The Beauty Product Lawsuits You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Using beauty products can improve your levels of happiness, according to research. However, the recent Procter & Gamble (P&G) recall of more than 30 aerosol spray haircare products has unsettled beauty lovers. The products may contain a cancer-causing chemical, so people have been urged to bin the products. But P&G aren’t the only well-known beauty brand who have faced public and legal scrutiny over their products.

Sephora’s eye-burning claim

In 2018, Sephora and Peter Thomas Roth were sued due to an issue with a Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Eye Serum that was sold by Sephora. The claimant alleged that after using the product he experienced red bumps and a burn that subsequently left a hole in his face. The claimant requested $500,000 in damages and stated that he had gone through physical and mental pain as a result of using the defective eye serum. All went quiet after the news broke about the lawsuit, indicating that the case was settled out of court. This is similar to an earlier lawsuit against Sephora where a woman claimed to have contracted herpes from a lipstick tester. A settlement with the claimant was reached but no details were ever publicly released.

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) baby powder is an iconic beauty product, but the item has been the subject of multiple lawsuits. In 2018, J&J were forced to pay out $4.7 billion to 22 different women after claims that the powder contained asbestos which led to the women developing ovarian cancer. J&J have maintained that their baby powder is safe, but so far more than 34,000 lawsuits have been filed against the company. J&J have recently come under fire for attempting to block the lawsuits, but if you’ve been affected by the product, it’s important you pursue your claim. In cases like this a product liability lawyer will review the claim and look for negligence, manufacturing defects, and inadequate warnings. They will then help affected individuals claim compensation for things such as emotional distress, physical harm, and medical costs.

L’Oreal’s hair loss case

L’Oréal was the subject of a lawsuit back in 2016. The brand’s no-lye hair relaxer allegedly caused hair loss in women. One woman’s case was rejected by the court in 2019 as she did not carry out a stand test on her hair before using the product. Her legal team argued that she wasn’t aware of the importance of this, but she still lost the case. Other women have come forward claiming the same thing about the product, though. Delicia Taylor was even brave enough to post some shocking photos of the damage caused by the Soft Sheen-Carson’s Optimum Amla Legend relaxer. The images showed bald spots on her scalp and thinning, damaged hair. Taylor hit L’Oréal with a $5 million lawsuit, but the outcome of the case is unknown.
Beauty products should make you feel great about yourself. These high-profile cases show that some beauty items can be dangerous. So, make sure you always follow the instructions on the packaging and if you’re in any doubt about a product, avoid using it.

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