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Thanks to a swelling court case over shapewear patents, control top puns have reached a level of possibility not seen since Spanx made a website. In short, Heather Thomson, the president of Times Three Clothier LLC, creator of the five-year-old shapewear brand Yummie Tummie, and bonafide Real Housewife of New York, has disputed the use of several control tops in Spanx's inventory based on supposed patenting infringement. Company founder Sara Blakely has disputed Thomson's dispute.
Though Blakely herself offered no comment in response to Thompson's cease and desist letter, according to WWD, the official company statement was: "Spanx was making shaping camisoles long before Yummie Tummie. We have no further comment. The papers filed in court provide our position at this time."
Thomson was willing to speak to press, however, and said that she won't "scream uncle," and "I hope she's ready for war because I will not lie down." Her tops might be controlled, but this reality TV vet's sass factor is not.
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