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Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse

SUED

For Knifing Consumers

9/13/2012 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Martha Stewart
and Emeril Lagasse are accused of duping hungry consumers into buying bogus cooking knives ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Emeril Lagasse has been the pitchman for the cutlery, which he has been selling on the Home Shopping Network.  Martha Stewart's company -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia -- owns Emeril's product line. 

The knives in question had the words "Solingen, Germany" emblazoned on the blade, leading consumers to believe the product was manufactured by the world-famous Solingen knife-makers. But according to the suit, the knives were cheap knock-offs made in China.

And this is funny.  The lawsuit highlights some crappy consumer reviews on HSN's website.  Por ejemplo:  "That is terrible when a top chef lies to you on TV ... Emeril cannot be trusted with what he advertises."  Another review says the knives "were rusting and were breaking in half."

The suit -- which seeks $2 mil in damages for each trademark infringement -- was filed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, which owns the Solingen name.

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Phishie from Philly    

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582 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

*********ATTENTION ALL TMZ FOLLOWERS*********
SOMEONE HAS DUPLICATED MY SCREEN NAME ON THIS TMZ WEBSITE. THEY HAVE BEEN WRITING NASTY AND IGNORANT COMMENTS UNDER MY SAME USERNAME. THIS SHOULD MAKE EVERYONE CONCERN BECAUSE WE COME TO THIS WEBSITE THINKING WE ARE SAFE BUT IN REALITY WE ARE NOT. THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHO WRITES A COMMENT AND IF SOMEONE DON'T LIKE IT THEY WILL DUPLICATE YOUR NAME AND MAKE STUPID POSTS IN YOUR USER NAME. PLEASE GO TO THE BOTTOM TO THE CONTACT BUTTON AND EMAIL TMZ WITH CONCERN. AGAIN WE ARE ALL AT RISK HERE. TO SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT GO TO THE MICHAEL MADSEN POST FROM YESTERDAY AND CHECKOUT THE POSTS FROM PHISHIE FROM PHILLY. YOU WILL SEE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE IM TALKING TO MY SELF BUT IF YOU CLICK ON THE SCREEN NAME IT WILL TAKE YOU TO PROFILES. YOU WILL SEE THAT MY SCREEN NAME WAS DUPLICATED. EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY COMMENTS OR ME FOR THAT MATTER YOU SHOULD STILL HAVE CONCERN BECAUSE AGAIN THIS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU. THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMEONE BEING A COWARDLY BULLY. IF SOMEONE CAN USE THE SAME SCREEN NAME THEN WHAT'S THE POINT OF COMING ON THIS SITE!?
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582 days ago
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j    

And in other news, I have a tree in my yard.

582 days ago
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really! really?    

So Martha Stewart is a crook? OMG! Who would've guessed? Oh wait.... that stint in prison might have been a clue.

582 days ago
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Ace    

This is the kind of knife set you hope a serial killer buys, at least you might have a chance to get away if the handles start breaking off.

582 days ago
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BW    

That fat meatball, lagoosie should be thrown
in the slammer where he can eat all the
sausages he wants.

582 days ago
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mebrat24    

oh my god, some one would lie to make a buck, I hope the get a bundle and make them an example of what happens when you try to screw the public to make a buck-- are you listening Kim K?

582 days ago
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batterup    

BAM! der schnitzen

582 days ago
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Don Martin    

Makes you kinda wonder what REALLY is in the stew.

582 days ago
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crazy k    

I believe it. Received Emeril cook wear as a gift, it was a piece of crap. Wrote to the company and never heard a word. BAM Emeril in the Bum!

582 days ago
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No comment    

This is why I don't not by products from celebrity lines. Everything in the Martha Stewart line is crap, from when she was in Kmart to Macy's. The Macy's kitchen products are all over priced, you can find better quality elsewhere. I paid over $200 for Martha's flannel sheets set at Macy's. After one washing in warm water the colors ran and faded. Three washings later they looked terrible. A Costco set I bought for $40.00 bucks has lasted two winters without the colors running, and minimal fading.

582 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

This post is helpful. I'm actually in the market for a new set of knives. I'm finally able to spend top dollar on knives for the first time in my life and now I know Solingen is world renowned and Martha and Emerill are cheap bootlegs. Thanks!

582 days ago
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Mike44090    

Did any of the consumers consider that Solingen outsources some of their products like so many other companies in the world? I buy a ford and it's made in Mexico or a Toyota and it's made in the USA. I'll bet somewhere on the box it says made in China but if it's a fraud then it's something for Solingen to worry about if it copy write infringement.

582 days ago
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static    

You get what you pay for.

582 days ago
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TheTruthIs    

This is a valid lawsuit. Brands absolutely must be protected under the law! And truth must prevail. Additionally, when you buy a product, people, look to see where it is made. Made in China? Forget it! Buy American. We MUST re-build our country. And that begins with YOUR attitude and a basic understanding of economics. What is GOOD for America is BUILT, DISCOVERED, PRODUCED and REFINED in AMERICA. Remember that when you VOTE in NOVEMBER. Note: And remember that, even built in America, windmills and electric cars just won't do it. We need oil, natural gas and coal!

582 days ago
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