About a year ago, we reported that Kate Hudson was releasing her own line of hair care products that would benefit global wildlife conservation. Well, looks like she may be in a bit of hot water!
Los Angeles-based 220 Laboratories is suing the actress, 29, and hairstylist David Babaii for fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, among other complaints.
The company claims she and Babaii stole a top-secret recipe to create their own line of hair care products.
In its suit, 220 Laboratories says it was the only supplier of volcanic ash in the United States and that it entered an “oral contract” with Hudson and Babaii in 2006 to develop and manufacture hair products.
The company claims that, after revealing their “confidential” ingredient list to Hudson and Babaii in November, the two then took the ash samples and shopped around to find a cheaper deal.
220 Laboratories claims Hudson and Babaii even used promo footage of the 220 team collecting ash with their new manufacturer, Universal.
220 Laboratories is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and attorneys’ fees, as well as an injunction against competitors’ use of their products.
“Kate and her attorneys are only just learning of the complaint, as Kate has not yet been served,” her rep tells E! News. “Kate does not know the plaintiffs and has never met with them or spoken with them. Her representatives believe that the claims are baseless and without merit and intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”