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Kimberly-Clark Accused of False Ebola Protection Gown Claims

Thursday, 30 October 2014 01:43 PM

Kimberly-Clark Corp. was accused in a lawsuit by a Los Angeles surgeon of putting its “monetary interest” ahead of public safety by falsely claiming its medical gowns protect against Ebola when it knew they didn’t.

Ebola has infected more than 13,000 people in Africa, killing more than 4,900. In the U.S., one man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas died and two of the nurses who treated him became infected. The U.S. is requiring monitoring of people traveling from affected countries while New York and New Jersey have imposed quarantines.

Kimberly-Clark has known since at least last year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns won’t protect against infectious diseases including Ebola and continued to market them anyway, Hrayr Shahinian, a skull base surgeon, said in his complaint in federal court in Los Angeles.

“KC’s recklessness and indifference to the prospect that it is responsible for placing patients and health care professionals at great and unnecessary risk of infection and bodily harm is nothing short of astonishing and, more to the point, utterly reprehensible,” Shahinian said in the filing yesterday.

Bob Brand, a spokesman for Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark, said the company doesn’t comment on litigation as a matter of policy.

“The company stands behind the safety and efficacy of our products,” he said.

Shahinian, who is seeking more than $500 million in damages, doesn’t claim he contracted the deadly illness, only that he “made use” of the gowns in question. The fraud suit was filed as a proposed class action on behalf of buyers and users of the gowns.

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Kimberly-Clark Corp. was accused in a lawsuit by a Los Angeles surgeon of putting its "monetary interest" ahead of public safety by falsely claiming its medical gowns protect against Ebola when it knew they didn't.
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