Court: Henry Dunay Can Keep Social Media Presence



Famed designer Henry Dunay will be allowed to communicate on Facebook and Twitter, provided he refrains from promoting his jewelry business, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on Dec. 14.

The ruling still requires Dunay to give up the domain, Henrydunay.net.

The court’s ruling modified a Nov. 21 order restricting Dunay on how he uses his name on social networks and the Internet. Dunay had been sued by Sandawana Holdings, which bought the intellectual property to Dunay’s company, including his name, following its bankruptcy. Sandawana claimed that by promoting his new business online, Dunay was violating the terms of the sale order.

“I think this is very good news,” Dunay tells JCK. “Up to this point I was not allowed to use anything.”

Dunay’s new lawyer, Charles Colman, says, “We haven’t yet decided whether to seek broader relief by appealing to the Second Circuit, but it’s nice to know Mr. Dunay won’t be rendered completely nameless on the Internet.”