Lee Tillett, Greek-American founder (since 2004) of the KROMA® cosmetics line, has filed a $10 million counter-suit in a Los Angeles federal court against the Kardashian sisters, alleging that the Kardashian’s cosmetics line, KHROMA, infringes By Lee Tillett’s KROMA® cosmetics line. The Kardashian's KHROMA line launched with a world-wide media blitz in late 2012 and is endorsed and promoted by the celebrity Kardashian sisters.
As a result of the lawsuit the Kardashian’s debut cosmetics line has been pulled from stores following a court order.
The maker of KROMA® alleges that the Kardashians and Boldface knew about the KROMA® mark prior to selecting and using a virtually identical mark for their own cosmetics line. The complaint further alleges that Kim Kardashian’s representatives discussed a product placement opportunity with the makers of KROMA® for The SPINdustry, a television special produced by Kim Kardashian but that the parties never reached an agreement.
The Greek-American founder of KROMA® line (since 2004), Lee Tillett, stated, “I developed the KROMA® line myself, built my business through my own hard work, and took the legal steps necessary to protect it. And yet I have now been forced into legal battle with the Kardashians simply because they have decided to take something that doesn’t belong to them. But the law is the law for everybody, and I am confident that my rights will be vindicated by the courts.”