Published On: Mon, Aug 25th, 2014

‘Diet Detective’ Suing Paltrow for Using his Title

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Gwyneth Paltrow is being sued for allegedly violating copyrights on her website Goop.

The allegations center on the website’s use of the term “Diet Detective.” Manhattan based nutrition & public health advocate Charles Platkin has been using the term as a nickname since 2008 for both his health, nutrition, and fitness syndicated column and his website. He has accused Paltrow of using the name without permission in an article that she posted on July 18th.

The article was an interview with the Maryland based nutritionist Kelly Dorfman, who calls herself the Nutrition Sleuth. Paltrow shared the article on her Twitter page. The article read, “Today on goop: Diet Detective/Nutritionist Kelly Dorfman takes the mystery out of what might be plaguing our systems — and presents a program for picky eaters.”

Patkin filed complaints with Goop since the earlier alleged copyright infringements, but, as he asserts, Goop continued to use the Diet Detective name.

While the original posting in question was removed by Goop, apparently the site continued to use the name in meta tags.

Patkin also asserts that Goop’s postings had similar content to his own materials. He is seeking unspecified damages in a civil trial and a court order barring Goop from continuing to use the name. He filed the suit last week in US Federal court. The suit accuses Goop of “deliberate and unconscionable actions in infringing on Plaintiff’s trademarks.”

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