Lawsuit: Carcinogenic Chemicals in Hair Care Products

A  lawsuit has been filed against L’Oréal USA, Namaste Laboratories and three other personal care product companies for selling cancer-causing products.  More specifically, the lawsuit alleges the personal care giants sold hair relaxers/straighteners to the public knowing they had a risk of causing uterine cancer.  “The mass tort suit alleges that the plaintiff’s diagnosis of uterine cancer was the result of prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in these hair products. Phthalates are chemical compounds used in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products, which, the lawsuit says, could have “negative long-term impacts on the success of pregnancy, child growth and development, and reproductive systems in both young children and adolescents.” The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated state statutes and failed to protect consumers against “deceptive, fraudulent and unconscionable trade and business practices and false advertising by knowingly and falsely” selling harmful products. ” (source)