Woman sues "Fifty Shades of Grey" author over ineffective lubricant

A California resident is taking E.L. James to court for promoting a product that doesn't provide advertised orgasms

By Jenny Kutner
Published February 9, 2015 4:08PM (EST)
(AP/Vintage Books)
(AP/Vintage Books)

A California woman is taking virtually everyone involved in the promotion of a "Fifty Shades of Grey" personal lubricant to court, with a simple legal complaint: the product didn't work as she was told it would. Which is to say, the product didn't help her achieve mind-blowing orgasm after mind-blowing orgasm.

In a class action lawsuit filed last week, Tania Warchol claims the Fifty Shades of Grey Come Alive Pleasure Gel for Her, which she says she purchased "on at least two occasions," didn't live up to its promises. Because the lubricant is not affiliated with the upcoming "Fifty Shades" film, Warchol hasn't filed suit against Universal, which is releasing the movie. But that hasn't stopped her from suing British erotic toy company Lovehoney, the parent company of the store where she bought the product, and "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

The complaint notes that the product's packaging promises users will "experience enhanced orgasms and stimulation as every tingle, touch and vibration intensifies." It includes the lines from James' second Fifty Shades novel printed on the box — "I surrender, exploding around him — a draining, soul-grabbing orgasm that leaves me spent and exhausted." It was a bit of a letdown, Warchol claims.

"Based on Defendants' representations, Plaintiff believed the Product has powerful aphrodisiac qualities and would increase her sexual pleasure as advertised," reads the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The Product did not deliver the purported benefits."

Warchol's complaint also raises allegations that the lubricant is misclassified and not in accordance with FDA standards, and thereby alleges that it is being "illegally marketed" and has been for the past four years. The woman is suing on behalf of everyone who has purchased the product within that time period and is seeking full refunds, as well as punitive damages. Happy "Fifty Shades" week, everyone!

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