(CN) – Lindsay Lohan “publicly proclaimed” that she invented a sunless secret” tanning spray, but she actually swiped the formula from White Wave International, the skin-care company claims in Tampa Federal Court.
White Wave owner Jennifer Sunday says she sent samples of her spray to Lohan’s business partner, Lorit Simon, when the defendants were researching sunless tanning formulas.
After executing a confidentiality agreement, White Wave says, Simon discussed buying a shipment of Sunday’s spray, but the deal fell through when they couldn’t agree on the price.
Later, Simon and Lohan announced the release of Sevin Nyne, a self-tanning mist with identical ingredients to Sunday’s formula, according to the complaint.
Simon and Lohan allegedly issued press releases claiming that they created the product together.
White Wave also sued Simon’s company, Lorit LLC, Crossheart Productions, and Shawn Lampman, alleging theft of trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade and interference with contract.
White Wave’s lead counsel is Craig Berman of St. Petersburg.