The lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson’s “OGX” shampoos contained a carcinogenic chemical they had promised to reduce from goods by 2015.
A not long ago filed lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson’s “OGX” line of shampoos may bring about or speed up hair decline.
According to FOX17, the lawsuit was submitted earlier this 7 days by Illinois resident Larissa Whipple.
Whipple, says FOX17, was inspired to try out the shampoos because of their alluring promises to “nourish,” “smooth,” “revive,” and “soften” current hair.
However, Whipple later on discovered that one particular of the primary substances in her OGX items is DMDM hydantoin, “a formaldehyde donor identified to little by little depart formaldehyde when coming into get hold of with h2o.”
Even though DMDM hydantoin is occasionally made use of in cosmetics and hair care items, the ingredient has also been joined to “allergies, rashes, hair reduction,” and even most cancers.
FOX17 notes that the subsequent Johnson & Johnson products and solutions have been marked as that contains DMDM hydantoin:
- OGX Biotin + Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner
- OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner
- OGX Anti-Breakage and Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
- OGX Detox + Pomegranate & Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner
- OGX Marula Oil Conditioner
- OGX Added Toughness Hydrate & Mend
- Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner
By promising or appearing to guarantee that its solutions would foster much healthier, stronger hair, Whipple’s lawsuit suggests that Johnson & Johnson may possibly have violated federal customer defense statutes.
“Johnson & Johnson manufactured a quantity of affirmative misrepresentations: that the Merchandise include exclusive formulation (e.g. ‘Argan Oil, Biotin and Collagen, Coconut Oil, Pomegranate’) intended to nourish and revive weakened or dry hair, include softness and glow, and avoid frizzing and tangling and that the Products ‘deeply nourish,d [sic] ‘gently cleanse,’ and ‘repair hair,’” the lawsuit states. “However, the Products’ components consists of an ingredient, or blend of substances, that has brought about Plaintiff and thousands of individuals to practical experience hair decline and/or scalp irritation.”
On top of that, the lawsuit—which is a future class action—observes that Johnson & Johnson had earlier identified the likely dangers of DMDM hydantoin. In reality, the corporation experienced promised to take away the chemical, and other folks like it, from all of its merchandise by the stop of 2015.
The lawsuit notes that Johnson & Johnson did make very good on its assure.
Nevertheless, after Johnson & Johnson obtained Vogue Worldwide and its OGX manufacturer, the business did little to remove DMDM hydantoin from Vogue’s line-up.
“Johnson & Johnson did in fact remove DMDM hydantoin from present consumer products at that time,” the lawsuit suggests. “However, when Johnson & Johnson acquired Vogue International, such as their line of OGX solutions, Johnson & Johnson unsuccessful to modify the ingredient profile of the merchandise that did not maintain the same benchmarks for client safety. Due to the fact 2016, Johnson & Johnson has ongoing to market, offer and revenue off of the items that incorporate elements knew could damage individuals.”
This is at least the 2nd class action to be submitted in opposition to Johnson & Johnson’s OGX brand in 2021. Previously this calendar year, La Wanda Renee Vital lodged a related criticism in California court.
There, Essential suggested that Johnson & Johnson negligently produced shampoos with DMDM hydantoin, a “known carcinogen” connected to hair loss.