Jillian Michaels, the tough trainer who is one of the stars pushing the contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” was sued by a woman for alleged false advertising, the Associated Press reports.
The California woman, Christie Christensen, said in her lawsuit that she bought a diet supplement called “Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control" and it didn’t work as advertised to cut her appetite or cause her to drop pounds.
In the suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, Christensen is seeking class-action status for the case. She’s also suing manufacturers Basic Research and ThinCare International, which make and market several Michaels-endorsed diet products.
ThinCare, which offers a money-back guarantee on the product, said in a statement that "Not only have placebo-controlled, double-blind, published clinical studies been conducted on the active calorie-control compound in Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control, but that research was reviewed by some of the leading weight-loss experts in the world before Jillian would put her name on the product.” Michaels’ publicist didn’t comment.