Last week, it was reported that the lawsuit filed by Tomi Lahren against TheBlaze and Glen Beck has settled. While there is no disclosure as to any dollar figures, or whether there was even a payout at all, Lahren did walk away with something rather significant: her Facebook profile page which was allegedly being held hostage by TheBlaze.
Lahren had filed suit as a result of being removed from Beck's program. Although she was still being paid under her contract, the lawsuit claimed that she had been wrongfully terminated for expressing views contrary to Beck and TheBlaze's opinion. Specifically, Lahren expressed a pro-choice stance on abortion which was premised upon not being a hypocrite when it came to favoring less government regulation.
When TheBlaze Settles
While TheBlaze denied that the removal of Lahren from the air were due to her comments on abortion, the timing was rather suspect. However, now that the case is over, and the dust has settled, it seems that both parties are pleased with the settlement. Lahren stated to Fox News that she was "thrilled to walk away from this with [her] freedom and Facebook page." Meanwhile, TheBlaze stated that they were "pleased to announce" their relationship with Lahren had "concluded."
Lahren Now Free to Compete
In addition to getting her Facebook page back, which boasts over 4 million followers, Lahren has been freed from her contract with TheBlaze. This means that Lahren is able to accept employment on other programs or branch out on her own. After she was removed from the program, she was unable to accept new employment due to a non-compete clause in her contract.
Generally, media personality contracts will include non-compete clauses which prohibit those individuals from working for competing programs for a period of time after the end of the contract. Typically, if a non-compete clause is reasonable, it can be enforced, but courts tend to heavily scrutinize these as these are seen as an impediment on business.