He continued: “We are certain that we will prevail at trial.” Rhode is our name and brand. It was created by us and it is protected under federal and state law. Hailey is asked to reach her goals by using the brand we’ve spent nine years creating.

The founders of the fashion business were originally unhappy. Purna Khatau Phoebe VickersThe model was accused of failing to care that “two other female entrepreneurs have used the RHODE brand for years”.

On their company’s Instagram page, they wrote on June 21 that they “admire Hailey,” who “has worked hard and earned the ability to create her own skin-care line.”

Their response was, “We didn’t want to sue, but we needed to to protect the business.”

—Reporting by Spencer Lubitz and Alli Rosenbloom