According to reports a lawsuit has been filed against ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ cast members Jacqueline Laurita her husband Chris Laurita, Albie Manzo, Chris Manzo, and as well as Louise Wilkie. The suit, filed by Canadian design and marketing company Creative Thinkers, Inc, alleges the Manzo’s, Wilkie’s and the Laurita’s entered into an agreement with Creative Thinkers to bottle BLACKWATER(TM).
Ivan Solomon, the owner of Creative Thinkers, Inc (CTI) and his business partner, Gordon Jung, filed the lawsuit in December accusing Langley entrepreneurs Jacqueline Laurita her husband Chris Laurita, Albie Manzo,Chris Manzo, and as well as Louise Wilkie for stealing the ‘Blackwater’ concept and marketing it as ‘BLK.’
Reportedly the court documents allege the Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families inappropriately used their reality TV fame to sell a false story about how the idea for the ‘Blackwater’ drink originated. Creative Thinkers insists that the family stole the idea after attending a food industry trade show. At the trade show, the Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families reportedly saw the BLACKWATER(TM) product and conspired to steal the product, marketing and re-distribute as ‘BLK.’
BLK or ‘Blackwater’ is specialty health water infused with a proprietary blend of fulvic and humic acid. The water contains fulvic and humic acids, nutritional supplements derived from 80-million-year-old organic matter, and anti-oxidants that provide numerous health benefits such as detoxification and vitamin absorption, according to Solomon’s ‘Blackwater’ Innovations website, which claims to be “the original.”
Reportedly JacquelineLauritatransferred ‘Blackwater’s’ Canadian patent and trademark registration to Solomon and Jung this summer, but did not transfer U.S. rights despite agreeing to do so.
The Manzo-Laurita-Wilkie families, applied to transfer ‘Blackwater’s’ U.S. patent to a new company named blk. Beverages. “Solomon and Jung first learned that a competing product had hit the market earlier this year,” stated one of their lawyers, Bobby Ghajar.
“[Solomon and Jung] came up with this unique design and marketing concept and product, along with the ‘Blackwater’ name and it was stolen from them,” Ghajar went onto state.
The reality TV show became a platform for blk., he also stated. “A number of characters on the show used the show to promote the product that did not belong to them,”… “There were some episodes about it, and they continue to use the TV show to get the word out about the product.”
While Solomon and Jung have continued to bottle and sell their product in Canada and the U.S., Ghajar said his clients are losing profits due to the rival brand which should have never reached store shelves. “It’s creating a lot of confusion in the market place,” he said, adding that the blk. team refer to their product as “Blackwater,” despite having a separate trademark.
The purpose of the lawsuit, Ghajar said, is to get ‘BLK’ and the company’s associates to stop selling the product, as well as recoup losses for Solomon and Jung. “It’s too early to tell the scope of damages,” their lawyer stated. “I couldn’t put a dollar figure on it.” Solomon and Jung rightfully “own the product, the product idea, and the product name,” Ghajar said.
In other news about ‘BLK’ water Jacqueline Laurita Tweeted over the weekend, “I feel a sickness coming on. Better double up on BLK. Wipes it out. Thank God for BLK success!! Impressed with how fast it’s growing. Proud! XOXO.”
According to Wikipedia, “Humic and fulvic acids (fulvic acids are humic acids of lower molecular weight and higher oxygen content than other humic acids)are commonly used as a soil supplement in agriculture, and less commonly as a human nutritional supplement. As a nutrition supplement, free form (unreacted) fulvic acid is found in a liquid form along with mineral colloids. Fulvic acids are poly-electrolytes and are unique colloids that diffuse easily through membranes whereas all other colloids do not. Fulvic acid supplements consisting of a neutral pH are very weak fulvic compounds and do not deliver the benefits of free form fulvic acid (fulvic acid that remains unreacted with other substances or unbound to minerals) that exhibits a much higher concentration and lower pH. Fulvic acid branded as “ionic” is not free form fulvic acid, more accurately they are fulvic compounds or fulvate salts. According to the International Humic Substances Society all fulvic acids are colloids.”
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