Plaintiff contracted dermatitis from the use of a mixture of ammonium thioglycolate and potassium bromate which she had purchased from defendant manufacturer as a permanent wave lotion and fixative. The lower court held that since the injury was due to her allergy, the plaintiff did not have a cause of action. On appeal, held, affirmed. The manufacturer could not reasonably foresee the injurious effects of a combination of the chemicals. Although the evidence showed that one out of one thousand persons was allergic to ammonium thioglycolate, the plaintiff was injured only by the use of a combination of the two chemicals, the dangerous character of which the manufacturer had had no previous knowledge. Bennett v. Pilot Products Co., (Utah 1951) 235 P. (2d) 525.
Lois H. Hambro S.Ed.,
NEGLIGENCE-DUTY OF CARE-MANUFACTURER'S AND SUPPLIER'S LIABILITY TO ALLERGIC USER OF BEAUTY PREPARATION,
Mich. L. Rev.
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