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Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Recent research has found a link between the chemicals in hair relaxer products and ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancer. People who have suffered significant health problems as a result of using hair relaxers may be entitled to seek compensation through a hair relaxer lawsuit.

The alleged link between hair relaxers and cancer

A growing body of scientific literature points to a link between use of chemical hair relaxers and certain types of reproductive cancers.

Ovarian Cancer: A 2021 study in the journal Carcinogenesis published findings linking the use of hair relaxers with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Uterine Cancer or Endometrial Cancer: In October 2022, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a study that found an increased risk of uterine cancer in women who use certain chemical hair relaxers and straighteners.

Although many people use these chemical hair relaxer products, Black women are more likely to use them and may be at greater risk.

Is there a hair relaxer class action lawsuit?

There is currently a class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding in federal court against hair relaxer manufacturers over the alleged link between the use of hair relaxers and cancer diagnoses. The MDL is a consolidation of multiple chemical hair straightener lawsuits across the country.

In 2023, Honorable Mary Rowland appointed Fidelma Fitzpatrick as co-lead counsel for MDL 3060 In re: Hair Relaxer Marketing Sales Practices And Products Liability Litigation in the Northern District of Illinois. Carmen Scott is co-chair of the Leadership Development Committee for the MDL. Tope Leyimu also serves on the Leadership Development Committee in addition to being co-chair of the L’Oreal Liability Committee.

Contact a hair relaxer lawyer

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, uterine or endometrial cancer after using a chemical hair relaxer product, know that you are not alone during this difficult time. For more information or to discuss a potential case, reach out to hair relaxer MDL co-lead Fidelma Fitzpatrick or Tope Leyimu at 1-800-768-4026 or by email at any time.

Potentially dangerous chemical relaxers

Our attorneys are reviewing potential harms related to hair relaxers and straighteners that contain formaldehyde and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are known to cause cancer in humans. Because it is a human carcinogen, the FDA has proposed a ban on using formaldehyde in hair relaxers.

Other chemicals of concern in hair relaxers include parabens, phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals.

We are reviewing potential cases involving the following types of cancer:

  • Uterine cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Potential products of concern for a hair relaxer lawsuit

Our attorneys are reviewing potential hair relaxer lawsuits involving products made by companies including:

  • AFAM Concept, Inc. d/b/a JF Labs, Inc.
  • L’Oréal USA
  • Strength of Nature
  • Soft Sheen-Carson LLC
  • Dabur
  • Luster Products Company
  • Namaste Laboratories
  • Godrej SON Holdings
  • Revlon Inc.

These companies are responsible for the following brands with products that contain ingredients that may cause an elevated cancer risk:

  • Africa’s Best®
  • Crème of Nature®
  • Dark & Lovely® 
  • Hawaiian Silky
  • Just for Me®
  • Mizani®
  • Motions®
  • Olive Oil Relaxer™
  • Optimum Care®
  • Organic Root Stimulator™
  • Roots of Nature®
  • Soft & Beautiful®
  • TCB®

Motley Rice’s experience litigating defective products impacting women

Motley Rice leads litigation brought by thousands of women harmed by defective products. Our law firm has extensive experience litigating product liability lawsuits for women who:

  • Developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene 
  • Suffered breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) allegedly caused by Allergan implants
  • Endured severe complications allegedly caused by birth control devices such as Essure® and Paragard® and complications arising from the use of transvaginal mesh

We’ve also helped mothers who have filed lawsuits for birth defects caused by prescription drugs and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) linked to baby formula

We invite you to reach out to our attorneys at any time to discuss a potential case. 

Contact Motley Rice for more information about hair relaxer cancer lawsuits

Many people have been impacted by ovarian cancer, uterine cancer or endometrial cancer allegedly caused by using chemical hair relaxers. If you believe you have been similarly impacted, you should consider discussing your options with an attorney with experience in multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Our attorneys have a depth of experience supporting women and families facing life-altering health problems. They have the knowledge that can help you weigh your legal options.

If you would like to speak with a hair relaxer lawyer for a case evaluation, contact Motley Rice at 1-800-768-4026 or by email at any time.

Related News: 

Law360 (Nov. 13, 2023): L'Oreal, Revlon Can't Escape Hair Relaxer-Cancer Link MDL
Law360 (March 3, 2023): Co-Counsel Named In L'Oreal Hair Relaxer MDL

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