International cosmetic brand Sephora has just been served with a new lawsuit. Documents regarding this case claim that a woman fell victim to an unsealed lipstick tester. The result of this contact was oral herpes.
The New Lawsuit Claim that Sephora Should Display Warnings on Their Makeup Samples
Back in October 2015, the plaintiff entered a Sephora store located in Los Angeles, California. Drawn by their makeup products, the woman tested a lipstick by applying on her lips the makeup from a tester. After this visit, medical experts diagnosed her with oral herpes. The woman claims that she never displayed symptoms of such a viral disease before trying the Sephora lipstick.
The identity of the plaintiff remained undisclosed for her protection. Furthermore, the lawsuit documents reveal that the main allegations stem from the fact that the company failed to inform its clients thoroughly.
For instance, there was no label or sign to indicate that a lipstick tester is considered a health risk. By using the same brush that other clients must have employed, clients are exposing themselves to herpes or other skin diseases. The plaintiff stated that she is always paying attention to cosmetic side effects and would have never used the lipstick tester if she was fully aware of the risks.
The woman referenced to other makeup brands that came up with safe solutions. They are letting their clients sample their products through individual testers. Members of the staff are also trained to offer testimonies and guidance for a more efficient shopping session. This way, stores’ clientele is safe from contacting unwanted viruses.
The Plaintiff Considers the Sephora Lipstick Tester Inflicted Life-Time Emotional Trauma
Oral herpes is targeting mouth, lips or gums. Symptoms are usually small yet painful blisters at the surface of the skin. The virus can be spread through direct contact with the oral region of someone who is infected. However, it can also spread through objects that came in direct contact with the fever blisters.
Even though the blisters disappear after treatment, the virus remains in the system forever. Those infected can develop the sores for numerous times throughout their lives.
Therefore, the lawsuit doesn’t ask for a specific indemnification. Instead, the defendant is considered responsible for emotional trauma due to causing life-time suffering to the plaintiff.
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