Are the Kardashian sisters denying a fierce look? Say it ain’t so.
Kim, Kourtney and Khloé are followed in tow by momager Kris Jenner into various legal proceedings to determine the fate of Kardashian Beauty’s new five-item Fierce Collection. Apparently, the beauty products were never approved by the Kardashian sisters.
On Wednesday, they accused Hillair Capital Management’s members Neal Kaufman and Sean McAvoy of trademark infringement. The Haven Beauty investor used the likeness of the Kardashian brand without permission on both merchandising and a virtual app.
The official complaint reads, “The defendants launched the Fierce line that had been specifically disapproved by the Kardashians. …As such, Hillair, Kaufman, and McAvoy are all a moving, active and conscious force behind the trademark infringement.”
The complaint and notice of the termination of their license agreement for Kardashian beauty were filed by the sisters prior to the product’s’ release on kbeauty.com, garnering validity to the infringement claims.
The Hillair and Kardashian parties seem to be at a stalemate as Hillair refuses to pay the Kardashian sisters their royalties until a lawsuit Hillair filed in March, outlining the Kardashians lack of support and damage-causing behavior towards the brand, is resolved. The $180 million asking price was filed away in arbitration and it seems Hillair is still holding onto hopes of its payout.
The Kardashian’s legal counsel, Todd Wilson, had hoped to settle the combating lawsuits with Hillair before the brand’s public defilement, however, HIllair has removed itself from legal discussions on compromise.
It is reported that Haven Beauty’s chief financial officer, Jeanene Morgan, reached out to Wilson in May to approve the Fierce Collection. As to which, the Kardashian team responded that they “will not approve anything, or consider approving anything until Haven/Hillair is no longer in breach of its obligations under contract.”
Someone’s gotta give, essentially. Either Hillair pays up, or the sisters give in.
Hillair was apparently a tad impatient as they continued with Kardashian Beauty’s Fierce Collection even after the strife, adding the collection to the YouCam app for virtual makeup try-on and purchasing. The collection is still expected to hit Ulta Beauty stores next month.
Hillair better watch out. This time, we don’t think Kanye’s going to let you finish.