Many of the Teen Mom stars have had some legal battles, but its never been an issue for Chelsea Houska until now.
A consulting company, Envy, whom Chelsea and her husband Cole had a contract with are suing the couple for a whopping $3 million.
Envy is a Canadian company based out of Toronto. They specialize in recruiting talent to market products for other companies. They are open about their values and commitments and their mission statement shows that.
“People do business with others they like and trust. As a relationship-driven firm, we are deeply committed to building and sustaining long-term internal and external partnerships, grounded in trust and transparency. A solid reputation and a lasting partnership can take years to cultivate, but both can be tarnished very quickly, which is why we don’t take it lightly.”
Envy was hired as a “consultant to negotiate appearance, endorsement, licensing, royalty and television agreements and related contracts” for the Deboers in 2015. They stayed on board with the pair until 2019 when they had enough of not getting their fair share.
Envy claims that the pair “breached their contracts by directing certain Brands to directly pay Houska, DeBoer, one of the other Shared Clients, and/or other persons or entities to avoid paying Envy Licensing Fees.”
They continued by saying:
“This included, but is not limited to Bombay Hair Wand, Carseat Canopy, Daniel Wellington, Diff, Fab Fit Fun, Highway3, Kitsch, Kitsch Hats, Loving Tan, One Memory Lane, Perfekt Beauty, Profile Sanford, Sintillia, Sparkling Organics Sipp, Sugar Bear Hair, Teami Blends, and Timeless Organics.”
Apparently Chelsea and Cole didn’t follow through with their promise to give a percentage of their social media earnings to the company. They were contracted to pay the company 35% of earnings from domestic (US) deals, and 40$ of their earnings with foreign deals. Envy claims that the couple are withholding funds promised to them after they helped Chelsea make her brand what it is today. The company also claims that Chelsea and Cole never paid some of the basic fees that were due.
Sounds like Chelsea had the bank to build her dream house, but not to follow through with her contracts and pay those who are deserving.
This lawsuit has been going on for awhile, but most recently Chelsea is asking for a third time for the court to delay the hearing. Apparently she doesn’t have her ducks in a row as of yet, but she’s blaming it on the ongoing pandemic.
The deadline for the court date was set for July 2nd, but the Deboers are asking that it be extended until September 30th. Court filings state “The pandemic has continued to delay the parties’ ability to compile necessary information and documents subpoenaed from third parties.”
Court filings obtained state that they have “worked cooperatively and diligently to advance discovery,” which basically means both parties have been working together to get together documents and evidence related to the case, but that they are “unable to complete discovery” by the deadline because of “circumstances beyond their control.”
Supposedly one of those circumstances is because both parties are working to come to a resolution on their own.
Hopefully Chelsea and Cole can figure this all out and come to a resolution before it ruins their credibility and no one else wants to work with the pair.