Elizabeth Craig, Miss Utah of 1991 and a former motivational speaker at BYU, and Brady Harper filed a lawsuit against Nu Skin for almost $250 million.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday comes nine months after Nu Skin filed charges against Craig and Harper for theft and selling items with Nu Skin trademarks on them. Although Craig and Harper were charged, the case was dismissed by a judge, saying they had “not one bit of evidence.” Craig and Harper claim that because of the charges against them, they have suffered name defamation and losses totaling nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.
According to the lawsuit filed in Provo’s 4th District Court, they have filed four claims. On the first claim, they are seeking more than $11 million, plus punitive damages of $50 million. On the second claim, they are asking for more than $11 million and punitive damages of $50 million. On the third claim, they want more than $10 million, plus punitive damages of $50 million. On the fourth claim, they’re asking for more than $10 million and punitive damages of $50 million.
“Because Ms. Craig is a former Miss Utah and enjoyed a career as a motivational speaker for various programs of Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, Ms. Craig’s arrest generated substantial media interest,” said the lawsuit. “Most, if not all, of the local and state-wide media published reports about her arrest, many of which are still available in on-line editions. As a result of Ms. Craig’s arrest, Brigham Young University canceled all of Ms. Craig’s pending appearances, and Deseret Book ceased selling any products associated with Ms. Craig, causing Ms. Craig substantial loss of income and reputation.”
Nu Skin filed the suit against Craig and Harper nine months ago claiming fraud, negligent misrepresentation, selling Nu Skin property and unjust enrichment. The suit claims Craig and Harper were given Nu Skin products by a Nu Skin employee with the intent to distribute the products to the needy in Africa. Although some of the products were given away through the charity created by Craig and Harper, some of the products were sold online for personal profit.
“On information and belief, Dump Products that Nu Skin generously donated to Interface included products that would be appropriate for delivery to individuals in impoverished locations for personal use, such as vitamins, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo,” said the lawsuit. “Other products, such as facials, exfoliating scrub and other high-end cosmetic and beauty products, would have been entirely inappropriate to deliver to those in extreme poverty, who were concerned more with basic survival than, for example, applying an expensive exfoliating scrub to reduce age spots.”