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War Photographer Sued Agence France-Presse For Stealing Photos, AFP Wants Portuguese Law

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 30 – War photographer Leong Francisco Paulo sued Agence France-Presse for stealing his photographs from Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere. 

 On September 19, 2022, the case was re-assigned to new U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jennifer L. Rochin, and Leong filed opposition to AFP's motion to dismiss (and send the case to Portugal).

  Leong submitted a declaration, spotted in the docket by Inner City Press that day, that he filed in the US "because I was able to find a lawyer in the US that could take my case on contingency."

 He noted that the AFP employee who terminated him was Patrick Rahir, AFP's Bureau Chief in Madrid, not Lisbon. 

On December 30, AFP and Getty filed with the assigned Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave to argue again for forum non conveniens, citing and distinguishing the Guidi case against a hotel where Americans were killed by an Egyptian gunmen while dining. They insist that Portuguese and not US law apply. 

 The case is Paolo v. Agence France-Presse, 21-cv-11209 (Rochon).


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