'Real Housewives' lawsuit: Kandi Burruss takes Kim Zolciak to court over 'Tardy for the Party' song

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kandi-burruss-kim-zolciak-lawsuit-real-housewives-of-atlanta-bravo.jpg"Real Housewives of Atlanta" fans knew this moment had to come some day: Kandi Burruss is suing ex-cast member Kim Zolciak for royalties Burruss claims she's owed from the 2009 single "Tardy for the Party."

And as if that's not enough drama there's a third "Real Housewives" star involved in the legal skirmish: Burruss has hired Phaedra Parks as her attorney.

The saga of "Tardy for the Party" has been chronicled in full on the Bravo reality soap. Original cast member Zolciak always wanted to be a singer and when Burruss (a member of the R&B group Xscape and songwriter of hits including TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills") joined the show in Season 2, they formed a friendship that eventually led to a professional collaboration.

But Burruss has long maintained that Zolciak failed to properly compensate her for writing "Tardy for the Party." Their relationship soured to the point that Burruss prevented Zolciak from ever releasing the follow-up collaboration "Ring Didn't Mean a Thing."

During the show's Season 4 reunion, Burruss addressed the "Tardy" controversy with host Andy Cohen: "That was a learning experience, but I feel like good things have come out of me working with [Kim]." Apparently Burruss is now singing a different song.

Court documents show the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, March 12. That's one day before this season's reunion show was taped -- a reunion that Burruss, Parks and Zolciak all attended. Is the timing just a coincidence or entirely intentional?

However the lawsuit turns out, Burruss and Zolciak will soon be schedule-mates on Bravo. Zolciak's "Housewives" spinoff series "Don't Be Tardy" returns for Season 2 beginning April 16 at 9 p.m., while Burruss' competition series "The Kandi Factory" premieres April 9 at 10 p.m.
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