The Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds has been open about her early marital struggles. The reality star married former baseball player, Jim Edmonds, and shares that they tend to spend more time apart than together. Jim splits his time between California where he resides with Meghan and daughter from a previous marriage, and St. Louis where he works. A new report is now explaining the reason why Jim had been absent from home more than he usually is.
Radar Online obtained U.S. district court documents which read that Jim was dealing with a lawsuit at the time RHOC was filming. The report reads that restaurateur, Jeff Ruby, owner of Cincinnati steakhouse The Precinct, had sued Jim and his company, MWS LLC, for trademark infringement after Jim opened his restaurant with the same name.
Jeff’s argument was that Jim, “has embarked in a deliberate and willful campaign to circumvent and misappropriate Plaintiff’s exclusive rights in the Precinct Mark and the goodwill associated herewith.”
Jeff also claims that Jim dined at the Cincinnati Precinct “several times,” while Jim was playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. Jeff continues, “Edmonds became uniquely and intimately aware of Plaintiff’s iconic Precinct restaurant,” alleging that Jim copied his “restaurant’s name, decor, and dress.”
Jim’s attorney’s admitted that Jim had dined at Jeff’s restaurant, but denied that Jim was involved in any trademark infringement. The attorney’s then “filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.” The judge, however, denied the request.
Jeff asked for Jim’s restaurant to be shut down as well as “sought a financial compensation for damages.”
The report then mentions that the case was dismissed on May 27th, 2015 after the two parties settled the case out of court after more than a year of legal battle. A week prior to settling the case, Jim and his partners announced that The Precinct had closed down on May 20th.
Do you believe that Jim’s lawsuit caused his absence from home??