Gigi Hadid no longer has to worry about the paparazzi agency suing her for posting a photo of theirs on her Instagram. According to Page Six, Judge Pamela Chen decided to throw out the lawsuit as being baseless. The original lawsuit relied on copyright law for its merit, however, Xclusive-Lee Inc.—the paparazzi agency suing Hadid—didn't even own the copyright when they filed the lawsuit in the first place. At the time, "the agency had only applied for a copyright, not been formally granted registration."
The photo in question was taken after Hadid had posed outside of an event where she expected paparazzi to be. But when she found out about the lawsuit back in October 2018, she had more than a few words about the ways in which paparazzi constantly invade her personal privacy. She wrote, "To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences."
Hadid's attorney John Quinn wrote in a statement shared to Page Six: "We are pleased that the Court granted our motion to dismiss this meritless case... The Court's decision recognized this case for what it was—an effort to extract a settlement from Ms. Hadid with little regard for the basic requirements of copyright law."