UPDATE: Lindsay's lawyer, er, Twitter says: "No formula was stolen for Sevin Nyne. It's a woman looking for a payday. That's it!"
The president of United 1 Labs, which manufactures Sevin Nyne, also issued this statement:
"I am sorry to hear about the claims being made against Lorit, LLC regarding the Sevin Nyne product," said exec George Mitchell. "I have been involved in creating self-tanning products for over 12 years. When requested to help develop the formula for Sevin Nyne with Lorit, LLC I did so using my expertise and was not provided with any formulas or trade secrets by Lorit, LLC or anyone involved in or related to the Sevin Nyne product.
"As everyone in the self tanning industry is aware, the combination of dihydroxyacetone and erythrulose are commonly used in all self tanning products. There is nothing proprietary about the combination of those two items. Further, there is nothing proprietary with regard to the fragrance used."
He trusts the "truth will prevail."
Apparently with all that free time on her hands of late, Lindsay Lohan has secretly become an ace chemist.
Well, if you believe what you read in the court papers, a Florida lab whiz did. She's suing Ms. Mean Girl (and her business partner) for allegedly swiping his secret formula of 11 herbs and spices for her Sevin Nyne line of spray-tanning products.
Jennifer Sunday is making a federal case of it, filing a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Tampa accusing Lohan and Las Vegas-based entrepreneur Lorit Simon of breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, civil conspiracy, intentional interference with contractual relations and deceptive and unfair trade practices. And she wants some serious payback.
Sunday says she had a deal with Simon's company for a tan line but balked at Simon and Lohan's request to buy the formula. Sunday says she was shocked—shocked!—to discover that her "sunless secret" ingredients were purloined for the $35 Lohan-branded Sevin Nyne (named after the actress's lucky numbers), which just hit store shelves.
"It was initially envisioned [Sunday] would manufacture the product and ship out the spray to Ms. Simon's company," plaintiff attorney Marcia Cohen tells E! News. "Now we see Ms. Lohan taking credit for having created Ms. Sunday's formula and product."
Talk about a cruddy birthday present. Lohan turned 23 five days ago. There was no immediate comment on the suit from her camp.