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Jillian Michaels, 'Biggest Loser' Star Sued Over Diet Supplement

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Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels is being sued for reported false advertising, according to The Associated Press. The suit was filed by Christie Christensen of California, claiming she was duped into buying a diet supplement endorsed by Michaels, star of NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser.”

According to the story “Christensen's lawsuit claims she bought a product called "Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control" last month and that it has failed to lessen her appetite or cause her to lose weight as advertised.”

The lawsuit also states that “Ms. Michaels knows better – taking two pills before eating does not miraculously cause weight loss.”

The product's Web site, however, claims that the statements and claims of the product had not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

To read more of the USA Today story on the Jillian Michaels lawsuit, click here.

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Would you believe three times?

TMZ reports that Jillian Michaels is being sued for the third time in two weeks.

The Biggest Loser star, who is the spokeswoman for a line of fat-burning pills, is being accused of not disclosing the side effects of main ingredient citrus aurantium which can allegedly cause high blood pressure and cardiac problems in some people, according to TMZ.

Kathy Hensley, who filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, is suing for less than $5,000,000.

According to the TMZ Web site, Jillian’s representatives said the product was being vetted by experts.

For more on the Jillian Michaels lawsuit, click here.

February 17, 2010 - 12:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

Thank you for your comment! Although, there may be some real weight loss secrets out there that are unknown, the real success stories come from people who exercise and eat right. Unfortunately, sitting down and taking a pill will not justify weight loss.

February 13, 2010 - 9:36am
EmpowHER Guest

A couple of years ago I watched Penn & Telleer when they "executed" the whole weight loss industry, pills, diets everything. But people make billions in the weight loss industry and not very many read the fine prints.
Hope Jillians pay checks from the pill producer cover her costs and that she realise she shouldn't touch garbage like that.

February 13, 2010 - 9:15am

And another update -- this time from celebrity news site TMZ. Apparently, another woman is suing Michaels. Stephanie Creer, who says she's struggled her whole life with weight-loss issues says she was intrigued when Michaels endorsed the supplements. According to TMZ, this suit mimics language from a similar suit filed earlier this week. For more on the Jillian Michaels story, visit this link.

February 12, 2010 - 12:24pm

I don't know, there was that McDonalds suit over hot coffee, though that was a corporation. Still Michaels better have a good lawyer.

There’s an interesting post over at the Health Journal Club that makes the case that people should just not eat anything that wasn’t a food 100 years ago. Gets rid of the aspartame, bleached GM flour, high fructose corn syrup garbage they try to pass off as food these days. If interested you can read on it here,


February 11, 2010 - 10:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

I think if you want to lose weight and decrease your appetite, get your butt moving and figure out how the eat healthy that works for you!

February 11, 2010 - 7:43pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

An update from the Associated Press -

LOS ANGELES -- Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels says a false advertising lawsuit filed against her over a diet supplement is baseless and she still supports the product.

Michaels says in a statement given to The Associated Press that her reputation and credibility are "of the utmost importance to me" and that her legal team will handle the case.

Michaels is a star of NBC's hit show "The Biggest Loser" and is marketed on "Calorie Control" as "America's Toughest Trainer."

Michaels also says, "I stand behind all my products and remain committed to helping people achieve their health and wellness goals."

February 11, 2010 - 6:55pm

This kind of trash will never stop. The money to be made in these bogus diets pills is enormous. And the rules and regulations allow the marketing companies to get away with major BS - and when they seduce a TV personality into a big dollar endorsement - anything goes. It comes down to the consumer having to look out for themselves, ultimately. ---

Joey Atlas

February 11, 2010 - 12:31pm
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