Even though she probably really didn't want to, Real Housewives of OC's Vicki Gunvalson has pulled the plug and put down her personal vodka line. That's right, Vicki's Vodka is no more.
Among a lot of issues with the business, the main one was the legal battle she was entrenched in with her business partner, whom she's calling a bully. Here's what he attorney said:
"This lawsuit arises from the business decision of Ms. Gunvalson and her business partner, Michael Nicholson, an expert in blending and selling distilled spirits, to terminate the Vicki’s Vodka brand.
Their decision resulted from their ongoing dissatisfaction with the business practices and bullying conduct of their other business partner, who is a professional gambler in Las Vegas and the plaintiff in the case. He wants to continue the project; they do not."
If it's more trouble than it's worth, we totally get the choice to shut it all down!
The 'Gambler' is actually suing Vicki for a number of things: fraud, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith dealings, misrepresentation and unjustly enriching herself and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
That's not just a number of things, we guess — that's a whole buttload of things!
Here's Vicki's statement:
"This should have been the kind of routine dissolution of a small business that regularly occurs when co-owners disagree. Regrettably, the gambler has continued his bullying conduct by filing a lawsuit that has no merit at all. His claims are so lacking in factual and legal support that one can only assume the lawsuit was brought for its publicity value."
Weirdly enough, there was a 'Settlement Agreement' signed by them both in July, which was meant to 'fully and finally resolve any and all of the claims at issue' and to 'preclude any potential future litigation.'
Obvs that didn't happen, as her business partner's lawsuit says that Vicki 'almost immediately following the dismissal of Vicki from the federal litigation, Vicki disregarded the settlement agreement and breached the same.'
So Vicki is just gonna straight shut that shizz down!
Her statement continued:
“Ms. Gunvalson and Mr. Nicholson detailed their complaints about the gambler’s conduct in a lengthy letter in which they made an offer to buy out his interest in the business. That was rejected without a counteroffer. Since he cannot force them to continue working on the project, and as a professional gambler he does not have the industry expertise or fan base to make and market the project successfully, Vicki’s Vodka is dead. The gambler does not own the recipe and does not have a license to make, distribute or sell the product. No more vodka will be produced."
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in court!
Though, was anyone drinking this brand of vodka anyway? Let us know if this bums U out!
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