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Real Housewives of New Jersey accused of stealing concept for “Blackwater”

Lawsuit claims the reality stars are using their fame to market another company’s idea

The Real Housewives of New Jersey took a break from catfights and scheming to dabble in entrepreneurship, only to get slapped with a lawsuit that shockingly claimed they didn’t come up with the idea themselves. Canadian design and marketing company Creative Thinkers Inc. accused some of the reality show’s cast members of stealing the concept for their health drink “BLK water,” which they have been marketing on the show, MarketWatch reports.

The suit claims that Jacqueline and Louise Wilkie entered into an agreement with Creative Thinkers to bottle their health water product, BLACKWATER, made with fulvic and humic acid. The Wilkies received confidential information about BLACKWATER in November 2009, and despite a cease and desist letter they received from Blackwater Innovations Corp. this past July, they continued to use the idea and market the product as BLK water, in conjunction with Chris Manzo, Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita, also stars of the “Real Housewives” show.

Court documents say that the Manzo-Laurita family inappropriately used their fame to create a false backstory for how they came up with the idea, and Creative Thinkers is claiming that they actually stole the idea after visiting a food industry trade show. However this suit turns out, though, we certainly hope some hair-pulling is involved.

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