Which sunscreen companies are being sued?

The litigation concerning benzene sunscreen has just begun, as this is a relatively new issue within the legal arena. It was in May 2021 that the pharmacy Valisure found 78 out of the 300 tested sunscreen products tainted with benzene.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

There are two noteworthy lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson and Neutrogena

Right the day after Valisure LLC made public the results of the study concerning benzene in sunscreen, a lawsuit was filed by Meredith Serota in a federal court of Florida against Johnson & Johnson and Neutrogena. It accuses the companies of having broken federal law and state consumer protection statutes by not listing benzene as one of the ingredients on the label of their sunscreen products. The lawsuit includes anyone who purchased a tainted product, except Californians, since May 25, 2017, even if they did not develop cancer.

The complaint says, "Benzene, a known human carcinogen, is not on the FDA's list of acceptable active or inactive ingredients for sunscreen products. Nor is benzene identified as an active or inactive ingredient on any of the Neutrogena sunscreen products. Nevertheless, defendants proclaim in their advertising that 'Neutrogena maintains that the sunscreen ingredients we use are safe and effective,' which is a false and misleading statement." At the moment, the lawsuit, as well as the plaintiffs, are awaiting approval to move forward with the action they took against the companies.

Another noteworthy lawsuit is that filed by Johanna Dominguez and Sharron Meijer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit claims that the sunscreen of the company can cause cancer. It also alleges violations of California Business and Professional Code 17200 and 1750, violation of New York General Business Law 349 and 350, and unjust enrichment. According to the complaint, Johnson & Johnson has been selling sunscreen that contains dangerous concentrations of benzene under the brand names Aveeno and Neutrogena. Nonetheless, people have been filing dozens of lawsuits so far across the entire country.

Lastly, it is noteworthy that the cases against Johnson & Johnson were consolidated into federal multi-district litigation out of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, under Judge Anuraag Singhal. This kind of litigation greatly helps speed up the legal process. However, unlike class-action lawsuits, the cases in multi-district litigation remain separate.

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