RealSelf.com calls suit misuse of trademark protection law, pledges to fight for consumers' rights to access real experiences of others with
plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments
"Lifestyle Lift's complaint is without merit. None of their allegations are true," said RealSelf.com President and Founder Thomas Seery. "We think what they're trying to do is silence their critics within our community, and they don't have that right. They've also breached our usage terms and posed as patients posting on our site, which is completely misleading to our community. That threatens our community's trust in us. We can't stand for that. We have no choice but to fight this."
RealSelf.com (http://www.realself.com) is an online resource that makes it easy to discover which anti-aging products and treatments are worth it and which are not. Lifestyle Lift's complaint claimed that RealSelf.com infringes Lifestyle Lift's trademarks by using the words "lifestyle lift" to identify online reviews of its cosmetic surgery procedure. Patients of the Lifestyle Lift facial cosmetic surgery procedure have shared their experiences, both positive and negative, on RealSelf.com (http://www.realself.com/plastic_surgery/face-lift/lifestyle_lift.html).
"Lifestyle Lift has established a pattern of using the courts to silence critics," said J. Michael Huget, shareholder with the Michigan law firm of Butzel Long and RealSelf.com's counsel.
RealSelf.com (http://www.realself.com) is a health and beauty community that makes it easy to discover which anti-aging products, treatments and procedures are worth it and which are not. RealSelf.com is the first website where consumers can post reviews of their personal experiences, opinions and outcomes with everything from an anti-wrinkle lotion to the latest laser treatment. In addition to offering consumers one convenient place to find reviews, beauty tips and opinions, RealSelf.com provides medical and beauty experts with a free online profile and a simple way to share insights in their own voice. For more information, visit http://www.realself.com.
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