Television Listings

Oprah and Dr Oz sue over alleged false endorsements

 Oprah Winfrey is interviewed in Beverly Hills, California December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser - Reuters
Oprah Winfrey is interviewed in Beverly Hills, California December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
— image credit: Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and television expert Dr. Mehmet Oz, a frequent guest on Winfrey's show, sued more than 50 businesses on Wednesday, saying they had falsely claimed the pair endorsed various beauty products and dietary supplements.

Winfrey's companies Harpo Inc. and OW Licensing Co. and Oz and his company Zo Co. sued the little-known firms located throughout America in a federal lawsuit in New York seeking to stop the "unauthorized and unlawful use" of their names, pictures, voices and trademarks.

"These defendants are willfully capitalizing on plaintiffs' valuable reputation and intellectual property rights to lure consumers into ordering their infringing products on the false premise that they have been tested or recommended by Ms Winfrey and/or Dr Oz when they have not," the lawsuit said.

The suit the actions had "gravely injured" their reputations.

The lawsuit said many of the offers made by the companies enticed consumers into "credit card scams or other fraudulent schemes."

The products in the dispute include dietary supplements, cosmetics such as cellulite and anti-wrinkle creams and over-the-counter items such as tooth-whitening products.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Cynthia Osterman)

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Teacher strike cheques in the mail
 
B.C. doctors want clarity on prescribing medical marijuana
 
Coaching vet pens baseball tome
Shari Ulrich still going strong
 
Fullfilling a passion for singing in the chorus
 
Another opening, another show: Afterlife the Musical
Island fare at Coombs fair
 
Barnum and friends perform for Munchkinland
 
Dancers preparing for A Celtic Christmas

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.