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What’s my age again?

What’s my age again?

iMDb, the well-known database for all facts related to the big and small screens, is fighting back against claims of facilitating age discrimination.  After an anonymous actress filed a complaint against iMDb for revealing her age on the website, Amazon.com, the owner of iMDb, filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.  Amazon claims that her complaint violates FRCP Rule 10(a), which requires that the pleading state the name of each party.  Although plaintiffs in the 9th Circuit can proceed in court anonymously if revealing their identity would lead to harm to the anonymous party, iMDb argues that they cannot defend the compalint unless the actress’s identity is revealed and the anonymous actress has not demonstrated arguments to merit her anonymity.  Although iMDb may have a valid argument, when merely an actress’s age can determine the roles she receives, many players in Hollywood, including SAG and AFTRA, are lauding the complaint.

Anne Reilly

Anne Reilly is a 3L at Fordham Law School and an associate editor of the Fordham IPLJ. Prior to attending law school, she toured with Riverdance, as a member of the Irish dance troupe, and received her B.A. in Art History at Columbia University. Anne hopes to pursue a career in litigation with a focus on intellectual property and art law.