Danish group sues L'Oreal for skin allergies

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

COPENHAGEN, April 4 (AFP) - The Danish Consumers Council is taking French cosmetics manufacturer L'Oreal to court on behalf of a woman who said she suffered skin complaints after using a hair colouring product, the council said Monday.

COPENHAGEN, April 4 (AFP) - The Danish Consumers Council is taking French cosmetics manufacturer L'Oreal to court on behalf of a woman who said she suffered skin complaints after using a hair colouring product, the council said Monday.

In what could be a legal test case for Europe the council will seek DKK 20,000 (EUR 2.688) in damages for Jane Pape from Ringsted, 50 km south-west of Copenhagen, who said she suffered eczema and irritation of the scalp allegedly after using a L'Oreal product called Excellence Creme.

Council lawyer Sonny Kristoffersen said the case will be heard before the appeals court, in 2006, after l'Oreal decided to discontinue its previous policy of paying damages and thereby avoiding a court judgement and any admission of liability. The council has recorded 107 complaints about hair dyes made by various manufacturers.

"This case is, I believe, the first of this type in Europe to be decided by a court and so could set a precedent in all of the European Union," said Kristoffersen.

"L'Oreal has decided not to pay (damages), for which we are happy, because we can finally verify before the courts that the responsibility for a product rests with the manufacturer and not with the consumer," he said.

L'Oreal Denmark said the company has accepted a proposal for arbitration from the consumers council with the courts making a judgement on the specific case of Ms Pape.

"Our products are well-known, legal and conform with all Danish and European laws," the company said, adding that it has for the past year made its instructions on how to use hair colouring products more visible.

© AFP

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