Uh oh! Real Housewives of New Jersey star Margaret Josephs’ lifestyle brand, Macbeth Collection, was sued for $12 million by clothing company Vineyard Vines in 2014 — and the case is still open. According to legal documents exclusively obtained by In Touch, Vineyard Vines accused Margaret’s company of “trademark infringement.” The judge ruled in favor of Vineyard Vines, and Margaret was ordered to pay $300,000 in damages – but she never paid the full amount.
“Margaret didn’t abide by the ruling,” Vineyard Vines’ lawyer Todd Sharinn told us. The company is now asking for $7 million — and expects Margaret to pay. “I’ve seen some of her banking records… she lives a pretty good life, obviously good enough to get on RHONJ,” Todd revealed. Margaret’s rep had no comment, citing the fact that the litigation is ongoing.
The eighth season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres in October, and audiences will meet the businesswoman, 50, who will join returning Housewives Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, and Siggy Flicker, as well as Danielle Staub, who appeared on seasons 1 and 2 of the reality series.
She earned her degree in marketing and fashion design and launched Macbeth Collection soon after. Since launching, her company has grown into a lifestyle brand, covering fashion, tech, beauty, and more. However, with this lawsuit still pending, it'll be interesting to see what happens to it — and her future on RHONJ.
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