JLM Couture obtained a preliminary injunction against Hayley Paige Gutman.
In response, Gutman decided to change his name “officially and professionally”.
She asks her Instagram followers to help her choose her new name.
Hayley Paige Gutman has decided to change her name “officially and professionally”, she announced on Instagram Monday.
Gutman was in the middle of a legal battle with JLM Couture on social media accounts associated with the brand.
After months of trouble, JLM – who owns the Hayley Paige brands – sued Gutman for her personal use of the company’s social media accounts and received a temporary injunction against her, which was further investigated in a hearing which took place in January.
Last week, a judge granted JLM a preliminary injunction against Gutman after ruling that she had broken her contract with JLM, according to a press release from the company.
The ruling prevents Gutman from using @misshayleypaige social media accounts or the Hayley Paige trademarks.
“I am disappointed with JLM’s actions but determined to look to the future rather than the past,” Gutman told Insider in a statement regarding the decision.
“They have taken my name and my social networks for the moment, but the activity of JLM relies on the goodwill of extraordinary women, and I think they will be accountable to these women for what they have done”, she declared.
Because she can’t use her name for business purposes, Gutman decided to change it completely.
Gutman announced his decision to change his name in a new Instagram post of the @allthatglittersonthegram account.
“I might have lost this round in court, but the biggest story is about a girl you might know who is determined to plan for her own future,” Gutman said in the video. “I refuse to be anonymous, and I refuse to be unemployed. Since they took my name, I have decided to change it, officially and professionally.”
“I will not be reduced by what was taken from me,” she added.
Gutman is yet to choose her new professional name, and in the video she has asked her followers to help her pick a nickname.
She encouraged them to choose a positive name that is “filled with light”, and she made it clear that it should have no connection to her previous career.
“It must be brand new,” Gutman said. “It can’t be based on my birth name or anything I’ve done with JLM. They’re part of my past, and that’s my future.”
JLM declined to comment on Gutman’s decision to change his name.
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