Paparazzi sues to stop confidential information leaks

You’d suppose Paparazzi would kinda have its palms full, what between killing consultants at firm occasions and poisoning clients with poisonous jewellery.

Not so. The corporate has discovered time to sue an ex-employee and former consultants.

Paparazzi claims the group “stole confidential and guarded info” and distributed it on social media.

Paparazzi goes after the ex-employee and group of former distributors, for violating their “confidential and non-competition settlement” and Insurance policies and Procedures respectively.

Named former advisor defendants in Paparazzi’s swimsuit are:

  • Geraldine Souza
  • Kylee Robinette
  • Morgan Ferguson
  • Jennifer Dyer
  • Jaime Robinson
  • Jennifer Carrol and
  • Kimberly Drewry

The ex-employee defendant is Melissa Sorenson. Based mostly on the date she signed her confidentiality settlement, Sorenson appears to have commenced employment at Paparazzi on or round August 2019.

Paparazzi terminated Sorenson’s employment contract on January 18th, 2022. A purpose for the termination isn’t offered.

An exhibit detailing correspondence from the Papa Group United chat suggests Sorenson feels she was unfairly terminated.

No matter why Sorenson was terminated, Paparazzi allege after they terminated her, Sorenson joined the a FaceBook group chat titled “Papa Chat United”.

Paparazzi claims the group was run by the opposite former advisor defendants, “for the categorical goal of organizing efforts to harass and hurt Paparazzi.”

Upon info and perception, all the Defendants individually participated within the Group Chat over the course of a number of months.

Upon info and perception, the Group Chat was used as a method for ExConsultant Defendants to speak with Sorenson about stealing confidential Paparazzi paperwork and data, together with info which is outlined as Confidential Info pursuant to the Confidentiality Settlement.

Citing communication between the Group Chat, Paparazzi allege Sorenson advised the chat on February twenty fourth that, upon being terminated from Paparazzi,

she had improperly retained entry to a company administration account, which had not been shut down following Sorenson’s termination.

Sorenson reported within the Group Chat that she might login to Paparazzi’s confidential databases by means of the Paparazzi Admin Account.

Data of this noticed the previous advisor defendants

conspire, encourage, and work with Sorenson to make use of the improperly retained login info to entry and share Paparazzi’s Confidential Info.

Paparazzi declare Sorenson and the previous advisor knew their entry was unlawful, citing an try by Sorenson to cowl her tracks.

In an effort to guard herself and her co-conspirators, Sorenson defined within the Group Chat that she would “spoof” her IP handle and use a VPN to keep away from getting caught by Paparazzi.

Clearly, Sorenson and the Ex-Advisor Defendants knew their entry of the Confidential Info was improper and unlawful.

Over the following few months, Paparazzi allege Sorenson

accessed, downloaded, and shared huge quantities of Confidential Info with the Ex-Advisor Defendants within the Group Chat, together with the full variety of Paparazzi Consultants, clients, Advisor profiles, and energetic Consultants that she stole from the Paparazzi pc database.

Upon info and perception, Sorenson accessed and shared Paparazzi’s monetary information and data, together with info referring to gross sales and fee reviews.

Sorenson shared info relating to Paparazzi’s enterprise operations and processes, together with operations referring to a few of Paparazzi’s energetic Consultants.

This info is alleged to have been shared with the previous advisor defendants.

Collectively, they then shared info obtained from Paparazzi with “different individuals”.

Sorenson and the Ex-Advisor Defendants did so to try to hurt and disrupt Paparazzi’s enterprise, together with, for instance, its operations and its contractual relationships with its Consultants.

Paparazzi by no means licensed nor permitted Defendants’ improper and unlawful entry of Paparazzi’s Confidential Info.

And Paparazzi by no means licensed nor permitted Defendants to share the Confidential Info through the web.

Always, Defendants acted in secret, and in such a approach as to forestall Paparazzi from studying of their illegal actions.

In truth, at one level within the Group Chat, Sorenson even requested “simply to verify.. nobody is ever going to know the place these got here from right? . . . like nobody will ever know the way they have been obtained.”

Carrol responded: “By no means”.

Paparazzi claims it realized of Sorenson’s entry on April twentieth. Entry was lastly revoked on April twenty third.

Paparazzi filed swimsuit in opposition to Sorenson and the previous advisor defendants on April twenty fifth for

  • injunctive aid;
  • breach of contract (Sorenson);
  • breach of implied covenant of excellent religion and truthful dealing (Sorenson);
  • intentional interference with financial benefit;
  • civil conspiracy;
  • violating the Federal Fraud and Laptop Abuse Act (Sorenson); and

Along with injunctive aid, Paparazzi are additionally looking for damages.

On April twenty fifth, the identical day Paparazzi filed its lawsuit, the corporate additionally filed an emergency movement requesting a Non permanent Restraining Order (TRO).

Paparazzi respectfully requests that the Courtroom enter a brief restraining order with out discover, and, subsequently, a preliminary injunction, enjoining Sorenson and the Ex-Advisor Defendants from additional accessing, sustaining, or sharing Paparazzi’s confidential enterprise information.

An instance of hurt sustained by Paparazzi if an ex-parte TRO was not granted, pertained to Paparazzi’s present consultants.

Defendants’ actions have precipitated and proceed to trigger Paparazzi irreparable hurt.

Some Consultants have reached out to Paparazzi with concern that their confidential private info, together with addresses, contact particulars, monetary info, and Paparazzi fee funds have been accessed and shared outdoors of Paparazzi’s enterprise operations.

These considerations trigger reputational and lack of goodwill, and are fueled by Defendants’ improper and unlawful acts. In truth, there’s a danger that some Consultants might cancel their contractual relationship with Paparazzi primarily based on Defendants’ improper disclosure of Confidential Info.

Such hurt can’t readily be decreased to financial damages. Thus, given this irreparable hurt and the risk it poses to Paparazzi’s enterprise, the Courtroom ought to enter a TRO, with out discover, and a PI.

The courtroom declined to subject an ex-parte TRO in opposition to the defendants.

Following service and summons in early Could, a TRO listening to was held on Could tenth.

In a subsequent order granting the requested TRO, the courtroom discovered

Paparazzi has proven a considerable probability it is going to succeed on the deserves of its breach of contract declare which gives the idea for preliminary injunctive aid within the type of a brief restraining order.

The Confidentiality Settlement is a sound and binding contract between Paparazzi and Defendant Sorenson.

The Confidentiality Settlement required Sorenson to maintain Paparazzi’s Confidential Info strictly confidential.

Sorenson breached the Confidentiality Settlement when she shared Paparazzi’s Confidential info by e mail and although the Papa Group Chat with third events together with the Former Advisor Defendants.

Whereas there are factual disputes about these breaches, Sorenson acknowledges that she obtained and disclosed Paparazzi’s Confidential Info and Defendants admit that they knew of the confidentiality obligation or didn’t themselves obtain any confidential info and subsequently don’t oppose the restrictions of this Order.

And on account of Sorenson’s breaches and disclosures, Paparazzi has suffered damages to its enterprise status.

The Confidentiality Settlement expressly entitles Paparazzi to injunctive aid to forestall Sorenson’s disclosures of Paparazzi’s Confidential Info.

Paparazzi has demonstrated the probability that irreparable hurt will happen with out injunctive aid.

Right here, there’s a have to act promptly as a result of Paparazzi’s Confidential Info has been obtained and distributed. As soon as distributed, confidential info may be very arduous to guard and get better.

Rivals might additionally exploit the Defendants’ disclosures of Paparazzi’s proprietary Confidential Info to the detriment of Paparazzi’s enterprise.

Along with harm to Paparazzi’s enterprise status with its Consultants and clients, Paparazzi may additionally face reputational harm whether it is discovered to have violated state privateness legal guidelines.

The granted TRO prohibits Defendants from acquiring and additional utilizing or discussing Paparazzi’s “Confidential Enterprise Info” in any method.

The TRO is in place until Could twentieth. As of but there are not any additional updates on the case docket however I imagine meaning a preliminary injunction listening to is probably going on or earlier than Could tenth.

If granted, a preliminary injunction will make the time period of the granted TRO everlasting.

Given how this has performed out to this point, it’s extremely probably Paparazzi will get a preliminary injunction. From there the case will proceed to trial (though I believe settlements are extremely probably given the preponderance of proof).

I’ll proceed to observe the case docket for updates.


Replace Could twenty first 2022 – Paparazzi has been granted a preliminary injunction.


Replace August twenty fourth 2022 – An Amended Grievance by Paparazzi added Renee Burgess as a defendant.

Burgess seems to have since settled with Paparazzi. The corporate filed a Discover of Dismissal on August nineteenth, eradicating Burgess as a defendant.

In associated information, three of the Defendants have filed a Counterclaim Grievance.

The counterclaim alleges Paparazzi is a pyramid scheme and brings up their “lead and nickel free” scandal.