February 04, 2014 02:00 PM by Suzy Kerr
Bethenny Frankel is determined to keep her trade secrets a secret. The former Real Housewives of New York City star has filed a motion requesting a judge seal all the documents related to the class action lawsuit she’s currently embroiled in. So far the judge hasn’t come back with a decision, and sources say Bethenny is very worried about her private info becoming public.
According to RadarOnline, the ex Housewife filed paperwork back on Dec. 6 asking a judge to keep all documents relating to her class action lawsuit private. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2011, alleges that Bethenny and her Skinnygirl company engaged in false advertising with their product ingredients, with the plaintiff requesting millions of dollars in damages.
A source close to the case says that Bethenny’s big concern right now is that the information in the court documents will become public record, outing her trade secrets and personal business information. In a deposition, the former Real Housewives of New York City star said, “the transcript contains non-public, commercially sensitive confidential and proprietary business information.” Some of the more worrisome pieces include “sales data, business plans, research and marketing presentations,” which Bethenny thinks may damage her company if these are made public, especially if competitors get their hands on the info.
The reality star turned talk show host has also hired a man by the name of Dr. Ugone, who’s an expert in….something. Bethenny plans to use his expertise in whatever it is to help defend her case, and in the Dec. 6 filing, she’s also asked that his testimony be sealed as well.
So far, the judge hasn’t issued a decision in the matter, so B. Frank will have to wait a little longer to see if her secrets are safe.
So what do you think about Bethenny Frankel’s request for privacy? Should these court documents be made public, or are Bethenny’s fears justified? Tell us in the comments!
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