Fitness celebrity Jillian Michaels has been sued for a second time within two days over a weight loss product she endorses.
Michaels of ‘Biggest Loser’ fame, who is known for getting tough on the show contestants, is being sued for false advertising as one frustrated dieter claims her diet supplement is "worthless."
Sued over bogus claims
One irate customer, Christie Christensen of Lake Elsinore, California, alleges in her lawsuit that the ‘Biggest Loser’ coach’s dietary supplement “Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control” is “worthless” and “contrary to everything that Ms. Michaels has ever instructed”.
In a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Christie claims she was duped into buying her weight loss supplement last month and that the pills have failed to lessen her appetite or cause her to lose weight as the product promised, according to The Associated Press.
Melissa Harnett, a lawyer who filed the suit, tells TMZ, "Telling people you take two magic pills and then eat chocolate cake all day is a deception."
Christie is also suing Utah-based Basic Research, which manufactures and markets several diet and weight loss products endorsed by the celebrity trainer.
“Sadly, Michaels has decided to exploit her fame and goodwill by collaborating with Thin Care and Basic Research to promote a weight loss supplement that purportedly will cause weight loss by itself, without any additional effort on the part of the consumer,” the lawsuit claims.
The suit seeks an injunction to prohibit the sale of the product, plus $5 million in damages.
Second identical suit
Following footsteps of Christie, another woman filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the 35-year-old Michaels over "Calorie Control" on Thursday.
Stephanie Creer, a second customer, claims in her class action lawsuit she has struggled with weight loss her entire life and was duped by Michael into purchasing the product because she was endorsing it.
Both women’s lawsuits may have been triggered by the somewhat bogus claim on the product’s package: "Two capsules before main meals and you lose weight… That’s it!"
The lawsuit states: "Ms. Michaels knows better - taking two pills before eating does not miraculously cause weight loss."
Michael’s Calorie Control supplement contains several ingredients with high caffeine content: guarana, coffee (bean) extract, kola nut (seed) extract as well as numerous herbs.
Michaels fires back
Meanwhile, the American fitness expert and celebrity trainer Michaels has called the false advertising lawsuit filed against her over her diet supplement ‘baseless.’ Michaels said she still supports the product.
"My reputation and credibility are of the utmost importance to me," Michaels said in a statement Thursday to The Associated Press. "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," Michaels’ statement said.