ST LOUIS (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – The Bethenny Frankel Skinnygirl Class Action lawsuit will continue into at least 2014, LALATE can exclusively report. Bethenny Frankel’s talk show is set to debut its new season. But at the same time that Bethenny will be chatting during daytime about other people’s issues, her issues in an Illinois federal court are still ongoing. In fact, Bethenny Frankel is set to still be a personal defendant in the class action lawsuit until at least 2014, LALATE can exclusively report.
Bethenny Frankel is being sued personally along with her Skinnygirl Cocktails, LLC and others in the Northern District of Illinois by Amy Langendorf. Frankel has not spoken recently about the case. The judge ordered this July, however, that counsel for the plaintiff must agree to be “bound by the protective order in Stewart”.
Bethenny and her co-defendants’ opposition to classification of a class action won’t be due until next year, LALATE can exclusively report. The court ordered just days ago that Bethenny and her co-defendants’ “opposition brief will be filed on or before January 31, 2014, and Plaintiff shall file her reply, if any, on or before February 14, 2014.”
The attempt at class certification has remained in dispute through much of 2013, and will continue into next year. Recently the court noted that “In light of the voluminous discovery as to class certification issues, Plaintiff is granted leave to file a renewed motion for class certification, together with an agreed briefing schedule… Defendants shall not make any individual settlement offer to Plaintiff, or any opt-in plaintiffs, until the time Plaintiff files a renewed motion for class certification.” Bethenny is set to have experts on her talk show starting this fall. And her own defense experts in this lawsuit are being deposed later this month as well, the court has revealed.