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Trying to exercise a class-action

Tue., Feb. 16, 2010

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels is firing back at a false advertising lawsuit filed against her over a diet supplement, saying she supports the product.

“My reputation and credibility are of the utmost importance to me,” Michaels said. “This baseless lawsuit is entirely without merit.”

A California woman, Christie Christensen, sued Michaels last week and is seeking class-action status.

Michaels is a hard-charging, no-nonsense trainer best-known as one of the stars of NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser.”

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.

A second suit was filed with almost identical language.

Michaels’ picture and endorsement appear on the packaging, touting her as “America’s Toughest Trainer.”

The product and a Web site ad include the claim, “Two Capsules Before Main Meals and You Lose Weight … That’s It!”

Michaels, who endorses several products made and marketed by Utah-based ThinCare International, also named in the lawsuit, said:

“I stand behind all my products and remain committed to helping people achieve their health and wellness goals.”

ThinCare said in a statement that Michaels’ “Calorie Control” product underwent rigorous testing and carries a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Said Christensen’s attorney: “We believe the weight of the evidence, no pun intended, will clearly establish that Ms. Michaels and the other defendants violated consumer protection laws.”

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