Whitney Port Sued over Design Line

03/24/2010 at 12:27 PM ET

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While Whitney Port‘s design career is taking off in stores, on the runway and on-screen, she may have hit her first major hiccup — a lawsuit filed by designer Adrienne Baravetto, who claims she helped Port design and launch her line (then called Eve & A) starting in 2007. As first reported by TMZ.com, Baravetto alleges she had an oral agreement with Port and her father, including a $80,000 yearly salary plus a 25 percent stake in the company. Baravetto also alleges that she did virtually all the design work and that the Ports haven’t paid her a dime. Port’s lawyer Michael A. Taitelman tells PEOPLE, “The lawsuit that Adrienne Baravetto filed on March 19, 2010 against Whitney Eve, Inc., Whitney Port and others regarding the Whitney Eve clothing line is baseless and without merit. Whitney Port is, and always has been, the designer of Whitney Eve. Baravetto worked for Whitney Eve for a short period of time ending in early 2008. For more than two years, she has been silent. For reasons that we will uncover, she has decided to make these unsubstantiated allegations at this time. The defendants will vigorously defend themselves, and upon the successful conclusion of this lawsuit in their favor, they intend to hold Baravetto and her counsel accountable for their reckless conduct.” Says Baravetto’s attorney Peter Maretz, “Ms. Baravetto did the heavy lifting for these designs and she just wants to get paid fairly.”

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tonya on

Why in the world would anyone claim that mess? If she did indeed design that cheap-looking line, she should be ashamed.

Andrea on

I seriously can’t believe this Whitney seems like such a good person she would never do that! Good luck Whitney hope everything gets cleared up!

soyselene on

An oral agreement means nothing. Something in writing would hold up much better in court, people do anything to make a quick buck these days. This will just turn into a he-said-she-said ordeal.

ellen on

man oh man always something,everybody’s so selfish nothings ever enough for some people always trying to cash in on something these people got to stop being greedy and also stealing others ideas good ones or not. Enough! Make your own money!Sign contracts and as the Good Book says “Learn to be CONTENT in whatever state your in!”

Megan on

Sorry but oral agreements really mean nothing. There is nothing that proves this exchange happened. Always get it in writing sweet heart. This line was designed in 2009-2010, this girl has not worked for her since 2008, that timeline doesn’t seem to hold up.

Jon on

This lawsuit is ridiculous, and this woman will not win! It’s a shame this is happening! Hahaha, it’s so funny that J.Love gets turned on by staples, and I’m glad she appreciated her ex, Jamie Kennedy, writing a chapter for her book!

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Tammy on

who’s whitney port?

BRANDY on

I DON’T FIND HER DESIGNS TO BE A “MESS” ….AND
THEY CERTAINLY DON’T LOOK “CHEAP.” SOME JEALOUS
TWIT TRYING TO CASH IN ON WHIT’S TALENT.
YOU HANG IN THERE WHIT, LOVE YA !

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