VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay is the middle of a legal battle with a former employee, who has allegedly been making disparaging comments about the company since her ouster earlier this summer. An online platform with a brick-and-mortar presence in Soho, New York, VFILES was launched in September 2012 by Julie Anne Quay, the former executive editor of V magazine, and is known as one of the most influential online communities for the fashion, style, and pop culture voices of Generation Z.
As of this week, Quay filed suit against the company’s former Chief Revenue Officer Lauren Rieckhoff in New York state court, alleging that Rieckhoff, who was with VFILES from May 2016 to July 2016 following a fourteen-year tenure at Creative Artists Agency, has breached her confidentiality agreement with the company.
According to the New York Post, “Quay — whose 4-year-old company has a boutique on Mercer Street — filed suit Monday against Lauren Rieckhoff, who was a CAA agent before joining the edgy fashion company for what turned out to be a disastrous two-month stint […] Rieckhoff — who allegedly didn’t get along with the firm’s young, Internet-savvy staff — countersued Wednesday,” alleging that “Quay has been funding the company largely from her husband Matthew Edmonds’ personal hedge fund fortune, and making capricious and reckless decisions.” Moreover, Rieckhoff claims she is owed upwards of $800,000 by the company, including a severance package.
Quay, on the other hand, claims that Rieckhoff violated her confidentiality agreement by contacting Quay’s investors and making “disparaging remarks,” and says Rieckhoff is not entitled to severance, or a signing bonus.