A man has filed a product liability suit against a multi-national cosmetic company alleging that it sold a potentially lethal coloring product he claims is responsible for the wrongful death of his mother.


In a suit filed against the L’Oréal Group by Aaron Morris in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois on July 8, he alleges that the company’s SoftSheen Dark & Lovely hair-coloring product caused his mother to suffer shortness of breath and ultimately caused her death in July of 2006.


The L’Oréal Group, owners of the SoftSheen Carson product line, has been accused by suit of negligence through failure to place a warning label on the product’s alleged potential to be lethal.


The suit claims that on July 10, 2006, Cornelia Morris applied the “Natural Black” version of SoftSheen Dark & Lovely and began to experience difficulty breathing while waiting for the dye’s effects to begin. Aaron Morris called for an ambulance, but his mother died after arriving at Jackson Park Hospital.


After an autopsy was performed by the Cook County Medical Examiner, it was determined that the cause of death was an allergic reaction to the hair dye.


The suit says that the product recommends that users wait a period of time in order to determine whether or not they suffer an allergic reaction. However, the suit alleges, Morris’ allergic reaction was not within the time the product recommended.


The four-count suit is seeking compensation for unspecified damages.

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