No one can ever say that Jeff Lewis is a patient man. When Jeff’s assistant, Jenni Pulos told him that she was writing a book, he demanded to know what it said and requested a copy of the manuscript. When Pulos refused to provide a copy, Jeff flipped out and into the closest Court House. War of the Roses is going to seem tame compared to Flipping Out Legal Style.
On November 14, 2012, Jeff and his production company filed for an injunction to prevent the production and/or distribution of the book written by Jenni.
The Complaint alleges, among other things that:
In 2008 and again in 2010, Jenni executed a Confidentiality and NonDisclosure Agreement wherein she agreed not to disclose (and actively protect) confidential information regarding Jeff’s business or personal life. [Paragraph 9 of Complaint]
The Agreement provides that any violation or threatened violation of the Agreement would cause “irreparable injury to Jeff.” Any violation would entitle Jeff to injunctive relief (meaning a restraining order) as well as the payment of attorneys fees. [Paragraph 10 of the Complaint]
In or about October, 2012, Jeff found out that Jenni was writing a book. Jeff reminded Jenni of the Confidentiality Agreement. [Paragraph 11 of the Complaint]
However, Jeff discovered that the book was finished and was entitled Hang In There, Baby – What One of the World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About Life, Work and Love. Jeff also learned that the book was already written, already assigned an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and is represented to be 288 pages. [Paragraph 12 of the Complaint]
Jeff sent written demands to Jenni and her agents, including a cease and desist in publishing the book. [Paragraph 13 of the Complaint]
The Complaint seeks a declaration that the Confidentiality Agreement remains in effect; that Jenni and her agents be prohibited from publishing and / or releasing the book; that Jenni be responsible for injury and damage caused to Jeff.
Jenni woke to the news that her boss was suing her:
Word of advice for Jenni, referring to your boss as an uncool bully may not make for a very good working relationship. If the allegations of the Complaint are accurate, Jenni needs to get the 411 on a good defense attorney.
UPDATE: Shortly after the filing of the within lawsuit, Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos settled the matter, resolved their differences and began another season of their hit Bravo Reality Show.