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Law School Graduate|Becomes a Plaintiff

LANSING, Mich. (CN) - A law school graduate claims in court that a photo studio violated his privacy and embarrassed him by circulating an email to his entire class featuring a photo of him that "accentuated the extensive blemishes on (his) face," side by side with a touched-up photo of him, to advertise its touch-up services.

Aminur Khan sued Call Photography, in Ingham County Court.

Khan, a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, claims Call Photography used his senior picture without permission in its embarrassing before-and-after shots, which "quickly became the subject of conversation throughout Cooley Law School and plaintiff's colleagues."

Khan says in his complaint that he "has suffered with aesthetic difficulties with the complexion of his face for the majority of his adolescence and adult life."

He says Call photographed him in February 2011, and in November circulated an email to his "entire graduating class" and four other graduating classes "and perhaps others," featuring his before-and-after pictures, and offered "Complexion retouching" and "Extensive retouching." (Underlinings in complaint, citing the email.)

"The email contained a side-by-side comparison of plaintiff's complexion before and after defendant's retouching process," the complaint states.

"This side-by-side comparison accentuated the extensive blemishes on plaintiff's face and quickly became the subject of conversation throughout Cooley Law School and plaintiff's colleagues.

"Plaintiff did not, and has not ever given defendant permission to use his photograph for commercial or any other purpose."

Khan seeks damages for violation of privacy rights, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

He is represented by Edwar Zeineh.

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