Bethenny Frankel will reportedly return to court for a second time in a lawsuit filed against her Skinnygirl brand in 2011. According to a new report, the returning member of The Real Housewives of New York City may be deposed again in a lawsuit, which claimed her “all natural” liquor contained preservatives.
During a status conference, as Radar Online reported on January 12, the judge ruled, “Plaintiff’s counsel may re-depose Ms. Frankel. Discovery deadline remains as set.”
In court documents from July 2014, it was confirmed that neither party in the suit was considering a settlement. However, at the time, Maureen Stewart and Kelly Lamicella, who filed the suit against Frankel, were hoping to get talks started in regard to a possible end to the suit.
“The parties are not engaged in any settlement discussions. Plaintiff believes that settlement discussions would be beneficial and productive. Defendants do not believe settlement discussions would be productive.”
Months later, Bethenny Frankel filed a motion to have her court documents sealed.
In a November 2014 report by Radar Online, it was reported the reality star wanted the judge to keep the documents private “because they would reveal her confidential public relations strategy.”
“A small collection of email communications and documents attached to those emails” are “confidential business strategy communications” that include “discussions of public relations strategy with Bethenny Frankel, draft public relations statements, and discussions of possible alternative product formulations and ingredients.”
As the Inquisitr reported in October 2014, Frankel will return to The Real Housewives of New York City for the series’ upcoming seventh season.
Frankel revealed the news in a blog entry on her official website.
“After many years of hesitation, I have decided to return to my roots on ‘The Real Housewives of New York City.’ I have been through a long and arduous road since my departure, and I’m finally coming out on the other side. It finally feels right to go home again.”
“After my talk show ended, I really had doubts about ever going back to television. I’ve been through a lot personally, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to expose myself to any more public scrutiny. That said, I’ve been so fortunate to be able to connect with the audience and inspire them to fulfill their wildest dreams. I learned a lot about myself through that experience. I really need to be able to express myself freely and creatively; I like when no two days are the same, and I don’t thrive when being filtered or edited.”
Bethenny Frankel and the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City will return to Bravo later this year.
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