LEGAL ISSUES

Snapchat Founders File for Restraining Order Against Former Friend

After being sued by their former fraternity brother Reggie Brown, Snapchat's founders are fighting back.
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There's never a dull moment for Snapchat's founders.

According to TechCrunch, founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have filed a restraining order against Reggie Brown, the guy who claims to have who first developed the idea for Snapchat, which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear in seconds. Brown and Snapchat's founders are already embroiled in a legal dispute, with Brown suing his former classmates for his rights to an ownership stake in the startup.

During the course of the lawsuit, Brown has been leaking information to the press that the recent restraining order filing claims are confidential. The restraining order is apparently an attempt to keep him quiet. "The requested relief is necessary to prevent great or irreparable injury to Snapchat," the filing reads. "Snapchat has produced substantial amounts of commercially sensitive and private information in this case, including among other things highly confidential financial and investment information related to Snapchat's business [...]."

The filing goes on to say that on December 2, Brown's lawyers stated that unless Snapchat took legal action to protect its confidentiality agreements, Brown would continue to "assert a unilateral right to publicly disclose, without any notice or meet and confer, literally every scrap of confidential information designated by Snapchat." Brown has also promised an exclusive interview to GQ, according to the filing.

One major point of contention between both parties is a deposition video that was leaked to Business Insider, in which Spiegel admits that Brown did conceive of the disappearing photos ideas and that he "may deserve something for some of his contributions," none of which will help Spiegel's and Murphy's cause.

The drama is nothing short of Winklevossian. As you'll recall, the Winkevoss twins sued Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their idea for the social network that predated Facebook. That suit ended in the Winklevii walking away with a handsome settlement. Coincidentally, the brothers were represented by the law firm Quinn Emmanuel, the same firm now representing Snapchat.

Quick, someone alert Aaron Sorkin!

IMAGE: Snapchat/Brown Lawsuit (modified)
Last updated: Dec 9, 2013




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