February 17, 1934


JAMA. 1934;102(7):565-566. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750070063033

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Hair Dyes: Right of Court to Require Disclosure of Ingredients.—  The plaintiff brought suit against Inecto, Inc., and another, alleging that a hair dye manufactured by the corporation was inherently dangerous and that it injured her when it was applied to her scalp, eyelashes and eyebrows. The taking of testimony before trial, under certain restrictions, is sanctioned by a New York statute, if such testimony is material and necessary to the plaintiff's cause of action. Acting thereunder, the plaintiff served notice on the corporation that, before trial, its testimony would be taken at a specified time and place, and the supreme court of New York ordered the corporation to submit to this pretrial examination and to give testimony concerning the chemicals, poisons, drugs and other ingredients of the hair dye. This order was affirmed by the appellate division, and the corporation appealed to the Court of Appeals of New York.

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