Lisa Rinna and the photo agency settle a $1.2 million copyright lawsuit in Los Angeles

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A copyright case has been settled in Los Angeles between ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Lisa Rinna and a photo agency that has sought $1.2 million in damages from actress for posting photos of herself and her daughters on social media, allegedly without prior agency approval, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Mark Scarsi issued an order Tuesday dismissing the case after being told the two sides had reached a settlement. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Backgrid claims Rinna infringed her copyright by posting on her own Instagram page eight photos of herself and her two adult daughters that were taken by paparazzi in public places.

The agency filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles last year after Rinna refused to pay a $1.2 million claim for damages. Rinna has garnered millions of social media followers for her roles on soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives’ and TV drama ‘Melrose Place’ as well as reality TV series ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent years by photographers or agencies against celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and the Kardashian sisters. These cases are usually settled out of court with a small payment.

Jack C. Nugent