A surgeon from Los Angeles, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, has filed a lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp., manufacturer of sugical gowns, alleging that the company falsely claimed that the gown would protect agains infectious diseases, including Ebloa.
The complaint alleges that many of the MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns had "catastrophic" failures and that the com
pany knew for at least a year that the gowns lacked the impermeability to blood and microbes. Among other things, the complaint alleges fraud, false advertising, negligent misrepresentation and unfair business practices.
Shahinian, also the director of the Skull Base Institute, the first and only center devoted entirely to the art of skull base surgery, seeks $500 million in damages through a class action lawsuit. Among other things, the complaint alleges fraud, false advertising, negligent misrepresentation and unfair business practices against the company.
Shahinian’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti stated, “We are aware of individuals that have contracted various diseases while wearing the gown, but we are not at liberty to disclose what those are at the present time.” He also stated that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where two nurses recently contracted Ebola, has previously used the gowns, but does not have knowledge as to whether those who contracted Ebola wore them.