Kim Kardashian and sisters Kourtney and Khloe have been named as defendants in a class action that claims the QuickTrim diet pills they promote are nothing more than hyper-doses of caffeine that is unsafe to take.
Scott A. Bursor, a partner in the law firm Bursor & Fisher, said last month he was exploring a class action on behalf of QuickTrim users because the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had concluded that caffeine “is not safe or effective for weight loss.”
He made good on his word this week, filing a $5 million lawsuit against the Kardashian sisters and the makers of the over-the-counter diet pills on behalf of four disgruntled users of the product. They plaintiffs say they bought the pills because of endorsements by the Kardashians.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan District Court in New York, claims that QuickTrim is “marketed by the defendants as a clinically proven formula that will increase metabolism, curb appetite and promote weight loss.”
“In reality, QuickTrim’s main ingredient is a large dose of caffeine, which the FDA has determined is not a safe or effective treatment for weight control,” the suit charges.
The Kardashians have been named as defendants because the products “generally feature . . . photos of one or more of the Kardashian sisters in a bikini or other revealing attire.”
Kim and Khloe have reguarly hyped the product as part of the diet regime, which has featured bikini-clad Kardashian sisters repeatedly on covers of tabloid magazines. The product has reportedly generated $45 million in revenue since they struck the deal with New Jersey-based Windmill Health Products in 2009, according to the firm.
Kim routinely touts the product to her 14 million Twitter followers.
Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, a physician and associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, warned last October that QuickTrim diet supplements, could be dangerous or even fatal.
“I don’t think anyone should take these products,” Fugh-Berman told US News.
The diet supplements contain powerful stimulants, laxatives, and diuretics that could cause abdominal pains, cramping and even kidney failure, she said.
A lawyer for the Kardashians has not responded to the court claims.