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[Dec 6] Catalina Ponor is taking RGF to Court for the Ardaf commercial

Catalina Ponor, the leader of the Romanian Gold team at Athens Olympics, has started a trial against RGF, which used her image in the Ardaf commercial. RGF status (which mention the image rights belongs exclusively to RGF and a contract signed by Catalina -where she gave up her image rights to RGF) were bring to Court yesterday, when the trial has started.

Catalina demands some moral compensation (no exact figure was mentioned yet) for her image being used. For the using of that commercial, B&B got from Ardaf some brand new Toyota cars, the RGF got a new WV small bus and girls showed in the commercials (and a Calendar distributed by Ardaf and RGF) got ...nothing (as usual...until now).
As a second thought, girls did get something: some (lousy) $3000 insurance policies, which RGF should have done for girls anyway, long time ago (and with a better cash coverage).

After a 1992 demonstration tour in Germany, the team got back then another WV bus instead of payment. (Back then, girls weren't paid at all for their work abroad). That "ghost"green bus was mostly used by the RGF (and their friends), causing a lot of disappointment for the girls who worked for it (Lavinia Milosovici and her teammates). That "ghost" bus was pictured in some Atac photos earlier this year, in front of a disco owned by somebody close to RGF (or an RGF young employee).

In my opinion, there are slim chances for Catalina to get anything from this trial, the only reason she can complain it may be (according to gym fans comments back then) the stupid white costumes which the girls had to put on them. Unfortunately, bad taste is not something to ca$h on it in a Court.

Related stories: First TV commercial with the Olympic Team

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