With a happy marriage, four healthy kids, and a wildly popular new HGTV show, Chelsea Houska is on top of the world these days.
But no one reaches that level of happiness and success without attracting a few haters, so it’s no wonder a lot of people are throwing stones at Chelsea these days.
For the most part, vitriol takes the form of relatively innocuous social media trolling.
But it looks like one company is taking things a step further by fighting Houska in court.
As we previously reported, Chelsea and husband Cole DeBoer were sued of a consulting company called Envy.
Envy claims that promotions they ran for Chelsea and Cole’s social media pages helped make millions for the couple.
They say the DeBoers lied about how much they earned from those promotions, thereby depriving Envy of a $3 million cut.
Envy filed a lawsuit against Chelsea and Cole last year, and there was a time when it looked like the couple would settle out of court, if only to avoid worse news.
Perhaps they were encouraged by that fact their HGTV show has been picked up for a second seasonor maybe they just don’t want to pay millions when they don’t believe they did anything wrong.
Whatever the case, the DeBoers apparently declined to settle the lawsuit, and will soon face off against Envy in court.
“The parties are not seeking a settlement conference at this time,” said a court document obtained this week by a UK tabloid The day.
“Chelsea and Cole breached their contracts by ordering certain Brands to directly pay Chelsea, Cole, one of the other Shared Clients, and/or other persons or entities to avoid paying Envy Licensing Fees,” read the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff.
“Chelsea and Cole failed to disclose such directions and payments to Envy and failed to pay Envy Licensing Fees owed on such amounts.”
Envy went on to allege that Chelsea and Cole neglected to hold up their end of the bargain by “failing[ing] to perform” sponsored content roles for numerous companies, including Bombay Hair Wand, Carseat Canopy, Diff, Fab Fit Fun, Loving Tan, Profile Sanford, Sugar Bear Hair, Timeless Organics, and more.
Chelsea and Cole were also accused of brokering secret deals so that Envy would not receive any cut of the proceeds.
“Chelsea and Cole are now negotiating their branding and licensing agreements with Shared Clients to be executed by, and paid for by, the Covered Entities,” Envy’s lawyers said in the filing.
“Chelsea and Cole have received, and continue to receive, revenue earned by Shared Property Clients through Hidden Entities from the Brands.”
Obviously, the suit could potentially damage Chelsea and Cole’s reputations, if only because it reminds fans that the self-consciously folksy DeBoers are actually so good that they’re making multimillion dollar deals.
But clearly, the couple weighed their options and decided that a protracted court battle was worth the risk.
We’ll let you know! It can be messy!