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You've all missed Real Housewives of New York's Heather Thomson, haven't you?  I'll be honest.  She grew on me during her first season on the Bravo reality series.  Girlfriend loves to talk business and wear a bedazzled tee to a cocktail function, that's for sure!  Holla!

Now Heather, as the creator of Yummie Tummie shapewear, is ready to face off against her mortal enemy–Jill Zarin's Skweez Spanx!  This has the potential to get ugly…while remaining smooth and free of cellulite bulges and panty lines, of course!

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NY Magazine reports that Heather is claiming that Spanx is ripping off her Yummie Tummie designs.  The longtime brand is apparently copying her camisoles, y'all!  Apparently an anonymous source sent Heather some Spanx shapewear and the control top cami looked very familiar.

Heather tells the site, "I immediately recognized it as my original Yummie Tummie tank. We contacted Spanx by letter [through legal counsel] on Jan. 18 to notify them that they were infringing on my patent ideas and we asked them to cease and desist.  Spanx then asked for a [one-month] extension to be able to do their own due diligence…They responded on Feb. 14 saying they didn't think there was any patent infringement and requested another extension."

After the initial round of legal letters, Heather believed that everything was settled and that Spanx would back down from selling the copycat pieces.  However, Spanx just filed suit in the Northern District Court of Georgia citing that its Top This Tank, Top This Cami, Total Taming Tank, and others "have not infringed and do not infringe any valid claim of the patents-in-suit."  Spanx plays good offense!  

Sara Blakely, the owner and president of the rival shapewear brand, released a statement, saying,  "Spanx was making shaping camisoles long before Yummie Tummie. We have no further comment."

Heather responded in the media to Sara's (non) comment, stating "[Yummie Tummie will not] scream uncle … I hope [Blakely]'s ready for war because I will not lie down."  I'm not sure whether she won't lie down or she CAN'T lie down due to all the body squeezing undergarments she's wearing…

TELL US-ARE YOU TEAM YUMMIE TUMMIE OR TEAM SPANX?

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