SAN FRANCISCO Dec 9 Snapchat, a service that
allows users to exchange fleeting photo messages, has filed for
a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown, who
claims he came up with the idea for the company.
Snapchat last month rejected an acquisition offer from
Facebook Inc that would have valued the company at $3
billion or more, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Snapchat said Brown disclosed confidential information about
the company to the media, according to court documents filed in
California on Friday.
Snapchat, started in 2011 by Stanford University students,
is popular with teenagers and twenty-somethings. Users of the
service can set a time limit of up to 10 seconds for how long
photo messages may be viewed before they disappear.
The company said Brown had leaked deposition testimony that
"Snapchat had designated as confidential under the Protective
Order entered in this case," according to the documents.
Snapchat said it has provided confidential
financial and investment information related to Snapchat's
business in the case, and Brown has said he reserves the right
to disclose the information to the public at any time.
Brown's lawyer plans to file a response on Monday, according
to his law firm, Lee Tran Liang & Wang.
Brown is suing Snapchat for breach of partnership agreement,
saying the company and its founders are denying his contribution
in founding the company.
The case in the U.S. District Court Central District of
California is Frank Reginald Brown vs. Snapchat Inc et al.,