Ford Files $4M Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Against Women

NYC-based modeling agency Ford has filed suit against two of their former models for $1 million each. The major agency claims that Alana Zimmer (pictured below) and Karolina Waz have each broke their three-year management contracts with Ford by signing with rival agency Women Model Management. In addition to suing the modeling, Ford has filed suit against Women Model Management for $2 million, claiming the management company poached the two top models. In the lawsuit filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, Ford alleges that "Women has shown that it acts brazenly, going after models whose careers have been cultivated by Ford."

Ford further alleges in its complaint that Zimmer, in particular, is one of the most important models of the moment, appearing in "Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W Magazineas well as on the catwalk for designers such as Pucci, Armani, Gucci, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Christian Dior. In the suit the agency states that it is their "determined efforts [that] are responsible for moving her to the brink of superstardom."

Interestingly enough, the two companies have some history. Women sued Ford two years ago for poaching. During Ford's failed bid to purchase Women in 2008, Ford allegedly obtained confidential information about Women's personnel and finances that was used to poach Women's top executives and also models. The suit was ultimately dismissed in 2011.