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U.S. singer Lady Gaga, wearing an arm band with the words ''We Pray for Japan'', attends a news conference in Tokyo June 23, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Issei Kato

Representatives of Lady Gaga described the lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red We Pray for Japan rubber bracelets as misguided and without merit, according to a Reuters report.

 

This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan, they said.

A lawsuit that was filed last week by Michigan legal network, 1800LAWFIRM alleging unlike what was pledged by Gaga initially, not all of proceeds from the wristband sales were going to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami. The federal class action also claimed that shipping costs were inflated.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday when Gaga was in Japan for a benefit concert.

The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster, Tuesday's statement said, according to the report.

The Italian-American singer is reported to have donated about $3 million to Japan disaster relief through sales of the wristbands and other ventures.

Lady Gaga was last month named the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes magazine, based on her earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.