Art of the Steal: LivingSocial at Odds with Boozy Painters, Again
Will there ever be peace within the city's growing and surprisingly fractious getting-drunk-while-painting scene? Months after social-painting operation ArtJamz slammed LivingSocial for using "Wal-Mart principles" to launch its own wine-and-art classes, a lawsuit working its way through D.C. Superior Court accuses the deals giant of using a coupon agreement to steal another painting company's business.
The aggrieved party here is Seed Works Inc., which offers wine-and-painting classes in the District as Uncork'd Art. In a May filing, Seed Works claims that, after it signed up to offer a coupon through LivingSocial, LivingSocial used access to their records to design a tipsy painting course of its own, offered in its new events on F Street NW—the same venture that had ArtJamz so irritated.
"Living Social uses these agreements with merchant consumers as a ploy to obtain confidential business information from successful merchants and then to compete against them," reads the lawsuit. In June, LivingSocial filed a motion to dismiss that calls Seed Works' accusations "a hodge-podge of allegations and theories."
Seed Works did not respond to a request for comment. LivingSocial was equally uninterested in chatting, except for this, via spokesman Brendan Lewis. "LivingSocial does not comment on pending litigation, no matter how meritless they may be."
Painting image via Shutterstock.