According to a Class Action Lawsuit, Neutrogena Sunscreen is Contaminated With a Chemical Linked to Leukemia
Neutrogena has been the latest sunscreen manufacturer to face a nationwide class action lawsuit claiming that its products contain benzene, a chemical linked to cancer – most notably leukemia.
Shelli French filed a class action lawsuit against Neutrogena Corporation on Monday in a federal court in California, saying that the corporation violated state and federal law by marketing sunscreens containing benzene.
The complaint is one of several class actions filed in response to independent testing conducted by online pharmacy Valisure on various sunscreens.
According to the class action lawsuit, Valisure tested Neutrogena products and discovered benzene in concentrations exceeding the two-parts-per-million limit set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with some products carrying almost seven parts per million.
According to the American Cancer Society, benzene can be absorbed via the skin and is linked to cancer. In addition, it is often utilized in the production of other chemicals, such as plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, medicines, and insecticides. Also, it is found naturally in crude oil and gasoline as well as cigarette smoke.
Plaintiff claims that benzene in Neutrogena sunscreens suggests that the product is contaminated and manufactured incorrectly. Additionally, she argues that Neutrogena deceived customers by concealing the presence of benzene in its products and failing to disclose it on their labels, and therefore, making the product illegal to sell.
Shelli French et al., v. Neutrogena
French sues for the following:
- Violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act
- Fraudulent concealment
- Warranty breach, and
- Unjust enrichment
She is seeking to represent a class consisting of all citizens of the United States who purchased a Neutrogena sunscreen product, as well as a Florida Subclass.
French is suing Neutrogena for damages and an order prohibiting the company from selling sunscreens containing benzene. Moreover, this is not Neutrogena’s first class action lawsuit involving benzene allegations.
A class action lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Florida, alleging that Neutrogena and parent company Johnson & Johnson deliberately manufacture and market sunscreens containing benzene. This class action lawsuit, which covers all states except California, contends that Neutrogena and Johnson & Johnson breach state and federal law by failing to disclose the presence of benzene on sunscreen labeling.
Furthermore, a similar class action lawsuit recently targets Banana Boat sunscreens, alleging that they contain benzene. However, the company fails to warn consumers and does not intend to recall the product.
Editor’s Note on Neutrogena Benzene Sunscreen Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to inform you of a class action lawsuit filed against Neutrogena Corporation due to their sunscreens allegedly containing benzene, a chemical linked to cancer – most notably leukemia.
Case Name & No.: Shelli French et al., v. Neutrogena, Case No. 2:21-cv-05048
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Central District of California
Products/Services: Neutrogena sunscreen
Allegations: Neutrogena’s sunscreen allegedly contains benzene, a chemical linked to cancer
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