CBD Companies Sued by Clint Eastwood for False Claims of Endorsement
- Famous actor and director Clint Eastwood is suing three CBD companies for their false claims of his endorsement for their products.
- The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday and is seeking compensatory damages along with a judge’s order for the companies to stop using Eastwood’s reputation to promote their products.
- The false claims appeared in a variety of different emails and articles made to look like they were produced by a real news organization.
“You want to play the game, you’d better know the rules, love.”
This quote from American actor, film director, and producer Clint Eastwood from over 30 years ago now becomes relevant again as he sues three separate CBD companies who allegedly created emails and articles that claimed he was endorsing their products. According to the filed lawsuit, the companies also claimed that Eastwood has his own CBD product line.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday and states: “Mr. Eastwood does not have, and never has had, any association with the manufacture, promotion, and/or sale of any CBD products.”
“By this action,” the lawsuit continues, “Mr. Eastwood seeks to hold accountable the persons and entities that wrongfully crafted this scheme, spread false and malicious statements of facts about him, and illegally profited off of his name and likeness.”
The three CBD companies named in the lawsuit are Greendios and Sera Labs INC.; both based in L.A., along with For Our Vets LLC. from Maricopa County, Arizona.
The articles are said to contain references to Clint Eastwood’s supposed CBD product line that he talks about in a fake interview with made-up dialogue. According to Eastwood’s attorney, the fraudulent article is said to be modified slightly so that it appears on different websites. It is also formatted to look as if it comes from an actual news organization.
Eastwood is seeking “an award of actual and compensatory damages in the millions of dollars,” along with attorney fees and for a judge to order that the companies no longer use his name and reputation to advertise their CBD products.
Clint Eastwood’s lawsuit continues a tumultuous year for predatory CBD companies after many of them received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for leveraging fear from the coronavirus to sell their products. Luckily, the laws on false advertisements are very clear and these companies are able to be stopped.