PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Sixteen models, including a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, are suing a Florida nudist resort for using their pictures in promotional advertisements without their consent, according to a federal lawsuit.
Jaime Edmondson is among the plaintiffs seeking more than $1.6 million in compensation from Caliente Club & Resorts in Land O'Lakes.
According to the lawsuit filed Friday in Tampa, Caliente featured the same image of Edmondson twice in social media and branding. The advertisement shows Edmondson wearing a revealing Tampa Bay Buccaneers shirt next to a logo of Caliente above a crowded pool with the words, "Football or Pool Party or Both!"
Edmondson, a Florida Atlantic University graduate, is a former Dolphins cheerleader who is engaged to Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
According to the lawsuit, Caliente used "false advertising" by suggesting that Edmondson worked at, was affiliated with or would appear at the resort. The lawsuit claims that the use of Edmondson's image "misled and served to entice customers and prospective customers" to join the resort.
The lawsuit is seeking $100,000 in damages for Edmondson.
Local10.com called Caliente seeking comment about the lawsuit and was referred to the resort's human resources director. A message was left on the answering machine for that person.
Other models who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit are John Coulter, Rachel Koren, Laurie Young, Brenda Geiger, Clark Gilmer, Amber Lancaster, Ursula Mayes, Tiffany Toth, Alana Campos, Dessie Mitcheson, Sabella Shake, Jessica Hinton, Jessica Burciaga, Irina Voronina and Carrie Minter.
The lawsuit seeks a jury trial.
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