June 16th, 2011
The Kardashians managed to fend off a $75 million lawsuit, which claimed the girl’s caused the collapse of a credit card company by pulling out of a spokesperson deal and also making disparaging comments about the company.
Despite having a simple sponsorship agreement in place, the court looked to the important freedom of speech issues rather than addressing it as a traditional contract claim. The court granted the Kardashians’ anti-SLAPP motion, a California device that protects the right to comment on issues of public import, and also awarded them over $6k in attorneys fees. The decision noted that the credit card company’s services had garnered negative press from before the sponsorship deal, so the Kardashians were not to blame for the failure of the company.
Read more about the case here.