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Lawsuit Calls Jillian Michaels's QuickStart Supplements "Worthless"

Lawsuit Calls Jillian Michaels's Supplements "Worthless"

I'll admit I was shocked when The Biggest Loser trainer and Fit favorite Jillian Michaels start endorsing a line of supplements. Many of you thought it could potentially damage her reputation, and it looks you might have been right.

Michaels and her supplements are now the target of a class action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, claiming that the Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control dietary supplement is "worthless." "Telling people you take two magic pills and then eat chocolate cake all day is a deception," says Melissa Harnett, the lawyer on the case. According to TMZ, the court documents go on to say:

"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."

What do you think of the allegations? Does this change your opinion about Michaels and her decision to endorse the products?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
While I'm slightly disappointed that Jillian decided to put her face on another worthless herbal blend of useless product, it's not her fault that the American public is full of idiots that want to try and get money for nothing. She never claimed the pills are some sort of magic cure; she said they were supposed to be used in conjunction with diet and exercise to help you lose weight a bit faster. This woman that's suing her just knows that Jillian has $$$ and she wants a piece of it. I'm sure the Kardashians are going to be next.
EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
The thing on the chocolate cake: that is not in the suit itself, it's what the lawyer is saying in statements to the press to start getting some attention (my opinion, obv). The suit itself says that the product claims the person taking the supplements then has to make no further effort. Anonymous15: the $5million is probably for the whole class. Anyone who has bought and used this supplement - and used as directed - without seeing the results promised (not just more weight loss, but fat loss) would be able to join the class. The money awarded, which would include actual damages (the cost of the supplements, I have no idea how much they are) plus punitive, which are "punishment" damages, to send a message to this particular company and other companies that you cannot make promises that cannot be kept. If enough people join the class, the judge/jury may seem some merit in it. If it's 10 people? No. If it's 1000? Maybe. The problem with JM saying on her website that by taking this pill along with the sensible eating and exercise is that - in most cases - the sensible eating and exercise alone would cause weight loss. Plus, she herself has said there's no magic pill, so that could work against her, as in - if you say there's no magic pill to cause weight loss, then why now are you saying "here, take this". And personally, I do think it's irresponsible for these products to be on the market. If there is a true problem losing weight that exercise and healthy eating won't solve, a person needs to go to the doctor and address any underlying health issues, such as hypothyroidism.
wren1 wren1 7 years
I just wish the stupid ass Kardashians would get sued for theirs.
jkat jkat 7 years
Anyone can file a suit for anything. It doesn't mean it will withstand a motion to dismiss. Her product clearly doesn't say you can eat cake all day and lose weight. Whether or not someone wants to take it is up to them, but these claims seem rather out there.
yougotmefriend yougotmefriend 7 years
I think its more of a crime shes been photoshopped so much on the box!!! she is so beautiful!
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
@Mark Vaughn - she hid her relationship with Basic Research? What is that? Also, I don't see on the box that you can eat chocolate cake all day and lose weight. And anyone who knows JM and her methods knows that's a ridiculous assumption.
Mark-Vaughan Mark-Vaughan 7 years
I think the fact that she has hid her relationship with Basic Research and the legal problems that they have had tells me that she knew how wrong she was all along. The lawsuit does not connect Basic Research to Jillian Michaels specifically but says that it has reason to believe that she is connected. The suit is even going after Dr. Nathalie Chevreau. And people, there is no they going after Jillian Michaels or singling her out, this is one individual starting a class action suit. A citizen who is sick and tired of being lied to while the government does nothing.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
All of these awful diet pills get their moments in court. They aren't just targeting Jillian. I am sure that this is highly publicized because she is the face of this particular diet pill, but tons of them have been taken to court for causing health problems or just plain not working. Doesn't anyone remember the ephedra scandal or is it just me? I am glad another one of these shady diet pills will get taken off the shelves now, or at least get the reputation it deserves.
courtney3 courtney3 7 years
I just don't understand her motives, because I do her 30-day shred video, and trust me, it's a workout! I'm training for a marathon and have run up to twenty miles, and her video (even level 1) is STILL tough! I even feel it working and affecting my body, making me stronger in muscles that I don't normally use. Jillian, you don't need to endorse supplements, your program is great by itself!
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I don't see how her products are different from any other, nor does the packaging make any of the alleged claims.
mod16 mod16 7 years
america is so stupid for thinking that you can take 2 pills a day and eat whatever you want to lose weight.
isab3l isab3l 7 years
What's in the supplements? I assume the "calorie control" is some type of appetite suppressant and the "fat burner" is a thermogenic of some sort. Not like these things aren't all over the market already, and they're perfectly legitimate if used with a diet/exercise program to help promote weight loss. I've heard Jillian address these supplements reasonably... as in, she said they should be used with a proper exercise and diet regimen. I don't think she would ever tell people to take these pills and "eat chocolate cake all day". Of course they're worthless if you do that.
wren1 wren1 7 years
I wonder why they are just targeting her, and not also the other worthless products out there. Hopefully this is a first step in the right direction.
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