By now, you may have heard the sticky situation which happened to a young lady from Louisiana. She ran out of hair supplies and needed something to “tame her mane” before going out one night in a state of panic or desperation. Rather than jumping in the car to quickly go to a drugstore to pick up more hair products, she searched high and low in her home and discovered a tube of glue, and not just ordinary Elmer’s glue, and she found the good stuff – the Gorilla Glue. You know the stuff, advertised as “The incredibly strong adhesive you can trust for the toughest jobs…”, “gorilla glue is 100% waterproof and resistant to extreme temperatures” it even says on the bottles “100% tough” and “bonds virtually everything.”
Gorilla Glue Disclaimer
There is no doubt about it, and this glue does its job as advertised, the only problem is that the disclaimer on the bottles states, “do not swallow, do not get in eyes, on the skin on clothing” it even says that this product is suggested for “materials such as paper, cardboard, wood, laminate, and fabric” however it does not state anywhere, about not using it in your hair. Should we now expect a warning label on Gorilla Glue products which state “do not use in hair”? Is a warning label a mile-long always necessary? These are essential questions addressed every day by companies, individuals, lawyers, and judges.
While we sympathize with this young lady and feel for her predicament – nor do we want to make fun of her sticky situation – nor would we want anyone to bully her for her quick-fix actions. Still, we like to discuss this case because it raises some fascinating points regarding product liability.
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Gorilla Glue Lawsuit – A Product Liability Case
As a law firm specializing in product liability cases, our lawyers and staff are willing to go out of our way for our clients and help out any way we can, especially during their time of need. We pride ourselves on our ethical counsel, customer service, and diligence to ensure a just and equitable solution has been reached that benefits each of our clients. However, sadly we cannot take every case that comes before us, for some cases, it may be because there is a conflict of interest, for others, it may be because of a geographic situation, and finally, with other conditions, there may not be a case which we see. Still, other legal experts may be willing to tackle.
A Latin term in our profession we often use is “caveat emptor,” or let the buyer beware. In basic terms, it translates to the conceptional basis in contract law that places the burden of due diligence on the buyer of goods or services. A buyer must be responsible for performing the necessary due diligence before the purchase to ensure that the goods or services are not defective and, most importantly, meet the consumer’s needs. If the buyer fails to perform these actions, they will not be entitled to any remediation for damages once the product has been purchased. Although this principle is primarily used in real estate transactions, the concept still may be applied in cases such as the gorilla glue product liability situation.
Dangers of Glue
From an early age, we have been exposed to glue, what it is used for, the dangers presented when using it, the sometimes “addicting smell,” etc. Since 1999 when Gorilla Glue came to the market, we have seen advertisements about this excellent adhesive. We know it is extreme, and we certainly know or should know that this product is not safe for use as a hair product. We believe that a disclaimer stating not to use glue in your hair is not needed. As for almost everyone, it is obvious, it has been evident since early on, since kindergarten, that glue is not to be used as a hair product, and we have been taught from an early age what adhesive is used for – and of course, people should not eat glue either. Additionally, according to news reports, this young lady from Louisiana works with children; we have read that she allegedly owns a child care center, and it must have certainly come up during her years within her given profession about the proper uses of glue, the risks of bond sticking to the skin, and how and what to use glue on, how much more so that the strongest, non-commercial use glue on the market is not to be used as a hair product.
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While we believe this case would not be a viable product liability suit, we do welcome your thoughts, comments, and concerns, or if you feel you may have a product injury or product liability case and would like to discuss your potential case with us, please feel free to reach out to one of our competent product liability lawyers. They would be happy to discuss your sticky situation with you to determine if you have a case. Get a free consultation with an attorney now by filling out our free case evaluation for or calling 561-777-7700.