Snapchat has filed a restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown (Reggie Brown). Brown claims that he came up with the idea for Snapchat while working with Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. Spiegel, Murphy, and Brown were in the same fraternity (Kappa Sigma) while at Stanford University.
Last month, Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal. Snapchat filed the restraining order because Brown allegedly disclosed confidential information about the company to the media.
Snapchat users send each other photos and videos (known as snaps) that self-destruct in about 10 seconds or less of being viewed.
Snapchat said that Brown leaked deposition testimony that “Snapchat had designated as confidential under the Protective Order entered in this case,” according to the documents.
Snapchat provided confidential financial and investment information related to their business in the case, but Brown said that he reserved the right to disclose the information to the public.
Brown is suing Snapchat for breach of partnership agreement and is claiming that the company’s founders are denying his contribution for being a co-founder in the company.
Brown is represented by the law firm Lee Tran Liang & Wang. The case was filed under the U.S. District Court Central District of California is Frank Reginald Brown vs. Snapchat Inc et al., 2:13-cv-08569.