Robbie Hargett Aug. 13, 2015, 10:00am


BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Three women are suing Procter & Gamble over claims of design defects in the company's Tide Pods detergent product.

Lisa Guariglia, Micheline Byrne, and Michele Emanuele, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action suit July 23 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Procter & Gamble, citing deceptive trade practices, consumer protection, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, and product liability.

Since March 2012, according to the claim, Procter & Gamble has manufactured and sold Tide Pods with design defects that cause them to leave permanent blue or purple stains on light-colored laundry, even when used as the packaging directs.

The claim alleges that the packaging displays no warning of stains, and as a result, the women and others in the class bought and used the defective Tide Pods, resulting in damaged clothes and financial loss.

The plaintiffs seek relief in the form of requiring a warning on Tide Pods packaging, plus actual, compensatory, or other statutory damages, and court costs.

They are being represented by Mark Levine and Melissa Emert of Stull, Stull & Brody in New York City, and by Patrice Bishop of Stull, Stull & Brody in Beverly Hills, Calif.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York case number: 2:15-cv-04307-JMA-SIL.

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