December 13, 2013
In the article, “Snapchat Fires Back in Ongoing Legal Suit” published by the Daily Journal, partner David E. Fink analyzes the hotly contested business dispute between the founders of Snapchat Inc., Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy, and an alleged third founder, Frank Reginald Brown.
In a filing made to the U.S. District Court of California, Snapchat accused Mr. Brown's lawyers of breaching a court mandated protective order after leaking deposition videos of the case to Business Insider. The leaked footage shows Mr. Spiegel admitting that an app with disappearing photos was Mr. Brown’s idea. Snapchat argues that the videos should have remained confidential under a protective order, which Mr. Brown disputes.
“This case turns on whether or not a valid protective order was in place that prevented the disclosure of materials…to the public,” said Mr. Fink. “If a judge signs a protective order barring such disclosers, violation of the order can result in contempt of court.”
Snapchat Inc. made national headlines after turning down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, and has quickly become the most publicized tech startup in Los Angeles.