August 20th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz are taking aim at internet diet claims using their names. They have filed a trademark infringement complaint against 40 internet marketers claiming they are using their names and likenesses to sell products. Showbiz Tonight has just received the following statements:
"Harpo, Inc. has filed this lawsuit to let consumers know that these internet marketers are willfully using the names of well-known figures to deceive the public. Neither Ms. Winfrey nor Dr. Oz has ever sponsored or endorsed any acai, resveratrol or dietary supplement product and cannot vouch for their safety or effectiveness. It is our intention to put an end to these companies’ false claims and increasingly deceptive practices." -Marc Rachman, attorney on behalf of Harpo, Inc.
"The companies that are using my name to hawk these products are duping the public. I do not endorse any of these products. By falsely presenting products as ‘scientifically proven’ and endorsed by well-known figures, these companies do a gross disservice to the public health and could even pose a danger to those who believe their false and unproven claims. I am taking this step in the interest of public safety. I feel compelled to stand up against these companies and their deceitful practices." -Dr. Mehmet Oz
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