People Magazine could go to trial for misidentifying an entrepreneur as the mistress of a Google co-founder, based on an April 3 court decision.
The Time Inc. publication failed to convince a judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit that centers on a 2013 article called "Billion-dollar breakup? Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife split amid reports that he's been searching for love on staff."
That "love on staff"—alleged mistress and Google staffer Amanda Rosenberg—was supposed to be pictured below the headline.
Instead, People used a photo of entrepreneur Nathalie de Clercq, co-founder of Wiplabs Designs, a start-up that designs and sells accessories like docking stations and chargers, according to the company website. The People article shows De Clercq wearing Google Glass—an item Rosenberg also wore in her role as Google Glass's marketing manager, according to court filings.