ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than a half-dozen women have now joined a class-action lawsuit against a St. Louis plastic surgeon for what their lawyer calls a horrible breach of trust.
The plaintiffs were all former patients of Dr. Michele Koo, and each had agreed to allow their nude before-and-after surgery photos to be posted on Koo’s website – as long as they weren’t identified.
But attorney Neil Bruntrager, who’s representing the plaintiffs, says that’s not the way it worked out for Jane Doe #1 during a recent business trip.
“In advance of a meeting some people at that company had run her name in Google Images, just to get an idea of who they were going to be talking to,” Bruntrager tells KMOX News, “and they came across her (nude) before-and-after photographs, under her name which was a very unusual name.”
Bruntrager says his client was understandably humiliated.
Dr. Koo’s office has issued an apology, saying the problem arose from “a technical issue”.
But Bruntrager says the damage has already been done as far as his clients are concerned.
“Anyone who might consent to the use of a photograph would never consent that the photograph, particularly something like this where they’re basically naked from the chin to the waist, allow the use of their name.
He says more former patients are contacting his office every day and he expects the number of plaintiffs to join the class-action lawsuit that charges Dr. Koo with invasion of privacy, breach of fiduciary duty and exploitation, among other counts.
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