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Elite Model Management Victorious In Alleged Model Poaching War (UPDATED)

By Gary Trock

UPDATE: According to court documents, the judge has now reversed the interim court order that dismissed the case against Elite Model Management.

The judge points to oral testimony that was given by Women's Models Management, and amended the order to continue the court proceedings.

Women's Models Management tells The Blast, "As the court’s order makes clear, our case against Elite, its owner and executives was not dismissed. The court’s order also makes clear that we won an injunction that prohibits our model managers from soliciting our models until 2020 and in some cases 2021. We intend to vigorously prosecute our claims against Elite and the other members of the conspiracy that have wrongfully targeted our client."

The battle between two modeling agencies is over after allegations of poaching top talent, like supermodel Behati Prinsloo, was unfounded.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, a N.Y. court dismissed the case against Elite Model Managements and their executives, Eddie Trump and Dejean Markovic.

The interim order was signed by the judge on August 19.

The case was initially filed by Women’s Models Management, who claimed that the bigger Elite management firm was poaching top talent, including Prinsloo.

The judge in the case ruled that Elite Model Management owed "no duty" to the plaintiff, and that the argument by Women's Model Management didn't fit the bill for an injunction.

Elite Model Management

Even Prinsloo filed documents during the case arguing that she left the agency on her own, and that any allegations she was poached are false.

Elite had insisted that the models, including Adam Levine's wife, had come over to escape the "toxic" environment at the other firm.

After the decision by the courts, Elite's trial lawyer, Jeff Carton, told The Blast, "The Court properly rejected Women’s false claims and desperate effort to divert blame to Elite for its self-inflicted wounds, which resulted in a complete win for Elite."

Carton added, "We very much appreciate that the Court denied Women's attempt to prevent Elite from representing models who decided to leave Women because they believed it to be a dysfunctional agency unable to adequately represent them."

Elite's general counsel, Mark Hirsch, made it crystal clear, "As a result of the ruling, Elite is free to represent models who have left Women."

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