Parties in J&J Sunscreen Litigation File Joint Notice of Settlement

Libby Vish, Esq. | VP, Business Development


On October 29, 2021, parties in the In Re: Johnson & Johnson Aerosol Sunscreen Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation told the judge they had reached a tentative settlement agreement. Last month, the cases were consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) in front of U.S. District Judge Raag Singhal in the Southern District of Florida.

Plaintiffs allege defendants, Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) and Costco, sold sunscreen which was contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen that has been linked to certain cancers and leukemia. The impacted products were aerosol sunscreens sold under J&J’s Neutrogena and Aveeno brands. The one paragraph notice reveals that the parties have reached an agreement in principle and are drafting a settlement agreement.

The Joint Notice of Settlement states, “Counsel for Plaintiffs anticipate filing the Settlement Agreement and related documents with the Court as part of a Motion for Preliminary Approval on or before November 19, 2021.”

The case caption is: IN RE: Johnson and Johnson Aerosol Sunscreen Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, case number 0:21-md-03015-SINGHAL/Valle in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The plaintiffs are represented by R. Jason Richards of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz, PLLC and Kiley Lynn Grombacher of Bradley Grombacher, LLP.

The defendants are represented by Aaron S. Weiss and Bruce J. Berman of Carlton Fields, P.A. and Steven A. Zalesin and Jonah Knobler of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

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