SmileDirectClub just sued NBC for $2.8 billion, claiming reports about its teeth-straightening products were defamatory
SmileDirectClubis suing Comcast's NBCUniversal for roughly $2.8 billion, claiming its reports about the company's teeth-straightening products were defamatory, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
- The lawsuit alleges that reporting earlier this year by NBC
Newsdescribing customers' complaints was "willfully and knowingly" false and misleading, according to a press release.
- SmileDirectClub said its value plummeted by $950 million following the reports.
- "We stand by our reporting and believe this is a meritless claim,"
NBC Newstold The Wall Street Journal.
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Teeth-straightening startup SmileDirectClub filed a lawsuit Monday against
SmileDirectClub claims that NBC, which is owned by Comcast, intentionally made inaccurate claims about the company's products in stories earlier this year that described customers' complaints about its products and featured an orthodontics professor warning about teledentistry.NBC "willfully and knowingly published dozens of false and misleading statements about SDC," the suit alleges, claiming NBC knew "that their actions would cause significant economic and reputational harm to the company."Advertisement
SmileDirectClub claimed its public valuation dropped by $950 million following the NBC reports.
"SDC brought this lawsuit for its employees and officers, for its affiliated doctors, for its shareholders, and to recover from the damage NBC caused to its business and reputation," SmileDirectClub attorney J. Erik Connolly told Business Insider in a statement."SDC respects the role that the
"We stand by our reporting and believe this is a meritless claim," NBC News told The Wall Street Journal.SmileDirectClub sells clear teeth aligners directly to consumers as well as through dentists and orthodontists, and had been a highly touted startup that was privately valued as high as $8.9 billion, according to PitchBook, before tanking when it went public in September 2019. The company has continued to struggle financially this year, missing analyst expectations last quarter due to back-office expenses and inefficient manufacturing operations.Advertisement
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