Emerson Poynter LLP Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Concerning

Emerson Poynter LLP Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf
of Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Concerning Health Issues From Wearing
Twin Hill Uniforms -- MW

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerson Poynter LLP, with
offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston, Texas, announced today that it
filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Alaska Airlines flight attendants
who have experienced numerous health problems as a result of wearing their
uniform. 

Last year, the airline issued new uniforms to its flight attendants. The new
uniforms were manufactured by Twin Hill (a division of Men's Wearhouse:
(NYSE:MW) ), and have been found to contain Disperse Orange 37/76, which is a
dye that has been banned from use in apparel products, because Disperse Orange
37/76 is a known skin and respiratory irritant. Almost immediately after the
new Twin Hill uniforms were issued to the flight attendants, they began to
experience skin symptoms -- rash, hives, redness, or itching. A growing number
of attendants are also reporting abnormal thyroid functions, hair loss, eye
irritation/inflammation, fatigue, shortness of breath, congestion, coughing
and asthma.

While the uniforms continue to be tested for other toxic substances, it is
clear the new uniforms pose a substantial health threat to Alaska Airlines'
flight attendants. In fact, more than 400 flight attendants have reported
significant health issues while wearing the new uniforms to their union, the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (or "AFA"). Even though affected
attendants have been permitted to wear their old uniform or even civilian
clothing, they are still experiencing the same health issues, because they
work in obviously close quarters with other flight attendants wearing the new
uniform containing Disperse Orange 37/76. For this reason, the class action
complaint filed yesterday on behalf of Alaska Airline flight attendants in
United States District Court, Central District of California, seeks to compel
a total recall of the new uniforms. The AFA has also demanded a
recall.

On November 9, 2012, the AFA issued a press release reporting the hundreds of
complaints filed by Alaska Airlines' flight attendants about the new uniforms
causing then to fall ill. In the press release, the AFA demanded a recall of
the new Twin Hill uniforms and said: "For the safety and health of Alaska
Flight Attendants, we are demanding that management work with us to
immediately recall these hazardous uniforms and issue new pieces that are safe
alternatives and not harmful to crewmembers and our families."

If you have experienced similar problems with your company uniform, and you
believe it was also manufactured by Twin Hill, please consider contacting
Emerson Poynter LLP. You may either contact Emerson Poynter LLP through the
firm's website or call. Additionally, Emerson Poynter LLP has set up a website
for flight attendants of any airline experiencing these or similar medical
issues to contact the firm and seek representation. See,
www.flightuniformlitigation.com.

Emerson Poynter LLP has a national and international class-action legal
practice with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston, Texas.Emerson
Poynter handles complex commercial, environmental and consumer protection
litigation throughout the United States. It has substantial experience in
litigating large complex class-action cases and serves in a leadership
position in numerous cases.

CONTACT: John G. Emerson, Esq.
         Scott E. Poynter, Esq.
         Emerson Poynter LLP
         500 President Clinton Ave, Suite 305
         Little Rock, AR 72201
         Tel: 501.907.2555
         Fax: 501.907.2556
         Tel toll free: 800.663.9817
         www.emersonpoynter.com
         flightuniform@emersonpoynter.com
 
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