Kimberly-Clark's Cost-Cutting Caused Gown Issues, Jury Told

Law360, Los Angeles (March 29, 2017, 11:16 PM EDT) -- A former Kimberly-Clark director testified in California federal court Wednesday as the first witness in a class action trial alleging the health care products maker passed off porous surgery gowns as essentially impermeable, saying in a recorded video that the problems resulted from product changes made “to improve the bottom line.”

Lead plaintiff Bahamas Surgery Center LLC’s suit accuses Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Halyard Health Inc. of misleading buyers of MicroCool surgical gowns about their compliance with a medical safety standard known as AAMI 4 for pathogen barriers and is brought on behalf of persons and entities in California who purchased the gowns...

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