Some of the most successful celebrity makeup lines are being hit hard with lawsuits – and big dollar ones at that. Let’s hope these celebrities have been wearing their waterproof mascara! Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are facing a $180 million lawsuit regarding an alleged breach of contract over their Kardashian Beauty line. Hillair Capital Management is suing the Kardashian women for failing to promote the line. Hillair came to the rescue of Kardashian Beauty in July 2014 when the former distributor, Boldface, was experience financial struggles. Hillair agreed to (heavily) fund Kardashian Beauty as long as the Kardashian sisters actively promoted the products via social media.
We all know these famous sisters run the social media world – Kim herself can reach nearly 80 million Instagram followers or nearly 50 million Twitter followers with a single post. But the number of promotional Kardashian Beauty posts, on the other hand, isn’t looking so hot. Hillair claims that the sisters not only failed on social media, but also failed to stand by their products and even spoke out against the line in an attempt to abandon Hillair and secure more money with different investors. And, in a very related matter, the Kardashians filed their own lawsuit against another cosmetic company, Haven Beauty, claiming that the company unjustly used the Kardashian name to promote and sell beauty products. So many products; so many problems.
The uber talented Katy Perry recently launched a beauty line in collaboration with CoverGirl. Hard Candy, a rival cosmetic company is shouting, “copycat” with regard to Perry’s logo on that CoverGirl packaging and has filed a lawsuit claiming that the small heart that appears on Perry’s products is the same one that Hard Candy has been using on their lipstick. Hard Candy wants Perry’s products to be banned from sale and also demands a share of the profits that have already been made. The matter is nowhere near resolving so PROOF will await the legal fireworks from the sidelines and keep you posted.