The first site I was sent reporting this story made absolutely no sense and they did not credit their source. So I have been poking around trying to find out what is going on. First, let me give you a little bit of prior knowledge.
If you remember this Blind Item, about dresses, I will now let you know in case I didn’t before that it was about the RHONY. I posted that blind in January of 2017. At that time, I had been shown a group email sent to some of the housewives from one of the housewives. The sender was NOT Ramona. The women were furious that they had to buy four dresses one long red, one short red, one long black and one short black to tape the season intro and they would not be reimbursed. They complained about having to purchase their wardrobes all season and then buy dresses on top of that they would not buy on their own. Bravo does not reimburse housewives for wardrobe.
On Friday, Lisa Taubes, DBA T360 Inc., filed a civil lawsuit for breach of contract is she is asking for damages “in excess of $150,000.” Taubes is claiming that she was not compensated in accordance with the contract “for her hours worked as well as on commissions.” Commission for what? Page Six says that Taubes claims she was to be paid $4,000 a month for up to 20 hours of assistant time, in addition to other fees. So she is a $200 an hour dog walker who makes the occasional social media post. Seems like a good gig if you can get it. I have no idea what this woman thinks she sold in order to earn a commission.
Taubes is the sole employee of T360 and according to her Linked In account, Ramona Singer’s business RMS is the sole client of the company. I found no listing of T360 Inc registered as a corporation in the state of New York, or New Jersey. Lisa Taubes resume lists her title as Director of Marketing and Branding for Ramona Singer. She has worked for Ramona since January of 2016. She lists her duties as, “Work directly with Ramona Singer on a daily basis. Control her social media, bookings, business development, promotions, and partnerships. Create new ideas in branding.” Ramona fired her in December of 2017.
Ramona has someone who does her bookings, that would be her agent. She’s not developing any businesses, she doesn’t sell anything currently other than the online merch like coffee cups and t-shirts with quotes on them. That requires no management. The company that produces the merch handles everything for a cut of the profit. There are not promotions or partnerships. So basically she ran her social media. Sonja has “interns” lined up out the door to do that for free.
Taubes is suddenly, after two years filing suit as against Ramona with no clear cause of action because she has been “bookkeeping, dog walking, payment of personal bills, searching for furniture and apartment decor, and other personal errands.” That is quoted from the original article on this subject posted by The Wrap. Again, Sonja Morgan has people willing to do those things as free interns, I imagine Ramona could do the same thing. If you work as a personal assistant and dog walker for two years then that is your job description.
Thus ends the relative merits of lack thereof of this case. Then she starts what appears to me to be slander with intent to defame. I get the feeling she has some first year law student who is the child of one of her friends file this suit. At any rate she makes the following claims
- Singer would routinely request that she “purchase designer clothes for the filming of Ms. Singer’s show, and instructed Plaintiff to submit receipts to Bravo Cable Network for reimbursement and then asked Ms. Taubes to return the clothes for refund.” Bullshit. Bravo does not reimburse for clothing. I don’t doubt Ramona has bought a dress or two to film in and returned it the next day. And since Taubes appears to be her girl Friday, she might have been tasked with picking up or returning a dress, but that’s none of her business nor is it related to her pay in any way. She did this job for two years and was paid for two years. This is just petty.
- She also claims that Singer told her to “submit fake receipts for reimbursement on clothes that she already owned and demanded Plaintiff carry out these tasks.” Utter bullshit. Bravo does not reimburse for clothing.
- Singer demanded that Taubes sign an NDA after she was fired. And when she refused, Singer pushed her and dumped the contents of her handbag onto the floor. On what planet does an employer ask for an NDA after they fire someone? Not even on Planet Ramona does that happen. This has nothing to do with the cause of action and seems to be included as some sort of public libel.
Both stories on this subject have titles like Ramona accused of scamming Bravo, as if Bravo is suing her. This has nothing to do with Bravo. This is a fired contractor throwing a fit because she doesn’t get to pick up dog poop anymore.
We all know that Ramona has no compunction about making off with a dress or two that doesn’t belong to her. Bethenny brought that up more than once. But this is the stupidest lawsuit I’ve never read. Someone send me the full motion. Because this is just a waste of a filing fee. And from my perspective, she’s opened herself up to a lawsuit from Ramona. You don’t want to mess with the Singer Stinger, honey. You just burned your only reference for the past two years.