Victor Fuentes. Mexico City (August 30, 2011) - The company Genomma Lab International filed a commercial lawsuit against Thalía, for alleged breach of a two year contract to advertise the brand of Teatrical creams.
Judicial sources reported that the main reason for the demand is the pregnancy of the 40 year old actress and singer, who last June gave birth to her second child.
In one of Teatrical Clásica commercials, Thalía claims to feel as if 17 years old after using the product.
Sources reported that the company believes that breached of contract and affected its image, because the singer was pregnant and made wide broadcasting of the commercial during the transmission phase of the spot.
Genomma, company listed on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, seeks return of payments to Thalía, whose amount was not revealed, plus interest and payment of court costs.
The demand was declared admissible on August 11 by the eighth District Court in Civil matters in Mexico City, but the sufficiency of the initial phase of the trial could take more than six months, as was requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to initiate the procedure for notifying the defendant in New York, where she resides.
The procedure requires the submission of a document called Letter of Request, through which prompted the government of United States assisted by a local judge to notify Thalía and receive the answer offered by the defendant.
In this type of litigation, it is common to the parties to reach an out-of-court settlement to avoid the costs of a trial which, in all its instances can take between two to four years.
Aside from Thalía, it indicates that the Lady Thalia LLC company was sued.
According to the database of the Department of State of Florida, this company was founded as a limited liability company on January 25, 2010 and the only executive to the singer is herself.
The domicile of the company is a private house on the street of Caribbean Road in Palm Beach, registered in the name of Tommy Mottola, husband of Thalía and former President of Sony Music.
Last April, Thalía appeared seven months pregnant in a photo interview of Hola magazine in a Palm Beach mansion, according to press reports, then the mansion was put on sale for US$8.25 million.
Genomma acquired the Teatrical brand in June 2009 as part of an aggressive expansion strategy that has included the purchase of various traditional brands and an alliance with Televisa for marketing of their products.
In 2010 the company reported total sales of 6 thousand and 263 million pesos.
Other legal matters
In June 1998, Thalía canceled a concert in Honduras because of heavy rain and there was no sufficient protection for her and musicians to go up on stage. In addition, the teams were not equipped to withstand the climate and rain.
Faced with a lawsuit the singer agreed to return the advance payment she received and paid the technical staff fees.
In December 2000, Thalía was reported for alleged violation of Copyright Act to include in her repertoire a song whose author is the Argentine composer Hector Abel Maldonado.
The Mexican artist recorded the song Gracias a Dios, attributed to Juan Gabriel, but Maldonado stressed that it was very similar to Cuando Estoy Contigo written by him and registered in Dirección Nacional del Derecho de Autor de Argentina. The matter was settled out of court.
In September 2006, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) filed a complaint against Thalía, by posing for banned sites of Chichen Itza.
The scandal broke after a magazine published on July 10 of that year some pictures of the singer posing in restricted sites to the public, the Chac Mool and the head of Kukulkan.
However, Thalía struck a deal with the INAH, which withdrew the complaint.
Source: Mural, Reforma