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Power Balance Bracelets are Total BS ... Says Lawsuit

1/6/2011 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If you still don't understand how those super-trendy "Power Balance" bracelets make you into a better athlete ... it's because they don't -- this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

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The class action lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in L.A., alleges consumers were duped into believing the hologram-embedded band was scientifically proven to enhance balance, flexibility and strength. There was just one small problem -- there's no hard proof to back those claims.

In fact, the suit claims Power Balance honchos admitted they had "no credible scientific evidence that supported the representations" -- but continued to "mislead" the public anyway ... selling 3 million units in just three years.

The lawsuit claims Power Balance needs to shell out more than $5,000,000 to make things right with consumers.

So far, no word if famous band-supporters like Kobe Bryant, Shaq or Paul Pierce will join the class.

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charley hardman    

there is scientific evidence for placebo power. it's how religion works. if outlandish claims for money is the criterion, they should aim at the vatican next. everyone but themselves.

1295 days ago
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Carl    

Anyone dumb enough to think those things actually work deserves to have lost their money.

1295 days ago
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Wulung    

They've already lost in Australia. The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) has ordered the company to refund money.

http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/power-balance-wristbands-a-sham-accc-20101223-1960...g.html

1295 days ago
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sidai    

This is so fake. The bracelet makes you believe that you have the ability to "balance" better. See more here:
http://www.markuss.co.cc/2011/01/true-or-fake-balance-bracelets.html

1295 days ago
5.

Snoogs    

Ahhh, I'm SO glad these shiesters are finally being held accountable for selling these useless trinkets. Their sales pitch demonstration BS can literally be traced back to pre-victorian times. It was (and is) quite effective at tricking people into believing that their bodies were somehow positively affected by whatever product was being used after the first balance and strength "test".

1295 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

hey it changed my life after I put one on...it has true hidden powers that unleash greatness in us all....

1295 days ago
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Zentropist    

Of course a silicone bracelet inscribed with "holographic images" doesn't provide "magical" powers to the wearer... but what does this say about the power of Belief?

http://zentropist.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/what-power-balance-bracelets-teach-us-about-belief/

1295 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

MAGNETS WORK. Check out GAry Null.com to get those magents that do what is so called Holigram bracelet.

1295 days ago
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Joe Smo    

I don't blame this company at all. People who are stupid enough to believe in this product probably also think crystals have magical healing powers like our friend wacko Spencer.

1295 days ago
10.

casting couch    

Does this mean the silcone Power C o c k Ring I'm wearing also doesn't work?

1295 days ago
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northern gypsy    


hey "casting couch" you've just got the wrong product...
you need the penis enlarger...right boys ???

1295 days ago
12.

Karabear    

Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom from the Washington Capitals wear them and they should definitely join the suit! Both of them have been in a scoring slump the past two months!!

1295 days ago
13.

Sultry    

Its about time Kobe got taken advantage of... fool. Free Kobe!!

1295 days ago
14.

SP    

I guess all those pet rock buyers lost out because that was before we entered the sue anytime I get the chance stage of America, if you could sue someone for you being an idiot then we should be able to sue all the politicians we have voted in all these yrs who lied to us, as well as stole. And lets throw in all the bad movies that misled us with trailers of the best parts only to see the movie & know it was not what they said.

1295 days ago
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ben    

If you actually believed it and bought one, you really do not deserve your money back. Money can never fix stupid!!!!

1295 days ago
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