'The Biggest Loser' trainer Jillian Michaels sued over diet product
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/11/2010
Jillian Michaels has been accused of using her celebrity status to endorse a weight-loss product that doesn't work.
The Biggest Loser trainer was sued on Tuesday in Los Angeles by Christie Christensen, who claims she bought a product called "Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control" last month but it failed to work, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Christensen claims in her lawsuit that she has "struggled with weight loss her entire life" and bought the product due to Michaels' endorsement, according to The AP.
However the product -- which features a photo and endorsement of Michaels on the packaging -- failed to curb her appetite or cause her to lose weight.
While both the product and a website note that it hasn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the packaging does claim "Two Capsules Before Main Meals and You Lose Weight... That's It!".
"Ms. Michaels knows better... taking two pills before eating does not miraculously cause weight loss," the lawsuit states, according to The AP.
In addition to Michaels, Christensen is also suing Utah-based Basic Research and ThinCare International, which manufacture and market several Michaels-endorsed diet and weight loss products, according to The AP.
In a statement obtained by The AP, ThinCare said it offers a money-back guarantee for purchasers and is confident it can win the lawsuit.
"Not only have placebo-controlled, double-blind, published clinical studies been conducted on the active calorie-control compound in Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control, but that research was reviewed by some of the leading weight-loss experts in the world before Jillian would put her name on the product," the statement read.
Christensen is seeking class-action status for her case and is seeking unspecified damages that are not expected to total more than $5 million, The AP reported.