L’Oreal Sued Over Hair Straightener Cancer Claims

Libby Vish, Esq. | VP, Business Development


On Friday, October 21, 2022, a claim was filed in the United Stated District Court, Northern District of Illinois against L’Oreal and additional defendants (collectively, “Defendants”). The plaintiff claims her uterine cancer is a result of using Defendants’ haircare products.

In the complaint, named plaintiff Jenny Mitchell alleges that Defendants have known since at least 2015 about the connection between a chemical used in their products and an increased risk of cancer.

On October 17, 2022, a study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showing a heightened risk between using chemical hair straightening and/or relaxing products and uterine cancer. The National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Studies conducted the study.

The 77-page complaint provides an overview of the hair straighteners and relaxers market and a detailed history of the context and development of the products. It describes the applicable regulatory framework. It includes information about the common chemicals found in these products and the injuries associated with exposure to those chemicals, such as Uterine Cancer, Breast Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Pre-term Delivery.

The complaint alleges multiple counts including failure to warn, design and/or manufacturing defect, negligent failure to warn, negligence, violations of Missouri and Illinois consumer protection statutes, fraud, breach of warranties, failure to recall and medical monitoring.

Plaintiff is represented by Diandra S. Debrosse Zimmermann, Eli J. Hare, Adam J. Levitt, Blake Stubbs, Mark A. DiCello, Mark M. Abramowitz, Bernadette Armand, Elizabeth P. White and Éviealle J. Dawkins of DiCello Levitt LLC, and Benjamin Crump and Nabeha Shaer of Ben Crump Law PLLC.

The case is: Jenny Mitchell v. L'Oreal USA Inc. et al., case number 1:22-cv-05815, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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