Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson is facing yet another lawsuit filed by her former business partner. In the new court documents filed, her former business partner claims that he was scammed.
Robert Williamson filed the lawsuit against Vicki Gunvalson for fraud, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith dealings, misrepresentation and unjustly enriching herself and intentionally inflicting emotional distress on him.
One of the court documents in the case is a “Settlement Agreement” that both Vicki and Robert signed in July. It was a deal that would according to the document “fully and finally resolve any and all of the claims at issue” and “preclude any potential future litigation.”
In the agreement, Williamson would dismiss Vicki Gunvalson from all of his pending litigation against Vicki’s Vodka if she paid him $121,000 in damages. In exchange, Gunvalson would “continually promote her vodka in every possible public outlet”, “initiate tweets about VV [Vicki’s Vodka] and “increase personal appearances for bottle signings and/or similar events.”
Gunvalson would also be required to respond to any Vicki’s Vodka emails within 72 hours, attend trade shows and liquor events. She would also agree to not make “any derogatory or disparaging remarks about Vicki’s Vodka, Williamson or any other parties related to VV.”
Vicki’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Brooks Ayers is facing his own lawsuits with Williamson. Due to that fact, in the agreement Vicki would be prohibited from taking Ayers to any public signing events.
Williamson filed the new lawsuit claiming that “almost immediately following the dismissal of Vicki from federal litigation, Vick disregarded the settlement agreement and breached the same. In addition to breaching the agreement following execution, Vicki made false statements and representations to induce Robert Williamson III to enter into the settlement agreement.”
“Vicki represented that she would in good faith abide by the settlement agreement and use her best efforts to make Vicki’s Vodka successful. In reality, Vicki had no intention of abiding by the terms of the settlement agreement and had merely used the entire exercise as a means to solve certain problems, including her dismissal from federal litigation.”
In response to Williamson’s lawsuit, Vicki’s attorney, Alexander Rufus-Isaacs have demanded that his lawyer, H. Stan Johnson “dismiss the frivolous action” against her and have threatened to take legal action against him.
Rufus-Isaacs wrote, “We demand that the action be dismissed immediately. If it is not, my clients reserve their rights to file a cross complaint, seek Rule 11 sanctions, and file a suit for malicious prosecution after they have obtained judgment in this action.”
“If you are intent on pressing on with the action, it will be vigorously defended.” Rufus-Isaacs went on to claim that it was Vicki Gunvalson, not Robert Williamson III who has been defrauded.
“Ms. Gunvalson has fully performed all tasks that she agreed to perform.” He described that Vicki’s Vodka has been featured on “Real Housewives of Orange County”, “Joy Behar: Say Anything!” show and “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”
Rufus-Isaacs added, “Despite her continued good faith efforts to promote the product, Ms. Gunvalson became increasingly frustrated with Mr. Williamson’s lack of responsiveness and other behavior.”
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