The Kardashiansâ€™ Krappy Week: Cosmetic Brandâ€™s Legal Troubles, â€˜Doxxingâ€™ Scandal, and Reality Show Accusations!
The second week of March has not been a good one to be a Kardashian.
Between Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe’s cosmetics line hanging by a thread, Kim’s financial information getting “doxxed” and published online, and their “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality show proven fake, the family has seen better days.
On Monday, a judge ruled that Khroma cosmetics, which the sister trio launched in November 2012, is likely to have infringed the trademark rights on makeup artist’s Lee Tillett’s Kroma line. Although it was initially reported that the ladies had to pull their beauty products from 5,321 stores in 48 states, that is not the case ... at least not yet.
Bennett A. Bigman, of Los Angeles law firm Liner Grode Stein, explains to omg! that the Kardashians and their legal team have seven days to file a stay. "They will be trying to appeal the order and they’ll be asking the Ninth Circuit, which is the federal court of appeals, to prevent the enforcement of the preliminary injunction until the appeal is finally determined. It basically puts this entire order on hold until the court of appeals has actually decided whether to issue a stay. Depending on the amount of time that it takes for the court to rule, no product is going to be removed or taken off the shelves. It may be a period of time if that happens … if it happens at all.”
It all began back in 2010, when Tillett’s representatives met with licensing and marketing company TLK Fusion, which had allegedly worked with the Kardashians for a Kim-produced show, “The Spin Room.” Although their discussions did not pan out, soon after, Boldface Licensing + Branding – which licenses the Kardashians’ name and likenesses – inked a $1 million deal with Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney for licensing rights for Khroma (with guaranteed royalty payments of $4.6 million to $5.2 million). Soon after, Tillett filed his suit, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Also on Monday, omg! reported that Kim, her mother Kris Jenner, and boyfriend Kanye West are amongst at least a dozen other celebrities and politicians whose personal financial information – including social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card information, car loan information, and important banking statements – was obtained by outsiders and posted online, a prank called “doxxing.”
omg! spoke with the LAPD and FBI, both of which are on the case, but neither could provide many details at this time as the investigation is ongoing, although the FBI did confirm that it's "aware of the website in question."
On Tuesday, even President Obama spoke out on “doxxing,” which has also victimized First Lady Michelle Obama. “We should not be surprised that if you've got hackers that want to dig in and devote a lot of resources, that they can access this information," he told “Nightline.”
And on Wednesday, the family, namely Kim, took its most embarrassing hit of the week. Life & Style reports that during a February 4 deposition in the divorce case between the pregnant star and Kris Humphries, a producer for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” admitted many scenes depicting Humphries negatively were faked.
According to court documents obtained by the magazine, Russell Jay revealed that Kim, 32, was aware that Humphries was going to propose before he “surprised” her with a 20.5-carat ring … and they even re-shot the scene because she didn’t like her initial reaction.
Regarding another scene for her spin-off, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” where she confessed to her mother that her marriage was struggling, Jay confirmed that Kim filmed it after she filed for divorce … and even used a “tear stick” to evoke her “ugliest crying face ever” made famous on the February 2012 finale.
There are still two more days left in the week … what else could go wrong for the Kardashians?
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