Inventors seek millions from InventHelp for alleged fraud

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — An inventor has filed a class-action lawsuit against Invention Submission Corp., which does business as InventHelp and individual defendants, citing alleged breach of contract, breach of duty, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.

Lead plaintiff Etta Calhoun filed a complaint June 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the defendants profited from distribution of a substandard product.

According to the complaint, Calhoun and other aspiring inventors have suffered substantial financial losses as a result of the allegedly fraudulent acts of the defendants to employ high-pressure tactics to push plaintiffs to hand over tens of thousands of dollars and sign fraudulent contracts in exchange for false promises of developing and getting money for their inventions. 

The plaintiffs claim InventHelp devised a scheme to draw aspiring inventors into spending tens of thousands of dollars on worthless services and released false and misleading statements to deceive the public.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek a judgment against defendants,certification of the class action, treble and punitive damages of at least $36,000,000, compensatory damages of at least $72 million, interest, costs, reasonable attorney's fees and expenses, injunctive relief and further relief as the court may deem just. They are represented by Richard A. Levan and Jon-Jorge Aras of Levan Legal LLC in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 18-CV-2307

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