Hair Loss and Scalp Irritation Issues Reached a Subtle Settlement
Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Selsun Blue, an anti-dandruff shampoo that allegedly caused hair loss and scalp irritation, has reached an agreement with the plaintiff Emily Lewis, who last week filed court documents dropping the class action lawsuit.
The class action lawsuit, filed in February by lead plaintiff Emily Lewis, was never certified. Moreover, the specifics of the Emily Lewis settlement are still undisclosed.
However, at this point, dismissal of the lawsuit implies that any potential Class Members will get nothing out of the agreement.
The Class Action Lawsuit
The class action lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Illinois sought to represent a nationwide class of consumers. Plus, a subclass of Illinois residents who purchased and used Selsun Blue products within the past three years.
The plaintiff stated that she bought Selsun Blue in 2020 because it was advertised as a product that may help her get rid of her dandruff and dry scalp.
Nevertheless, she claimed that after using the product twice a week as advised, her hair got brittle and started falling out. At the same time, she reported that her dandruff had not improved.
Lewis argued that Sanofi-Aventis failed to warn consumers about the risk of scalp irritation and hair loss from using Selsun Blue.
Selenium Sulfide and DMDM Hydantoin
Lewis’ hair loss and scalp irritation were blamed on two chemicals in the Selsun Blue class action lawsuit: Selenium sulfide and DMDM hydantoin.
A number of class action lawsuits have been filed against haircare manufacturers over fears that DMDM hydantoin can produce another harmful chemical, formaldehyde.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its formaldehyde guidance in hair products in March, noting that almost all hair smoothing or straightening products discharge formaldehyde gas into the air during the straightening or smoothing process.
According to court filings, the Selsun Blue class action lawsuit targeting the maximum strength variety may be over. However, similar claims against the makers of Mane’ n Tail and TRESemmé products are still ongoing.
Editor’s Note on Emily Lewis Settlement 2021:
This article is published to inform you of the subtle settlement between lead plaintiff Emily Lewis and Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Selsun Blue.
Case Name & No.: Emily Lewis v. Sanofi-Aventis US LLC, Case No. 1:21-cv-00616
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Products/Services: Selsun Blue anti-dandruff shampoo
Allegations: The anti-dandruff shampoo allegedly caused hair loss and scalp irritation
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