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Oprah Winfrey Sued

WOMAN CLAIMS O JACKED

"OWN YOUR POWER"

7/30/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Oprah Winfrey stole her famous phrase "Own Your Power" ... from a New Jersey business woman -- that's according to a lawsuit filed against O and Harpo Productions.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in a New Jersey federal court, Simone Kelly-Brown (CEO of something called Own Your Power Communications, Inc.) claims her company has been around since 1996 ... providing "a personal brand of self-awareness and motivational communication services."

According to the trademark infringement suit ... Kelly-Brown claims all the trouble started with the October 2010 issue of Oprah's magazine, which included the headline "Own Your Power."

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The suit claims the infringement continued when the magazine directed readers to a section of O's website called Own Your Power (see it here).

Kelly-Brown alleges a self-help collision nearly occurred when she and Oprah both hosted Own Your Power events in the same city ... just days apart.

Kelly-Brown is suing for unspecified damages.

A rep for Harpo issued a statement to EW, saying, "Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made."


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