Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Tattoo Kit Company for Selling Contaminated Product
Two people in Springfield, Missouri, have filed a class action lawsuit against a company that sells home tattoo kits because they both became infected with dirty ink in the kit.
Jack Bradley, who is a professional tattoo artist, and Kristine Murray, filed the class action lawsuit on Tuesday, November 26th, in US District Court against the company White & Blue Lion, Inc. They claimed that the tattoo kit purchased on Amazon.com – which is not a party to the class action lawsuit – had contaminated product, which led both Bradley and Murray to develop painful infections at the tattoo site, and cause permanent disfigurement.
Bradley and Murray purchased the tattoo kit online over the summer, and on July 7th, Bradley tattooed himself on the leg and Murray on her ankle. Bradley says in the class action lawsuit that he has 5 years’ professional experience as a tattoo artist, and he used gloves and sterile needles at all times. For the next three days after tattooing themselves, Murray and Bradley said neither could walk without pain, then they noticed sores opening up at the tattoo sites. The skin around the tattoos became red and hot to the touch – all classic signs of infection.
The condition reportedly persisted in both plaintiffs for weeks, and the appearance of the flesh worsened and scabs formed, according to court documents. Then, in August 2014, the Food and Drug Administration issued a product recall for White & Blue Lion branded tattoo inks and needles due to bacterial contamination.
Bradley and Murray filed a class action suit so that others who purchased the defective products and suffered personal injury can join. The class action lawsuit claims that White & Blue Lion Inc used unlawful merchandising practices, and that its products were defective and unreasonably dangerous. The two plaintiffs seek damages in the amount of $75,000 for strict liability, negligence, and violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.
What Type of Case Is Appropriate for a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action is a procedural device to collect individuals’ claims that are suffering harm. When a case is awarded class action status, it means that an individual or small group of plaintiffs will act as representatives for others who have suffered injuries similar to theirs because of actions by the same defendant.
The main reason for making something a class action is efficiency. If a large group of people have the same injury, it is easier to decide whether they are entitled to compensation in one area, rather than a case by case basis.
Class actions and consumer protection cases can stem from an almost unlimited variety of misconduct or defective products.
Class Action cases we have handled include:
- a case against the managed care industry on behalf of physicians for systematically undercutting physician claims for payment for seeing patients;
- race-based life insurance cases against life insurance companies for charging African Americans higher rates for industrial life insurance;
- consumer cases included suing finance companies for adding credit life insurance on to consumer loans;
- numerous personal injuries due to one defective product;
- a predatory lending case against the title loan industry;
- a predatory lending case against the mortgage industry for systematically steering clients into subprime lending
The Strom Law Firm Can Help Evaluate Your Class Action Litigation
The Class Action attorneys at Strom Law Firm, LLC understand the complexities surrounding class action lawsuits. Class actions and consumer protection cases can stem from an almost unlimited variety of misconduct or defective products. Contact our law firm today for a free review of the facts of your case. 803.252.4800.