A Los Angeles woman has filed a lawsuit against cosmetic giant Sephora with claims she contracted herpes from one of their sample stations. According to the lawsuit, the woman claims she never had herpes prior to her 2015 interaction with a Sephora worker handing out samples. She now believes she is due restitution for pain and suffering caused by Sephora's negligence in informing her of the risks.
Sample Station. According to the lawsuit, the woman who wishes to remain anonymous to date, has claimed she contracted herpes from the Sephora chain store in Hollywood back in 2015.
The Common Use Lipstick. The woman claims she was shopping the store and wanted to try a sample of their new Common Use line prior to purchasing a color at the time.
Negligence. She stated she did not receive any form of warning or notification that the samples had been shared or may be contaminated with the disease.
Sample Safety. The complainant was apparently upset to learn the practices were potentially unsafe after learning of the different practices of other stores. She claims others use safer methods of individually wrapped samples and as such, Sephora is negligent in their shared sample practice at that time.
Herpes Outbreak. After trying the samples, the woman reportedly had her first outbreak of herpes in the form of a cold sore. It was not stated the length of time between the breakout and the sample incident, but it was deduced one came from the other.
No Claimed History. Reports show the woman claims she had never suffered from a herpes outbreak prior to the sample incident and has concluded she contracted the disease as a direct result of their negligent practice of sharing samples and spreading the disease.
Failure to Address Potential Health Hazards. According to the claim, "Sephora failed to clearly warn customers that there was a risk for exposure to diseases from using the public samples."
Tests Confirm. The woman went for medical advice and testing to confirm the herpes diagnosis. It was not specified if they could tell a timeline for the initial infection but her diagnosis was confirmed.