Uh-oh, more trouble for Bravo, Andy Cohen, and Melissa Gorga.
Melissa Gorga’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson’s lawyer Larry Klayman is fighting to prevent his client’s lawsuit from going to arbitration.
According to PRN Newswire, Klayman says arbitration is the wrong place to send Jackie’s defamation lawsuit.
Back in February NBC Universal, the parent company of Bravo pushed for Jackie’s $30 million defamation lawsuit against them, Andy, and Melissa to be moved to arbitration.
NBC Universal feels that Jackie’s lawsuit belongs in arbitration based on the two separate contracts she signed when she agreed to appear on RHONJ. The contracts in question require that claims like Jackie’s go to arbitration.
However, Klayman is filing a motion with the judge to reconsider sending the lawsuit to arbitration claiming that Jackie “was pressured into signing a “one-sided” unconscionable contract containing an arbitration clause for settling disputes.”
“This contract was presented to her on a “take it or leave it” basis by the parties involved, including NBC Universal LLC,” he said.
Furthermore, Klayman claims that Melissa defamed Jackie when she claimed Jackie “snuck in, in the middle of the night and took all the clothes” from their boutique Envy.
Jackie says Melissa’s statements implied she stole the items but claims the items were hers to take and that she took them in the day.
Additionally, Klyman claims the judge “didn’t follow the law” but sending this cast to arbitration and that the arbitration clause in Jackie’s contract should be void because she was “in a weaker bargaining position” when she signed it and NBC Universal is worth billions.
“If the judge fails to act on our motion to reconsider, we’ll take this to appeals court. Even if we ultimately go to arbitration, I’m confident my client will prevail in any event,” Klayman told Law360.
“This is really a time for an ethics check for networks to go over ‘rules of engagement’ more fairly in these reality shows, especially since they are popping up on all topics these days,” said Thomas J. Madden, Chairman & CEO of TransMedia Group, the PR firm representing Robinson.
Oddly enough, Madden is a former NBC VP.
“There’s no excuse for national defamation and hopefully this case sets a precedent for reality shows, the producers who develop them and the networks that air them to deal with all parties involved fairly and responsibly,” said Madden.
Damn, Jackie clearly is trying to milk Bravo for everything she can. I don’t think Jackie deserves a dime because she knew what she signed on for when she agreed to film. Hopefully, this case goes to arbitration and she doesn’t get anywhere near $30 million.
* UPDATE* Per NJ.com a judge has ruled that Jackie Beard Robinson must settle her complaints against NBC Universal, Bravo, Andy Cohen, Melissa Gorga and RHONJ/Sirens Media producer Dorothy Toran in arbitration!
Thoughts on this latest development? Are you surprised a judge is sending Jackie’s case to arbitration? Is Jackie’s cast valid? Will Jackie walk away with millions from Bravo/NBC? Did Melissa defame Jackie? Sound off below!
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