Harry Reid Sues Exercise Band Company over Gruesome Eye Injury

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is suing a company that makes and markets a flexible exercise band that he says slipped from his hand, causing him to fall and suffer eye, face and rib injuries on New Year’s Day.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Nevada seeks more than $50,000 in damages for the Senate minority leader from Nevada and his wife, Landra Gould, from Thera-Band maker Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Company and related companies.

Reid’s lawyer, Jim Wilkes of Florida, declined to comment beyond the 16-page civil complaint filed Clark County District Court.

It alleges negligence, liability and failure to warn consumers including the elderly of the dangers of using the product. Reid is 75.

A legal representative of the company in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, didn’t immediately respond to calls for comment.

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