A $10-million class action lawsuit has been launched against an Oshawa body art studio after thousands of people were urged to get tested for blood-borne diseases because they may have been exposed to dirty equipment.
The lawsuit against Longhorn Custom Bodyart Studio was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Whitby Monday on behalf of Oshawa resident Kaleb Beaulieu, who received a tattoo at Longhorn in July.
The action includes everyone who received a tattoo or body piercing between Nov. 17, 2006, and Aug. 1 of this year, when the studio’s equipment sterilizer was alleged to have been malfunctioning on and off. Durham Region health authorities warned that possible use of non-sterile equipment could lead to transmission of HIV and hepatitis B and C and sent letters to 2,400 people urging them to see a doctor and get blood tests.
The Longhorn was closed by health inspectors for eight days on Aug. 1 after a routine visit revealed the machine used to sterilize multi-use instruments hadn’t been working properly. The machine has since passed daily tests and will do bi-weekly tests for the next two years.
Tattooing and body piercing shops are not regulated or licensed.
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