The Mindy Project – a Model Show

I’m a big fan of sitcoms – popular ones, hip ones, old-lady ones – and my current favorite (now that 30 Rock is off the air) is The Mindy ProjectAmy, Tina, and Mindy – my trifecta of amazing, incredible, funny role models.  I adore them all.

Mindy is smart, funny, and very appealing.  And the show keeps getting better and better (although they’re clearly strugglingto find the right girlfriend for Mindy).  Danny and Mindy are the new Sam and Diane.  We know they’re meant for each other but, in the meantime, they bicker while pining over exes.  Danny’s ex-wife has been played on the show by the great Chloe Sevigny.  As Christina, Chloe plays a photographer.  And last week we found out that she took sexy photos of Danny during their brief effort to rekindle their romance.

Danny admitted that he signed a release but then went to a lawyer to see if he could stop Cristina from displaying the photos anyway.  But the lawyer wasn’t any help.  And that’s because Danny was in a tough spot.  A model release is a type of contract, which usually signs over unlimited use of the photographs for lawful uses (display, advertising, etc.) and waives the subject’s right to inspect or approve the finished product.  So if the agreement is valid (e.g., Danny understood what he was signing) and the release language is broad enough to cover displaying his image in an art gallery, then he can’t claim that Christina breached the terms of their agreement.  And if he wanted to revoke the release (i.e., essentially tear up the release like it never existed), then he would have to claim that Christina fraudulently induced him into signing the agreement.  And that’s a tough argument to make.

So Danny couldn’t stop Christina – no matter what he tried.  And the office came out to support his Weiner Night.  And everybody should take a lesson from this: no matter how much you think you love and trust someone, those dirty pictures are going to turn up somewhere eventually!

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Jessica_alegalgeek
Jessica has been litigating business and IP disputes for the past decade. During that time, she’s dealt with clients, lawyers, and judges who have varying degrees of appreciation for the challenges of managing discovery in an electronic age. Until the fall of 2011, she was an attorney at a large, Texas-based law firm, where she represented clients in state and federal court nationwide. That fall, she made a long-desired move back to the Midwest and is now a partner at Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC, a litigation boutique based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she continues to litigate while also consulting with business and law firms on e-discovery issues (before, during, and after litigation arises).