Fitness Celeb Claims Gym Infringed Exercise Machine, IP

Law360, Los Angeles (February 17, 2017, 7:57 PM EST) -- Fitness guru and celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree and his Lagree Fitness sued the BodyRok franchise in California federal court on Friday alleging infringement of his patents, copyright and trademarks with a fitness machine nearly identical to his “Megaformer.”

Lagree’s Pilates-style fitness program is practiced in more than 300 licensed studios around the world, the complaint said. He also has patents for exercise machines in the program, including the “Megaformer,” which is designed to work core muscles in various ways and only sold to Lagree-licensed studios.

In a detailed 52-page complaint, Lagree accused BodyRok and its founders, who once had licensed Lagree...

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