- What is the name of the case?
Poole et al. v Twin Hill Acquisition Company, Inc., Tailored Brands Purchasing, LLC
- What is this case about?
A group of nearly 100 American Airlines employees filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against clothing manufacturer Twin Hill Acquisition Company Inc. and its parent company Tailored Brands Purchasing, LLC for health problems they claim were caused by company-issued uniforms.Twin Hill shipped roughly 1.4 million garments and accessories to more than 65,000 American Airlines employees worldwide in the fall of 2016. Shortly after introducing the uniforms into the workforce, many employees began experiencing a wide range of health problems as a result of exposure to various chemicals ultimately found in the synthetic materials.According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, more than three thousand flight attendants and about 200 pilots have made complaints that the new uniforms have caused a range of illnesses that include, but are not limited to, rashes, hives, respiratory problems, cognitive problems, headaches, ear and throat irritations, fatigue and various auto-immune conditions.The plaintiffs’ attorneys argue these health problems have impacted the ability of these employees to do their jobs.
- What legal claims are part of this lawsuit?
The lawsuit contends the fabric used in the uniforms is dangerously defective by creating an unreasonable risk of physical harm to those who wear them and to those who are exposed to them. The complaint also states the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about the dangers associated with wearing these garments.The chemicals detected in the fabric include formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, monochlorophenols, tetrachlorophenols, trichlorophenols, toluene, cobalt, cadmium, captafol, chromium, copper, nickel, antimony, benzyl benzoate, hexyl cinnamic aldehyde and benzaldehyde. Several of these substances are known to cause dermatological, respiratory, neurologic and allergenic/immunological conditions.
- Who are the lawyers representing the plaintiffs?
Balaban & Spielberger LLP
11999 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 345
Los Angeles, CA 90049Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP
Engine Company No. 28 Building 644 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
- How do I join the lawsuit?
To find out if you are eligible, please call 1-866-266-1800 or email Info@kbklawyers.com.
- Are there more details about the case?
Below is a link to the complaint filed with the court as well as a press release with more detail:
Dallas Morning News
When American Airlines announced last month it had selected Lands’ End to make new uniforms for tens of thousands of frontline employees, the Fort Worth-based carrier charted a course it hopes will bring an end to a controversy that has dogged the company for more than a year. To read more, go to www.dallasnews.com.
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