Professor Alberto Bernabe -
The John Marshall Law School
Friday, November 12, 2010
Hair salon product in the news for possible injuries to consumers
When discussing the difficulty of making the distinction between sales and services for products liability claims, I often use the example of a hair salon that uses a product on a customer's hair. Is the hair salon "selling" the product (which could make it subject to strict liability for defects in the product as a seller in the chain of commerce) or is it merely providing the service of applying the product (which would not). Along those lines, I just came across this story in the PopTort Blog about claims that a certain, and apparently very popular, new hair salon service/product is placing workers and customers at risk of serious injuries. Several lawsuits have been filed already. For more details go to The PopTort. For a couple of news reports/videos on the issue go here and here.