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Blk water must not be doing as bad as some people say!  Albie Manzo shares that blk is launching a line of flavored waters this summer. 

Albie took to Instagram, writing, "And here….we….GO!!! @blkbeverages #getexcited July 2013 August 2013."  Sharing the above photo, which depicts four new flavors of water – black lemonade, mango coconut, tropical punch and blueberry acai. 

The Manzo boys have said that they joined in on the Little Town New Jersey restaurant to make some cash since they weren't pulling any paychecks from the BLK venture just yet.  But I'm guessing that BLK is doing better than we think, otherwise they wouldn't be investing more money to launch this new flavored line.  Right?

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It's always fun to hear stories about fan encounters with celebrities – especially reality TV stars because they are so much more unfiltered than your typical celebs.  Sometimes it pains me to find out a favorite star is a complete diva or jerk (I won't mention any names), but it gives us a twinge of hope when a celeb is cool. One of our readers (user name Desiday) shared her recent Real Housewives of New Jersey encounter with us and gave us permission to post it – along with her great photos! Desiday met up with Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita at a blk. water tasting and meet 'n greet this past weekend in L.A.  Desiday lucked out and before any crowds arrived, she was able to hang out with the RHONJ crew and get some juicy deets! 

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Well Thanksgiving came, we ate everything we could, and now it's time to burn off the calories with a little shopping. How many calories does typing burn? 

Below is our list of the best reality TV products you should be purchasing right now. I mean you hate someone on your Christmas list enough to gift them a Kim Zolciak Wig, right? 

If only the mythical She by Sheree actually existed, I would absolutely be buying that if they gave it away for free

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Ok blk…. we’ve been hearing about your fulvic acid and alkaline goodness for two seasons on Real Housewives of New Jersey. I always thought alkaline was the thing that made batteries go, and to my knowledge batteries are toxic. Well, I decided to take one for the team and test out this blk. Below is my review haiku.

So in 5-7-5 pentameter without further ado, I present: blk., A Review Haiku:

Murky, like seaweed

Slightly gritty, slightly thick

Clinging to my tongue.

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Ai ya ya. A Canadian firm has now filed a lawsuit against several Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members, accusing them of stealing the concept used for their bottled-water product, BLACKWATER, in addition to misappropriation of the trademark and breach of contract.

The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, names BLK Brands LLC. (“BLK”) and it owners — Albie Manzo, Chris Manzo, and Chris Laurita as well as Jacqueline Lauria and Louise Wilkie, as defendants.

The suit, filed by Canadian design and marketing company Creative Thinkers, Inc, alleges the Wilkies entered into an agreement with Creative Thinkers to bottle BLACKWATER(TM), a specialty health water infused with a proprietary blend of fulvic and humic acid. However, instead of working with Ivan Solomon (the owner of Creative Thinkers), his partner Gordon Jung, and their corporation, Blackwater Innovations Corp., the Wilkies allegedly stole the idea and trademark and marketed the product with the Manzo-Laurita family.

“One of the core premises of trademark law is the right and ability to protect one’s name against imitations and customer confusion,” said Bobby A. Ghajar, one of the attorneys representing Creative Thinkers. “This case goes to the heart of trademark law.”

In July 2011, Blackwater Innovations Corp. sent a cease and desist letter to BLK after the Wilkies claimed they developed the idea for the product after they witnessed the water heal their sick mother. However, the suit alleges the defendants received confidential information about the Blackwater specialty product in a November 2009 agreement, and agreed to keep information about the health water confidential.

The court documents allege the Manzo-Laurita family 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 family allegedly saw the BLACKWATER(TM) product and conspired with the Wilkies to steal the product, marketing and distribution plan.

“We are confident that the evidence will prove that the Manzo-Laurita family and the Wilkies stole the BLACKWATER(TM) specialty concept,” said Mark D. Litvack, one of the attorneys on the case. “The Manzo-Laurita family has wrongfully used its fame to steal another’s idea, and this suit seeks to restore ownership of BLACKWATER(TM) to its true originator.”

Creative Thinkers, Inc. is now seeking to “have its stolen property returned, to recover the monies and good will wrongfully taken from it, and to prevent the defendants from wrongfully profiting from their theft, deception and infringement.”

Blackwater Innovations Corp., Solomon, and Jung have also filed a countersuit responding to claims by BLK that they had infringed the company’s trademark rights. BLK had originally filed their lawsuit as a response to the July 2011 cease and desist letter they received.

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Finally, a positive Real Housewives of New Jersey story to report on!

In today’s photo post, RHONJ stars Caroline Manzo and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita visited South Beach, Miami during the Nov. 18 weekend with their families in tow!

The Manzo-Laurita clan were there to help promote Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita’s company BLK Water (water enhanced with trace minerals and elements, powerful electrolytes and antioxidants). Also on the trip were Albert Manzo, Christopher Manzo and Lauren Manzo. Photos of the families are below!

Meanwhile, Melissa Gorga, pictured above with hubby Joe Gorga, attended the Zenvo ST-1 50S launch at the Liberty House Restaurant last week in New Jersey! Melissa helped launch the Zenvo ST-50S automobile. Produced in Denmark, the car is worth a cool $1.8 million!

Below are more photos of Melissa and Joe with the car! And finally, Dina Manzo got a new tattoo and a picture of that is below as well!

[Photo credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com]

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