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Class Claims Tattoo Kits Were Dirty

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CN) - A California company sold contaminated needles and ink in tattoo kits it sold online, two people who claim they got infections from the kits claim in a federal class action.

Kristine Murray and Jack Bradley sued White & Blue Lion Inc., of City of Industry, Calif., on Nov. 25.

They claim they bought a tattoo kit from the defendant on Amazon.com, which is not a party to the lawsuit.

Bradley, an experienced tattoo artist, says he used the kit to give Murray and himself tattoos on their legs on July 7.

Beginning that day, and until July 10, "Plaintiffs could not walk without suffering intense pain in their legs," the lawsuit states.

Then they "noticed open sores around the tattoos."

The complaint continues: "The skin around plaintiffs' tattoos became very red and hot to the touch.

"These conditions persisted for several weeks after July 7, 2014.

"The pain in the area around the tattoos fluctuated, but the appearance of the flesh worsened as plaintiffs developed blisters and scabs.

"The tattoos also looked worse over time as the skin rejected the tattoo ink."

On Aug. 7, Bradley says, he received an email notification that the tattoo kit had been recalled due to contaminated needles and ink. The next day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a notice stating that the kits could cause infections that could lead to serious health infections, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs say they sought medical treatment and had to take antibiotics. They claim that the skin where they got the tattoos is "permanently damaged and scarred from the contaminated ink and needles.

They seek class certification and damages for strict liability, negligence and violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

They are represented by Nathan A. Duncan with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann in Bolivar, Mo.

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