Sephora settles suit from woman who says she contracted herpes from lipstick sample

LOS ANGELES -- Sephora has reached a settlement with a woman who says she contracted a herpes-related cold sore from a lipstick sample at its Hollywood store.

Elena Davoyan filed a lawsuit against Sephora.

The Glendale woman claims she went into the company's Hollywood Boulevard store to test out a lipstick sample and later tested positive for the oral herpes virus.

The lawsuit claims Sephora should have known about the risks of samples used by more than one customer.

Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Sephora released the following statement:

"We have resolved this matter while continuing to deny all of the allegations in the complaint. Sephora's entire retail concept is rooted in self-discovery and our goal is to enable an immersive environment that caters to clients' desire to learn and play uninhibited in a safe and clean environment. We take product hygiene very seriously and we are dedicated to following best practices in our stores."
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