I don’t think there’s a week that goes by when Lindsay Lohan isn’t in a spot of bother. This time around, she and her brother, Michael Lohan Jr., are being sued to the tune of $60 million for stealing an idea for a virtual closet app from a former business partner. Oh, dear.
From Page Six:
In court papers filed Thursday, Manhattan resident Fima Potik claims Michael Lohan Jr. — a summa cum laude grad of Ithaca College — and his famous sister stole his trade secrets and big-name advisors like Arianna Huffington from his online shopping company Spotted Friend to start a competing business.
After meeting Potik in 2013 the Lohan siblings, along with Michael’s roommate Christopher Roth, became equity members of Spotted Friend.
The Lohans and Roth signed a confidentiality agreement with Potik and he handed over a beta version of Spotted’s mobile app, the software, potential revenue streams and a list of advisors.
The “Mean Girls” actress agreed to be Spotted’s spokeswoman, and signed a contract giving Potik access to her physical closet, according to the suit. The app allows users to view celebrities’ and friends’ virtual closets—then purchase wardrobe items.
Things seem pretty normal so far, right? Except… not. Because a few months later, the Lohans launched a commerce website called Vigme that’s apparently a “virtual clone” of Spotted. Oh, dear.
“Vigme’s mobile application, as displayed on Vigme’s website, Facebook page and Twitter page, is nearly identical in design and layout to Spotted Friend’s mobile application,” the suit says.
“Specifically, Vigme’s mobile application implements social community features, including what appears to be a user’s personal ‘feed’ and a ‘trending’ function, all of which originated from and are present in Spotted Friend’s mobile application,” the suit says.
Potik, a Boston University grad, says “published reports indicate” that both Huffington and Deutsch are advising Vigme.
Unfortunately, shitty, shady stuff like this happens all the time. Especially considering this is the Lohan family we’re talking about, I 100% believe they are guilty of this. Michael seems like just as much of an asshole as his sister (and his father, for that matter), so…