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Kim Kardashian is demanding that the $300 million lawsuit, accusing her of screwing over her former business partners, be kept out of the public eye.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kardashian is asking to move the federal lawsuit filed by David Liebensohn to arbitration. Arbitration is private and the proceedings would not be seen by the public.
Kardashian filed heavily redacted court documents in which she argues the lawsuit was filed in the wrong state. The case was filed in Oklahoma but she says it should be filed in California. She claims it would cause her business financial harm to continue in Oklahoma.
The reality star also tries to say the lawsuit was filed past the statute of limitations. She is asking the judge to dismiss it completely or move it to arbitration ASAP.
Earlier this year, Liebensohn sued Kardashian and her company, Kimsaprincess.Liebensohn – along with partners – created several clever phone apps. He also helped create a series of sexy emojis, that caught the eye of Kardashian.
He said Kardashian had her friend Jonathan Cheban reach out about wanting to put together an 80/20 deal with Liebensohn, where she got the majority of the profits. He refused to agree to those terms but they continued to talk to Kardashian.
Liebensohn and his partners then created a series of “Kimojis” which were a “set of animated emojis and GIFs of the Kardashian family, with Kardashian West.They claim she loved the idea and promised to work together as a team.
Liebensohn claims she insisted on filing the trademarks for the project herself. The two reached a 60/40 deal and started working.
However, he claims Kardashian then terminated their deal based on her belief Liebensohn’s partner had been talking about the project to third parties. He later claims she was aware of this before even entering into the deal, despite her saying otherwise when terminating the deal.
Kardashian’s lawyer threatened to sue him and his partners for $5 million, accusing them of emotional distress.
He claims Kardashian then launched her own “Kimojis”, despite not even coming up with the name. Liebensohn is suing seeking hundreds of millions in damages.