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What They Knew

According to Monat’s website, they explain that their products are “naturally-based, safe, pure and sustainable” and that they use “the power of botanical oils” in “rich formulations that make these naturally-based ingredients work in harmony with each other.”

While that sounds environmentally friendly and healthy for your hair, the ingredient list found on their bottles tells a very different story. For example, in Monats’ Revive Shampoo, there are two ingredients – Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Benzyl Alcohol – that are associated with contact allergies. After repeated use, typical symptoms of a contact allergy can include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters. Over 12,000 Monat users have joined an anti-Monat group on Facebook complaining of these exact painful and embarrassing side effects. Many lawsuits have been filed against Monat – with more are being filed everyday – plus hundreds of complaints are being filed with the FDA.

Secondly, it is important to know that shampoo is considered to be a cosmetic which means it’s regulated but not tested or approved by the FDA. The FDA states that, “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.” Many Monat “Marketing Partners” (aka sales reps) have boasted of FDA approval, while in fact they’re supplying inaccurate information.

Finally, Monat freely uses the words “natural” and “safe” but there is no clear or official definition on what these terms mean. The term “organic” is strictly monitored by the National Organic Program, which is administered through the USDA, but Monat never uses this term. Monat incorporates a lot of words to garner customer trust, but many chemicals found in Monat are known common allergens.

When They Knew It

Monat Global was founded in 2014 and by the end of 2017, more and more women starting speaking out against Monat. What took so long? Well, the many women who are reporting hairloss and scalp sores discussed with their Monat “Marketing Partners” their problems and were told that these symptoms were part of a “detox” process to eliminate the chemicals and impurities caused by past hair care products. They were advised that after a set period of time, these problems would resolve themselves. However, even after stopping use, countless women are still suffering from thinning hair, bald patches, scalp burns, and other scalp wounds.

What can you do?

Currently, there have been hundreds of FDA adverse Event reports and class action lawsuits filed against Monat. Trisha Whitmire and Emily Yanes de Flores are suing Monat Global because Monat made claims they couldn’t back up including: 1) their products are safe for everyone, 2) health improvements included the prevention of hair loss and an increase in hair growth, and 3) that their products show higher proven results than their competitors.

Since so many women have similar complaints against Monat, these cases are being presented to the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Chicago, IL to determine what the next steps should be to consolidate these complaints. If you had hair loss or scalp sores after using Monat, contact us today. You were never warned of the potential for hair loss and scalp damage and you were misled to believe that this product was safe.

Monat Warnings In The News

4/9/18: Hundreds across the country say Monat shampoo caused balding, scalp sores

From coast to coast we found hundreds of people sharing similar stories. Men, women and children all spoke of scalp sores, bald spots and hair falling out in clumps.

Jessica Deets said her hair started falling out at an alarming rate two months after she began shampooing with Monat. She also estimates her daughter lost most of her hair after using Monat’s children’s line. Jessica showed us the clumps she says she found in little girl’s crib.

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3/19/18: Women claim Monat hair products cause balding, scalp sores

Scalp sores, breakage and hair falling out in chunks. It’s a hair care nightmare and some women are blaming it on the Monat hair care product line.

“I took a picture of my hair, compared it to a picture of before I stared Monat, and my eyes just filled up with tears. It was so thin and it was stringy and I was just sick,” said Erin Ostby, a military spouse who used and sold Monat products.

Women like Ostby say they watched their hopes for beautiful, healthy hair wash down the drain after using Monat.

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Filed Monat Complaints & Damages

2/20/18: Trisha Whitmire and Emily Yanes de Flores v. Monat Global Corp.

Monat Hair Care Products are promoted as “naturally-based” and “safe.” These and other claims made by Monat are patently false. Indeed, Monat claims without caveat that Monat Hair Care Products are “suitable for all skin and hair types.” Products will have substantial health benefits, including the cessation of hair loss and hair regrowth.

Far from the panacea that Monat Haircare Products claim to be, in reality Monat has caused scalp irritation and hair loss for many consumers. And when consumers complain about hair loss or scalp irritation Monat dutifully erases all such comments. Shamefully, hair loss claims are met with unsubstantiated claims of a “detox” period that will cause increased hair loss before the purported benefits of Monat Haircare Products accrue or worse yet, suggestions to spend more money on still more expensive Monat Haircare Products.

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1/29/18: Monat Global Corp. v. Vickie Harrington

Monat is a world-class designer, manufacturer, and distributor of hair care and personal products throughout the United States and Canada. Monat sells its products using a direct sales model, under which it engages a number of independent sales representatives, referred to as “Market Partners,” to market and distribute its products. Monat provides commissions and other financial incentives to its Market Partners for sales they make, and for purchases and sales made by new and additional Market Partners that they recruit.

In approximately September 2017, Harrington executed a contract with Monat to become a Market Partner. On December 26, 2017, Harrington falsely represented on Facebook that Monat’s products cause scalp burns, strip color from hair, and “thin” and break hair. Harrington also represented that Monat products “contain a highly dangerous extract called red clover that is horrible for cancer patients, pregnant, and breast feeding woman.”

In late December 2017, Harrington commented on Facebook to another individual, “if you know anybody using these products, please warn them.” She added that the “hair loss, scalp sores, irritation, burning, etc [sic] that DOES NOT STOP once you stop using these products.”

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Our in-house legal counsel, Matthew J. Daher, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. Matt has devoted his entire practice to civil litigation, and has spent his career representing the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents. As in-house counsel for Periscope Group, Matt leads our internal legal team and liaises with our external partners.

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Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here’s What’s Happening in the News

This month IVC (interior vena cava) filters have been in the news quite a bit lately as lawsuits are settling and more claims are being filed. If you or a loved one has an IVC filter, here are the important updates that you should know about this controversial medical device.

Do You Have an IVC Filter? Here's What's Happening in the News

The Problems Linked to IVC Filters

For those who are at risk for blood clots and are unable to take blood thinners, IVC filters are placed in a large vein called the interior vena cava. The filter is made up of several metal prongs that connect at one end (almost like the frame of a closed umbrella). The hope is that the device will catch any blood clots and prevent them from traveling to the heart or lungs where it could cause extensive damage or even death.

The problem with the filter is that reports have been made to the FDA stating that the device can move causing it to puncture the interior vena cava. This device may also have prongs break off causing the pieces to migrate to other parts of the body creating excruciating pain and putting patient health at risk.

Lawsuit Finds in Favor of Patient with IVC Filter

Just last month an Indiana woman went to trial and won her case against IVC filter manufacturer Cook Medical. 53-year-old Tonya Brand of Snellville, Georgia, had an IVC filter surgery in 2009 and in 2011, a prong from her filter had migrated and pushed through the vein and the skin of her thigh. Other parts had also broken off and migrated throughout her body but are unfortunately unable to be removed. After deliberating for 11 hours, the jury decided that Brand should receive $3 million to help pay for the financial hardships that her injuries have caused.

This is a landmark verdict for patients who have had similar problems with their IVC filters; this is the first case where it was decided that this kind of device has a defective design. This is also the highest monetary compensation that has been awarded for this type of case (a Texas state court jury awarded $1.2 million against Cook Medical in a failure to warn case in 2018).

Upcoming Case to Watch

The newest and most notable lawsuit concerning IVC filter injuries was filed on February 26, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This case is said to involve a woman from Missouri who was injured by the G2® Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by C.R. Bard and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. The crux of this case is based on the issue that C.R. Bard sold a defective medical device and failed to warn about safety risks. Currently, there are 6,300 actions pending in this case. This means that instead of taking each filed lawsuit to trial, the verdict of this case will help to determine the outcome and compensation of the thousands of similar cases brought against C.R. Bard.

Should You File a Claim?

There are now over 9,000 IVC filter lawsuits pending against IVC filter manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical, Cordis Corporation, Rex Medical, C.R. Bard, B. Braun and more. Clearly, hundreds of thousands of people had their lives put in jeopardy and thousands suffered from the terrifying effects of their broken filters. Profits were put before people and if you were injured, you should consider filing a claim to receive financial compensation due to high medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary hardships that you had to endure.

If you had an IVC filter placed in your body between 2005 – 2017 and had it break or migrate, call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.

 

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“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in IVC Filter Lawsuit”. Legal Scoops. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.legalscoops.com/indiana-jury-awards-3m-in-ivc-filter-lawsuit/
“Indiana Jury Awards $3M in Cook IVC Filter Bellwether Trial”. Yahoo! Finance.  Accessed March 13, 2019. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/indiana-jury-awards-3m-cook-040408228.html

 

Study Finds 45% of Mesh Implant Patients Develop Autoimmune Disorders

Surgical mesh is often used in hernia repairs and in American women for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (it’s illegal in other countries to treat gynecological issues). These medical devices have been linked to complications due to mesh erosion which can cause migration, organ perforation, bleeding, and other serious issues. A new study was recently published that also linked surgical mesh to a high rate of autoimmune disorders. If you have surgical mesh or are considering a procedure that uses a medical device implant, here is the information that you need to know.

Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, director of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, closely monitored his patients and came to a shocking conclusion, “In my practice, I studied 40 patients who had mesh implants and found that almost all of them had symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment known as ‘brain fog,’ muscle and joint pain ‘fibromyalgia,’ feverish temperature, and dry eyes and dry mouth,” stated Dr. Cohen Tervaert. “Of those patients, 45 per cent developed an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. And in the patients who had allergies before the implant, they were significantly worse after.”

The Problem with Medical Device Implants

Unfortunately, complications can arise when any foreign object is inserted into the body. Similar symptoms have been frequently reported in patients who have silicone breast implants. “When a foreign body is put into the body, there is an instant activation of the immune system. It continues to fight the foreign body and eventually, over time, fatigues and becomes dysfunctional,” Dr. Cohen Tervaert explains. “Large-scale studies have shown that patients with breast implants have more symptoms of ASIA (autoimmune/auto-inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants) and an increased risk to develop an autoimmune disorder.

Doctors have determined that patients are genetically determined whether or not they’ll have an adverse autoimmune reaction to their medical device. Dr. Cohen Tervaert found that pre-existing allergies were present in 80% of breast implant patients which just so happened to be the same percentage of patients who had allergies in his patient group involving mesh. While it seems like an obvious answer is to have patients genetically tested for allergies before having a medical device implanted, unfortunately a test like this does not yet exist.

Many patients recovered after having the medical device removed in situations involving breast implants, but this type of surgery is more complicated with surgical mesh. Tissue and nerves can grow in and around the mesh making it virtually impossible to take out the entire device for countless patients.

Discussing your concerns with your doctor and carefully weighing the risks versus the benefits are two ways to protect your health. Also, familiarize yourself with the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. The sooner you call your doctor to address these issues, the better chance you have at recovery.

 

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“Surgical mesh implants may cause autoimmune disorders”. Medical Xpress. Accessed December 20, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-surgical-mesh-implants-autoimmune-disorders.html?fbclid=IwAR0cIcQsQyMQBaTwBCdv5q-kExUEkzteXXX9q9cDVby4VyOTHgcvbgF3qH8

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

A recent study found that 19 out of the 20 beer and wine samples studied contained small amounts – parts per billion – of Roundup. With such a minuscule number, there’s nothing to be worried about, right? Well, not exactly. Scientists have found that even 1 part per trillion of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has the potential to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt the endocrine system.

Cheers! Roundup Now Found in Beer and Wine

What This New Study Reveals

The United States Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG), a nonprofit research organization, tested beer and wine for glyphosate/Roundup to determine “how much Roundup we’re drinking.” U.S. PIRG tested five wines and 15 beers including common brands such as Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home wine and Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium beers. Here are some of their findings:

  • Peak Beer was the only sample that did not contain detectable levels of glyphosate.
  • The highest level of glyphosate found was in Sutter Home wine, at 51 parts per billion (ppb).
  • Even the beers labeled as “organic” contained glyphosate.
  • Large, conventional brands such as Coors, Tsingtao, and Miller Lite showed glyphosate levels above 25 ppb.  

This study came on the heels of a German team’s research which showed that Roundup occurred in every sample they tested in 2016. German brewers were appalled and a follow-up study in 2017 reported marked improvement. Hopefully, this will also be the case in the United States. U.S. PIRG shares that The Brewers Association, which certifies small independent and craft beers, even commented that, “Brewers do not want glyphosate used on barley or any raw brewing material, and the barley grower organizations have also come out strongly against glyphosate.”

The Dangers of Roundup

Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, have claimed for decades that their product is safe. However, many studies have revealed its link to cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed it a “probable carcinogen” and in 2017 California agreed. In September 2013, researchers from Thailand discovered that glyphosate could stimulate the growth of breast cancer and alter the endocrine system with contamination levels as low as the parts per trillion range. In October 2008, Swedish researchers determined that exposure to glyphosate tripled the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin called small lymphocytic lymphoma. The most recent evidence against Roundup and its link to cancer involved California school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson. Johnson claimed that after years of applying Roundup to the school property, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Toxicologist William Sawyer took the stand and explained that glyphosate bioaccumulates in the skin making it more permeable which allows it to be absorbed into the body. Johnson won $78.5 million in his case.

And Roundup isn’t just linked to cancer. Other health conditions associated with this herbicide include allergies, asthma, autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s, gastrointestinal disorders, and more.

Roundup in Other Products

While it may not seem like having Roundup in your wine or beer is a big deal, it has additionally been found in a variety of other common food items. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their study in August 2018 which found that 43 out of the 45 oat-based cereals and snack bars marketed to children contained glyphosate. “The highest levels, greater than 1,000 ppb, were detected in two samples of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Three samples of Cheerios had glyphosate levels ranging from 470 ppb to 530 ppb.” The EWG’s child-protective health benchmark for daily exposure to glyphosate in food is 160 ppb.

If you love junk food, here are some other popular offenders with high levels of glyphosate:

  • Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips 812.53 ppb
  • Cool Ranch Doritos 481.27 ppb
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original 452.71 ppb
  • Oreo Original 289.47 ppb
  • Kashi Soft Baked Cookies, Oatmeal Dark Chocolate 275.58 ppb
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies 264.28 ppb

The Unknown

Part of the danger of Roundup and glyphosate is the unknown: how much of this chemical are we really ingesting? U.S. PIRG also states that the, “use of Roundup is growing at such a rapid pace that there is enough Roundup sprayed every year to spray nearly half a pound of glyphosate on every cultivated acre of land in the world.”

Maybe we should change our way of thinking: it shouldn’t be “let’s keep using Roundup until it’s proven to be unsafe” but “let’s halt Roundup until we KNOW that it’s safe.”

 

 

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“STUDY FINDS WEED KILLER IN BEER AND WINE”. U.S. PIRG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://uspirg.org/blogs/news-briefs/usp/study-finds-weed-killer-beer-and-wine
“Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.” NCBI. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
“Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?”. EWG. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/
“Monsanto’s Secret Is Out: Glyphosate Is In Your Food”. Daily Health Post. Accessed March 13, 2019. https://dailyhealthpost.com/glyphosate-food/

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