Remember when Sonja Morgan started promoting a line of prosecco named “Tipsy Girl,” and Bethenny Frankel got all, ‘Well I own the rights to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING with ‘Girl’ in it’ and responded by reportedly taking Sonja to court and trying to trademark the name, claiming Tipsy Girl would create confusion with Skinnygirl?
Well, Sonja is now speaking out about the booze and girl drama going down with her Real Housewives Of New York co-star. But Sonja insists she’s not about to let a business venture destroy a friendship! Bethenny doesn’t seem to share Sonja’s ethics!
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While appearing as a guest on Kocktails With Khloe (and abstaining from kocktails), Sonja reveals a change is in the future name for the alcohol division of Sonja Morgan International Luxury Lifestyle Brands. “I have to do something about the name,” she acknowledged. “My girlfriend Bethenny wasn’t thrilled with that.”
Sonja maintains the moniker was a mere coincidence. “It didn’t hit me, and then Bethenny was like, ‘Uh, I don’t like that.’ And I was like, ‘Oops, OK. We need to go back to the drawing board and figure something out that doesn’t come between my friendship. You know, I love the name, and I want to work.”
Demurring from any comments on legality or what may or may not be happening in court, Sonja explained,”I need to drop the word ‘girl,’ but my partners already trademarked that almost a year ago.”
“I’m just trying to work,” Sonja adds.
As for the rest of her very-varied businesses, Sonja insists it’s all “coming together at this ripe old age.” Well ummm… were Sonja Morgan Fashions on display at New York Fashion Week?
The only conflict of interest I see is that both Bethenny and Sonja star on Real Housewives Of New York, and that could create possible confusion? But the labels look absolutely NOTHING alike, and furthermore, Bethenny doesn’t sell or promote sparkling wines or champagnes. It’s important to note it’s not Jim Beam filing the papers – it was Bethenny’s division of the Skinnygirl LLC, so the actual company that holds the liquor rights wasn’t bothered by Sonja’s Tipsy Girl product. Because duh – a 35,000 zillion products contain the words girl in them. Yes, even other alcohols!
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