Model Awarded $2 Million By Jury For Facial Scarring From Use Of Cosmetics

Model Awarded $2 Million By Jury For Facial Scarring From Use Of Cosmetics
Written by
Abraham Jaros
Updated on Thursday, Sep 7, 2023

New York Law Journal March 24, 1987

A New York County jury held a cosmetics company, Erno Lazzlo Institute (a subsidiary of Cheesebrough-Pond) liable for the permanent scarring of a 26-year-old model, Teresa Norris. Ms. Norris used the cosmetics for approximately nine months, after which time the scarring she suffered left her unable to continue her highly lucrative career as a model. Her defense attorney, Abraham Jaros of Jaroslawicz & Jaros PLLC won the case by proving that the products were defective and the manufacturer failed to post instructions or warnings for consumers.

New York Post March 21, 1987

Attorney David Jaroslawicz of Jaroslawicz & Jaros PLLC won a substantial award — $2 Million — for his client, model Teresa Rae Norris, against the cosmetic manufacturer Erno Laszlo Institute. Ms. Norris, who has been modeling since early childhood, and has appeared in Vogue and Glamour magazines, was permanently scarred after many months of using “beauty" products produced by the defendant. As it turned out, she paid $420 for her permanent disfigurement. The New York Supreme Court awarded her over $2 Million because it agreed with Jaroslawicz that its defective products and lack of warnings to consumers resulted in her scarring, pain, suffering, lost earnings, and emotional distress.

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