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Katherine Heigl sues Duane Reade pharmacy over photo

Katherine Heigl is seeking at least $6 million in damages. The actress claims that Duane Reade Inc. is using an unauthorized photo of her in its promotional materials.

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Actress Katherine Heigl poses at Variety's 4th annual Power of Women event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

The 35-year-old who acted in the television series "Grey's Anatomy" and in movies including "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses" is seeking at least $6 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.

A Duane Reade spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit says Heigl was recently photographed by paparazzi in New York City as she left a Duane Reade pharmacy. It says the company is exploiting the actress' image for commercial gain despite her objection.

The complaint says Heigl plans to donate any lawsuit proceeds to a charitable foundation that helps animals.

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