The Snapchat team has filed for a restraining order against a man who has claimed that he originated the premise for the company, according to court documents. Frank Reginald Brown has been accused of leaking confidential information about Snapchat to the media, which the image-messaging service is using as the basis for their request.
According to the filing, the restraining order is necessary as "Snapchat will suffer great or irreparable injury if plaintiff [Brown] is permitted to disclose Snapchat's confidential information to the public." This comes after Business Insider published a number of "leaked videos" of court case-related depositions participated in by Brown and Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, where Spiegel is recorded saying that Brown came up with the idea for "deleting" picture messages.
Brown himself is sueing the founders for "stealing" the idea he came up with. He has claimed that he shared the idea with Spiegel and Murphy when they were all students at Stanford University, before he was "excluded from all participation, profit and interest" in the parternership.