White & Blue Lion Tattoo Ink Infection Class Action Filed

December 3, 2014 — Courthouse News reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against White & Blue Lion, Inc., the manufacturer of contaminated ink linked to an outbreak of tattoo infections.

The class action was filed in California by Kristine Murray and Jack Bradley, of Springfield, Missouri. In July 2014, Bradley purchased the do-it-yourself tattoo ink kits online and used them to give Murray a tattoo on her ankle and himself a tattoo on the leg.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, the complaint states that Bradley has five years of experience as a tattoo artist and used sterile gloves and needles at all times.

Over the next three days, they skin around the tattoos became red, hot, and so painful they could not walk. The infections persisted for weeks and produced open sores around the tattoos. As they developed blisters and scabs, the appearance of the tattoos worsened.

The plaintiffs had to take antibiotics to cure the infection. Despite seeking medical treatment, they claim their skin has been “permanently damaged and scarred from the contaminated ink and needles.”. They are seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

In August, Bradley learned about the tattoo ink recall. The FDA also issued a warning stating that testing confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened vials of ink. The agency warned that the inks could potentially cause sepsis, a severe and potentially life-threatening whole body blood infection.

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