Tara Costa, who first shot to fame as a finalist The Biggest Loser, is being sued by FC Online Marketing. The owners of ILoveKickboxing.com claim that Costa signed a promo agreement but could not fulfill it after gaining back some of the weight she lost on the reality series.
"We hired Tara Costa in 2011 to be a spokesperson," said Michael Parrella, chief executive of FC Online. "She came on at a certain weight. We had a fitness clause. She was in material breach after she gained, in my opinion, about 45 pounds. She was supposed to visit 15 of our franchise locations, but we weren't able to send her anywhere because she gained a lot of weight."
Costa also reportedly broke her agreement by signing with Anytime Fitness while still contracted by FC Online. Parrella also believes that the reality star failed to meet her social media duties with the brand.
This lawsuit is part of Tara Costa's legal dispute with FC, as the reality star recently filed a case against the company in Florida. The suit was recently withdrawn but will be refilled in New York. Costa's attorney, Darren Heitner, claims that FC Online did not pay Costa proper appearance fees and used her name and likeness without her permission.
"Ms. Costa hasn't gained weight," Heitner said. "If that were true and if the public realizes this, then why did they continue to use her image?"
However, Tara Costa did admit in a 2011 that she had gained back some of the weight she had lost on television. At the time, the reality star blamed her addiction to food. Still, as the below photo (posted on July 5) shows, she currently appears as fit as ever.
Heitner also said that Tara Costa was willing to make public appearances for FC and that Anytime Fitness was not in direct competition with the company.
"My client was willing, available and actually excited to fulfill the terms of the appearance contract," he continued. "It was no one's fault but FC Online's that those appearance opportunities were not presented to her."
Tara Costa appeared on The Biggest Loser back in 2009. She lost 117 pounds in her first nine weeks on the ranch and won a combined 10 individual and team challenges during the season. One of those challenges famously asked contestants to pull a car along a track. Costa came from behind to win despite the remaining competitors forcing her to haul an extra 257 pounds.
At the finale, Tara Costa weighed 161 pounds, down 155 lbs from when she started the series. However, she lost the final weigh-in to Helen Phillips, whom many felt made herself too thin in order to claim the top prize.