Jenny Mitchell, a Missouri resident, sued multiple hair relaxer companies, stating that her use of those cosmetic hair straightening products caused her to develop uterine cancer at the young age of 28, and caused her to have a full hysterectomy the same year she was diagnosed. On October 21, 2022, a lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Our law firm has partnered with one of the top mass tort law firms in the United States, Levin | Papantonio | Rafferty. We are evaluating cases for clients who used the following hair relaxer products:
As well as other manufacturers:
And developed, including but not limited to one or more of the following:
What do we know about the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?
Jenny Mitchell began using hair relaxers when she was just ten years old in 2000. At the age of 28, Ms. Mitchell was diagnosed with uterine cancer and had to have a full hysterectomy that same year. Mitchell states her regular and prolonged exposure to the chemicals of phthalates and other endocrine disrupters found in the above products caused her diagnosis. Since then, more than 11 class action lawsuits have been filed from Georgia to New York over to California.
On December 9, 2022, L’Oreal and the other defendants of the major cosmetic companies filed a response stating they are against consolidating hair relaxer lawsuits into one class action multidistrict litigation. The most appropriate place to try this case is in the Southern District of New York, where the L’Oreal headquarters resides.
The complaint also states the defendants knew that their products were dangerous since 2015, but failed to warn the consumers of the harmful chemicals and health risks that came with using their hair relaxer.
How do you qualify to file a claim for the hair relaxer lawsuit?
If you developed one of the above diagnoses from regular and prolonged use of hair relaxer products, such as using the product four times a year for a minimum of five years and were diagnosed in 2005 or later.
If you were diagnosed with Uterine Cancer or Ovarian Cancer, you must have been under 60 years of age. You must have been diagnosed within the last ten years of the last use of hair relaxer.
If claimants were diagnosed with Uterine Tumors or Fibroids, you must have been 50 years or younger. Women must have suffered either hysterectomy, myomectomy or fertility issues.
What compensation is available in the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?
It is undetermined as of yet, with the first lawsuit being filed in October 2022. Right now, we are evaluating on a case-by-case basis, but with the sheer volume being reported, a class action for hair relaxers will be inevitable.
There have been numerous cases in recent history where uterine cancer was the primary injury of the use of certain products. These lawsuits ranging from $400k all the way up to $1.75 million.
How can you contact us to find out more or to file a hair relaxer lawsuit claim?
Call Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan at 239-791-7950, or fill out a contact us form.