Dr. Oz’s family is suing Starbucks after claiming the coffee giant stole their idea for coffee-flavored lip balms.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, In 2016, a company called Balmuccino began developing a line of coffee-flavored lip balms.
One of the managing members, Samantha Lemole, is Dr. Oz’s sister-in-law. Lemole told Dr. Oz the company was looking for a corporate partner to help take their product to market.
According to the lawsuit, Dr. Oz contacted Howard Shultz, the CEO of the coffee brand, to pitch him the idea of Starbucks being the partner in the deal.