On July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson announced a nationwide recall of five aerosol sunscreen products after an independent study found unsafe levels of the carcinogen benzene in some samples.
The recall involves the following Johnson & Johnson-made sunscreens:
It’s important to note however, the independent study triggering the recall also found benzene in 68 other spray and lotion sun products made by Neutrogena, Aveeno, Sun Bum and CVS. The complete list is available here.
Benzene is a known carcinogen that has been linked to cancer,most notably blood cancers including:
Unfortunately, sunscreen manufacturers may have known about these benzene risks for some time but have not properly warned consumers. Therefore, they could owe substantial financial damages to those affected.
Latest Information on the Benzene Sunscreen Litigation
Yes. Lawyers have already filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of financial victims of the sunscreen recall and are expected to begin filing individual injury cases on behalf of cancer victims in a consolidated federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) court.
It’s important for consumers to know the difference between these types of sunscreen lawsuits and which one may better fit your case.
The Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Class Action Lawsuit (Dominguez, Meijer et al. v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.), filed on July 15th in California, is designed to reimburse consumers who suffered monetary damage as a result of the sunscreen recall, but did not suffer injury.
For those who developed cancer, leukemia or other blood cancers from their sunscreens, individual lawsuits can be filed in the appropriate district, then consolidated with other similar cases in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) court.
The multidistrict litigation (MDL) lawsuits are usually much more beneficial for victims than class action lawsuits. For class action lawsuits, lawyers gather thousands of participants who must share whatever amount is awarded.
However, individual plaintiffs with serious injuries in a MDL lawsuit are able to select their own lawyer, exercise more control over their case and whether it settles, and reap higher award amounts for their separate lawsuit.
DrugNews works only with lawyers that have served on numerous MDL Steering Committees and are integrally involved in the sunscreen cancer litigation. Contact us to speak directly with a lawyer at no cost today.
If you or a loved one developed cancer, leukemia or other blood diseases after using a recalled sunscreen, it’s important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if you are entitled to compensation.
Our qualified product injury lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, safety warnings and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.
Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after you suffer an injury or discover it may be linked to a dangerous product. However, you should begin the process as early as possible to make sure your lawyer has time to get necessary records and prepare your case.
DrugNews works only with attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled tens of thousands of lawsuits involving injury or death from dangerous drugs and products. And, you can speak directly with a lawyer or patient advocate today, so you’ll be able to decide if you want to proceed.
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