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Missouri woman alleges EcoSmart Insect Repellent is 'complete sham'

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri woman alleges that a brand of insect repellent is "a complete sham."

Christine Krumm filed a complaint individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated on Feb. 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Kittrich Corp. alleging violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendant manufactures Ecosmart Insect Repellent and the plaintiff purchased the product in 2016 for $6, relying on the product's labeling that stated it "repels for hours."

The plaintiff alleges that independent laboratory testing commissioned by her counsel in early 2018 revealed that the product was ineffective in repelling Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. 

The plaintiff alleges she did not receive the benefit of her bargain because the product is ineffective at repelling mosquitoes.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks for compensatory and punitive damages in amounts to be determined by the court and/or jury; prejudgment interest; restitution, for the defendant to undertake a corrective advertising campaign and attorney’s fees and expenses, and costs of suit. She is represented by Yitzchak Kopel of Bursor & Fisher PA in New York.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:19-cv-00182-SPM

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