Kendall Jenner and her management company have hired a pair of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan practice leaders to defend them against a $1.8 million lawsuit alleging Jenner breached a contract with an Italian fashion label.
Alex Spiro, co-chair of Quinn Emanuel’s investigations, government enforcement, and white collar defense group, and Maaren Shah, co-chair of the firm’s art litigation and disputes area, are defending Jenner in federal court in Manhattan.
Spiro and Shah filed a motion on Friday to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Liu Jo, an Italian fashion designer, against Jenner, The Society Management, and Elite World Group LLC, The Society’s parent business. According to Reuters, Quinn Emanuel is also representing The Society and Elite World Group.
The case involves a fashion shoot that was postponed because to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to Liu Jo’s complaint, Jenner was recruited for two photoshoots celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary. The first was completed, but the second, which was scheduled to take place in London in March 2020, was delayed due to travel restrictions.
The fashion label, which claims it has already paid Jenner $1.35 million, claims it has received no answer from her following several attempts to reschedule the second meeting.
Jenner “continually offered Liu Jo various dates and locations to complete an agreement that was forced to be delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic,” a representative for The Society told Reuters after Liu Jo filed suit in August.
“This meritless litigation is about an Italian clothes brand’s attempts to dodge contractual duties after abruptly terminating a bargained-for agreement in direct violation of that agreement’s explicit terms,” Spiro and Shah wrote in their request to dismiss filed on Friday.
On her Quinn Emanuel website, Shah lists Elite World Group as a prominent client. The Andy Warhol Foundation was one of her clients. Meanwhile, Spiro is defending rapper Jay-Z in a lawsuit alleging that the photographer who shot Jay-Z for his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” misappropriated his image to sell products.
Spiro previously successfully defended Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk in a defamation claim brought by a British cave explorer whom Musk had referred to on Twitter as a “pedo person.”
A team of attorneys from Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is representing Liu Jo. A request for comment was not responded to.
Liu Jo S.p.A. v. Kendall Jenner, et al. is the case.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox’s Byron Pickard, Matt Zuziak, and Nicholas Nowak are representing Liu Jo.
Alex Spiro and Maaren Shah of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are representing the defendants.