Cosmetics Class-Action Flood Follows Food-Industry Wave
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With certain similarities in product claims – particularly those featuring “natural” terminology – class action lawsuits for cosmetics have followed a trend that began in the food industry, according to attorney Meryl Maneker, a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLC.
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