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Published on May 15th, 2018

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Monat Global Class Actions Piling Up

Lawsuits against Monat Global, an MLM company based in Florida that sells hair care products, are piling up with nine filed in the first five months of 2018. In addition to claims that Monat misleadingly markets its hair care products as safe and free of certain chemicals, lawsuits allege that the company fails to warn consumers that the products may cause hair loss and/or damage hair. In addition, several of the complaints allege that the company is operating a pyramid scheme. Firing back, Monat has sued at least one former distributor and two hair stylists this year (See Feb. 19 complaint and Feb. 21 complaint) claiming that these defendants made disparaging comments about the company. Below are the cases that TINA.org is currently tracking.

Case Name
(Court, Date Filed)
Failure to Warn Claims Pyramid Scheme Claims Hidden Ingredient Claims Status
Sohovich v. Monat Global
(S. D. FL., Feb. 2018)
 √ Transferred to MDL*
Whitmire v. Monat Global
(S. D. FL., Feb. 2018)
 √  √  √ Transferred to MDL*
McWhortor v. Monat Global
(S. D. FL., Mar. 2018)
 √ Transferred to MDL*
Alabaster v. Monat Global
(W. D. OK., Mar. 2018)
 √  √  √ Transferred to MDL*
Merritt v. Monat Global
(N. D. TX., Mar. 2018)
 √  √  √ Transferred to MDL*
Botallico v. Monat Global
(S. D. CA., Apr. 2018**)
 √ Transferred to MDL*
Hoffpauir v. Monat Global
(S. D. FL., Apr. 2018)
 √  √  √ Transferred to MDL*
Row v. Monat Global
(S. D. FL., May 2018)
 √ Transferred to MDL*
Maur v. Monat Global,
(S. D. FL., May 2018)
 √  √ Transferred to MDL*
In Re: Monat Hair Care Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (S. D. CA., June 2018***) Pending
Stefforia v. Monat Global (S. D. FL., July 2018) Pending

*The multidistrict litigation (MDL) is In Re: Monat Hair Care Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (Case No. 18-md-2841, S. D. CA.; MDL No. 2841).

**Originally filed in state court and transferred to federal court

***June 2018 is when cases began being transferred to the multidistrict litigation (MDL).

For more of TINA.org’s coverage of Monat Global, click here.

Updated 8-13-18

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