EDWARDSVILLE – Nearly 150 plaintiffs are suing the makers of Just For Men hair-care products and hair dyes, claiming they were injured after using the products.
Pierre Sanders and other plaintiffs filed the suit April 13 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Combe Incorporated, Combe Products Inc., Combe Laboratories Inc. and Combe International Ltd.
Several similar lawsuits filed in St. Clair County have been removed to federal court.
This suit alleges that all the plaintiffs suffered physical injury in connection with their use of Just For Men hair care products, manufactured by the defendants.
According to the complaint, the defendants allegedly knew that many users of its products would have allergic reactions, but they failed to warn customers of the risks.
The plaintiffs also allege the defendants failed to warn users of an adverse reaction to the product, do not have any information about adverse reactions on their website or advertising, and failed to warn that African-American customers are at higher risk for an acute reaction than Caucasians, the suit states.
The plaintiffs allege counts of strict product liability, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, negligent representation and fraud.
The plaintiffs seek judgment for each claim in excess of the jurisdictional requirements for the court, court costs and other relief the court deems proper. They are represented by John J. Driscoll and Philip Sholtz of The Driscoll Law Firm PC in St. Louis and Richard W. Schulte in Vandalia, Ohio.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-222