The Home Shopping Network and companies associated with cooking stars Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart are facing a putative class action accusing them of marketing and selling counterfeit knives.
California resident Allen Moshiri filed suit on March 5 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging the Emeril Santuku Knife he bought in 2012 from HSN was described as having been made in Solingen, Germany, where some of the world’s best designed cutlery and scissors are made with high-grade materials and skill.
In his complaint, Moshiri said the 5-inch, $21.44 knife he bought was of such poor quality that it rusted after two weeks, quickly dulled and could not be sharpened with the tool that came with it.
And, although one side of the blade was stamped with the Emeril trademark and the words “Solingen Germany,” the other bore the word “China,” which, the complaint stated, was where the knife was made.
The suit says other customers have complained online about the poor quality of the Emeril knives, citing the blades easily chipped and broke.
The defendants, who the complaint said violated the California Business and Professions Code by engaging in unfair business practices and false advertising, are HSNi, dba Home Shopping Network, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., Emeril’s Homebase, Emerils.com LLC, and 1 through 20 Does.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs are Farrah Mirabel, Newport Beach, Calif., and J. Kirk Donnelly, Carlsbad, Calif.
Lisa Hoffman is a contributing writer for The National Law Journal.