'RHONY' Star Bethenny Frankel Suing Rival Company For Copying Skinnygirl
Oct 22, 2015 07:50 AM EDT | By Jackie Pasaol
The 'Real Housewives Of New York' star, Bethenny Frankel has filed a lawsuit against a couple, claiming that the entrepreneurs were trading using her famous brand, Skinny Girl to sell their weight loss tea products.
According to TMZ, Frankel's company SG Marks is suing Travis and Stacey Labarge as the couple's Skinnygirl Tea is a "rip-off of the real deal." The reality star claimed that her fame is the real reason behind of the company's success and her famous name has piggybacked onto the entrepreneurs' products.
Bethenny's company is asking the judge to halt the couple from using the existing name and she is also seeking monetary damages.
However, in defense to their product, Travis Labarge told TMZ that the product name they're using was completely coincidental. He said that he created the name by using Google keywords for their weight loss tea and claimed that he wasn't aware of Frankel's brand.
SkinnyGirl first emerged in 2009, after Frankel included it in the titles of the two books she wrote that features helpful tips to women on how to stay slim. Back in 2011, she launched her own brand of Skinnygirl Cocktails, which was a huge success as she sold it for $100 million.
Meanwhile, Bethenny Frankel is currently busy filming the eighth season of 'The Real Housewives of New York City,' following her three season hiatus in part to concentrate on her businesses and was actually having second thoughts of coming back to the season eight of the reality show.
"I'm weighing a bunch of different opportunities and deciding how I want to spend my time," Frankel told PEOPLE. "I never want to go back to that place I was at a couple years ago where it was just non-stop. I felt like I was on a ride and I wanted to get off."
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