Jillian Michaels is getting a workout on the legal front.
The outspoken personal trainer and star of NBC's The Biggest Loser has been slapped with her second class-action lawsuit this week for endorsing a weight-loss supplement that allegedly failed to do the job.
The complaint, filed Thursday by California native Stephanie Creer, basically rehashes allegations first raised a day earlier by one Christie Christensen—that Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control doesn't live up to the packaging's boast of "two capsules before main meals and you lose weight...That's it!"
According to Creer, Michaels' miracle pills did not deliver and that the labeling essentially constituted false advertising. (The label does contain a caution from the Food and Drug Administration noting the product has not been evaluated by the FDA, but apparently no one reads the fine print.)
Christensen is demanding unspecified damages totaling not more than $5 million. No word how much Creer is seeking.
Late yesterday, the fitness trainer released a statement standing by the diet supplement and indicating she was ready to fight for her rep in court.
"My reputation and credibility are of the utmost importance to me," said Michaels. "This baseless lawsuit is entirely without merit and is being handled by my legal team...I stand behind all my products and remain committed to helping people achieve their health and wellness goals."
ThinCare International, the Utah-based company behind the product, defended Michaels, noting that research on the supplement "was reviewed by some of the leading weight-loss experts in the world before Jillian would put her name on the product."
"The lawsuit will be handled in the courts like all other lawsuits, and we are confident we will prevail. In the meantime, thousands upon thousands of men and women around the United States are using Jillian's Maximum Strength Calorie Control. To anyone questioning the product’s effectiveness, we suggest you try it for yourself," added ThinCare.
We're not sure if the diets work, but one thing's certain—the lawyers' wallets are bound to fatten up as these cases drag on.
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