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Hair Relaxers Lawsuits and Settlements

Have you used hair relaxers or straighteners containing Formaldehyde or Phthalates chemicals for a minimum of 4 uses in a 1 year period? Were you later diagnosed with uterine or ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, or endometriosis? (See below for more details.)

If so, there is a high likelihood that you would qualify for a hair relaxer lawsuit and settlement opportunity. 

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Why Are Hair Relaxers Lawsuits Being Filed?

Hair products, particularly straighteners, pose a higher risk of chemical exposure. This is because they can be easily absorbed through the scalp, especially if there are existing burns or lesions present. Manufacturers of hair straightening products are accused of causing cancer.

Millions of female African American the United States regularly hair relaxer products. However, recent scientific investigations have established that the chemicals present in these products can induce uterine cancer.

As a result, some female users who have used hair relaxer products for an extended period and subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer have filed product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Uterine cancer

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study revealing that female users of chemical hair straighteners and relaxers have an increased risk of developing uterine cancer. The study, published on October 17, 2022, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, emphasizes the potential dangers of chemical exposure from hair products.

Particularly, straighteners are common causes since these can be easily absorbed through the scalp. Moreover, the risk may be amplified if the scalp has burns or lesions resulting from the use of hair straighteners.

Uterine cancer

One of the prevailing side effects of hair relaxers is uterine cancer. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study showed that female users of hair relaxers and straighteners are more likely to get uterine cancer. The research was released on October 17, 2022 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In sum, the findings established the link between hair relaxer products and uterine cancer.

Allergy

Hair relaxers, also referred to as hair straighteners or permanent waves, are utilized to disintegrate the hair shaft’s bonds and produce a permanent straightening impact. However, many individuals have reported adverse reactions, such as scalp inflammation, burning sensations, itching, and redness. In some cases, these symptoms may result from an allergic response to specific chemicals in the product or from excessive heat exposure during application.

Skin problems

In severe instances, these side effects could lead to lasting harm to the scalp. There has been a growing number of lawsuits related to hair relaxers and their negative health outcomes. These legal actions accuse manufacturers of neglecting to properly disclose the health hazards associated with their products or providing inadequate warnings regarding side effects. Some plaintiffs have even contended that their scalp burns, rashes, and other skin problems were triggered by utilizing hair relaxers.

Hair relaxer litigation is still ongoing, but manufacturers are progressively being held liable for any health hazards connected to their products.

NIEHS study

Long-term usage of several chemical hair treatments has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. This is according to a study linking hair relaxers and straighteners to cancer. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) conducted the scientific inquiry on October 17, 2022. Consequently, they found that female users of chemical hair straighteners suffered a higher rate of uterine cancer compared to those who did not use these products.

The study was conducted on 33,497 U.S. female adults aged between 35-74. Moreover, this is a very reliable study since the respondents were followed for an average of nearly 11 years. During this period, 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed. The study found that women who used hair straightening products more than four times in the year before enrollment were twice as likely to develop uterine cancer. Basically, this is because formaldehyde. This is a substance known to promote cancer and which is present in these therapies.

Carcinogenesis study

Furthermore, prolonged contact with the harsh chemicals used in hair straightening and relaxing can cause skin rashes or respiratory problems like asthma. Moreover, burns and damage to the scalp can result from the heat produced by hair relaxers and straighteners.

In addition, a study published in the journal Carcinogenesis on October 5, 2021, investigated the use of hair products in ovarian cancer risk. The study, which involved 40,559 women, required participants to complete questionnaires on their hair product use.

The survey questions include straighteners/relaxers. The authors reported that over a mean follow-up of 10 years, 241 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The study found that frequent use of straighteners/relaxers or pressing products in the year before enrollment was associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer).

These findings provide important evidence linking chemical hair straighteners to ovarian cancer risk.

February 6, 2023

The JPML Panel has approved the hair straightener class action lawsuit on February 6, 2023. Thereafter, all federal hair relaxer lawsuits will now be centralized in Illinois. This will be done through a new class action MDL assigned to Judge Mary Rowland. Since the beginning of February, 11 more hair relaxer product liability lawsuits have been filed in federal courts. Seven of them in the Northern District of Illinois and the remaining four to be transferred to the new Hair Relaxer class action MDL from districts across the country.

Since the start of 2023, federal courts have received seven new hair relaxer product liability lawsuits. Of these, four were filed in the Western District of Missouri, and the remaining three were filed in the Northern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Eastern District of Louisiana. Five of the plaintiffs in these cases accused uterine cancer as their primary injury, while the other two accused ovarian cancer and uterine fibroids.

Uterine fibroids

About 15% of the cases handled by legal firms involve uterine cancer litigation. However, the majority of instances involve uterine fibroids, which may call for surgical intervention such as a hysterectomy. Yet, there is broad consensus among legal professionals that the Sister Study provides the strongest scientific backing for uterine cancer litigation.

The early verdicts are anticipated to have a substantial influence, so attorneys are prioritizing the filing of uterine cancer lawsuits in order to set a precedent for future settlement compensation for victims.

There are now active hair relaxer cases in the US against well-known hair care product manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson and L’Oréal. According to these complaints, the defendant’s products have resulted in severe health issues such scalp burns, hair loss, breathing problems, and other negative effects.

In some of these instances, the plaintiffs are requesting monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and physical pain and suffering resulting from the usage of these products.

No, there is yet to be any hair relaxer lawsuit that was settled.

Still, it is highly probable that a large number of cases will be presented due to the considerable volume of consumers who may have been impacted by faulty hair straightening and relaxer products.

How can I tell if I qualify for a Hair Relaxers lawsuit?

You may qualify to file a Hair Relaxers lawsuit if you meet these criteria:

  • Minimum of 4 uses in a 12-month period; and
  • Any Relaxer/Straightener product containing Formaldehyde or Phthalates chemicals; and
  • Diagnosis of Uterine or Ovarian Cancer OR Uterine fibroids requiring surgical intervention, Endometriosis requiring surgical intervention; and
  • One or more year(s) between first use and diagnosis
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What are my legal fees, if your lawyers take my Hair Relaxers case?

None.

Amazingly, the legal representation will be an entirely contingent fee. That means that all legal costs and expenses are borne by the law firm representing you. You pay nothing out of pocket. The legal costs and expenses come out of the settlement or award you receive. 

Plus, unlike most other mass torts sights, you will be represented by leaders in this field of mass torts, not simply personal injury lawyers or whoever is paying for leads to a marketing firm. 

And what happens on the off chance the case is not settled or won? You will owe nothing because the risk is entirely borne by the law firm representing you.

How much can I recover from my Hair Relaxers Lawsuit?

Our leading Hair Relaxers Lawsuit lawyers estimate that the settlement payout for hair relaxer uterine cancer cases could range from $350,000 to $1,800,000.

Take note, of course, that this is merely an estimate.

So, talk to our hair relaxer lawsuit lawyers now for further discussion.

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If I qualify to file for a hair relaxers lawsuit, do I owe you any?

No. You have absolutely no obligations to us if you’re qualified.

So, if we find that you are qualified, and you wish to proceed with the mass torts firms we have provided for you, the lawyers will discuss the retention agreement with you.

How long do I have to file my Hair Relaxers lawsuit?

Act immediately, even if it’s not with us. This is for the sake of you and your family.

You might not be able to get any compensation because of statute of limitations restrictions made worse by lagging scientific research.

Furthermore, you run the risk of missing significant settlement chances if you file late. Therefore, it is crucial to find legal counsel as quickly as feasible. Checking the statute of limitations and repose in your state will really be one of our attorneys’ first tasks for you.

Each state has its own statutes of limitations (SOL) and statutes of repose for each type of damage (SOR).

These rules forbid the filing or enforcement of litigation after certain deadlines, which vary from state to state. Even if a lawsuit is filed after these times, it will be dismissed and you won’t be able to recover anything.

It could take a substantial amount of time for scientific research to show a connection between the cause – here, the hair relaxer and straightener products – and the patient’s symptoms such as uterine cancer.

Contact us now for more information.

Obviously, yes. In order to qualify as a recovery victim, your lawyer must have already filed your lawsuit.

Here at Lawsuit Help Desk, our leading lawyers observe due diligence in conducting assessments.

More importantly, they make sure that the mass torts cases they file are supported by scientific research.

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What are my next steps for filing and setting a Hair Relaxers case?

Immediately contact us for a speedy assessment of your case. Do it now! Get peace of mind. 

Also, starting now, save every document our attorneys may need as evidence. That includes any proofs of purchase, receipts, packaging and boxes of baby formula. Our lawyers will tell you much more when you contact us. 

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Monthly Status Updates: Hair Relaxers Lawsuits

Initially, the court cases were ongoing and a number of settlements were agreed upon. In one of the more high-profile cases, a settlement was announced between Procter & Gamble, one of the largest manufacturers of hair relaxers, and three plaintiffs who accused that their products caused scalp injury. However, the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. But it is believed to include an undisclosed sum as compensation for the claimants’ injuries. 

February 16, 2023

Apparently, it was reported that an additional 11 hair relaxer product liability lawsuits had been filed in federal courts, with seven of these cases filed in the Northern District of Illinois and the remaining four in other districts, all of which will be transferred to the new Hair Relaxer class action MDL. 

Evidently, the Hair Relaxers Lawsuits have had a significant impact on both the industry and consumers alike. With many companies reformulating their products in order to avoid further litigation, consumers now have access to safer alternatives when it comes to hairstyling products. Additionally, these legal battles have also highlighted how important it is to be aware of the safety and efficacy of the ingredients found in any product you choose to use. 

February 7, 2023

Also, the JPML issued an Order to centralize all hair relaxer cancer lawsuits in federal courts into a new class action MDL in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. This mass tort will begin with approximately 60 pending cases from various districts across the country. Further, it will be presided over by Judge Mary Rowland, who was appointed as a full District Court Judge by President Trump in 2019. While some may express concern about a Trump nominee, Judge Rowland had widespread bipartisan support for confirmation and is expected to be a fair and impartial judge.

February 5-6, 2023

Expectedly, the JPML Panel approved the hair straightener class action lawsuit, and all federal hair relaxer lawsuits will now be housed in Illinois. 

On February 5, it was revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had decided to regulate certain phthalates. These are chemicals found in hair relaxer products, such as DINP. Futher, these are believed to increase the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. 

February 1, 2023

Finally, on February 1, it was reported that seven new hair relaxer product liability lawsuits had been filed in federal courts across the country, adding to the 23 lawsuits filed in January. A ruling from the JPML centralizing the hair relaxer cases into a new class action MDL is expected soon.

January 27, 2023

On January 27, a hearing was held in Miami to decide whether to allow a class action lawsuit involving hair relaxers. A decision from the MDL panel is anticipated in February. There is a strong possibility that an MDL will be approved in this case, as seen by the rising number of hair relaxer claims being filed. Six additional cases were filed in federal courts only this past week, raising the total number of pending cases to above 60.

The JPML will decide later this month whether to combine the hair relaxer lawsuits into a class action MDL. Plaintiffs contend that consolidation is proper, citing the JPML’s routine consolidation of related cases involving several defendants and products, in response to defendants’ pleadings opposing the MDL.

MDL update

Later this month, the JPML will consider whether to combine the hair relaxer lawsuits into a class action MDL. Plaintiffs contend that consolidation is reasonable in response to defendants’ submissions opposing the MDL, citing the JPML’s routine consolidation of comparable cases involving several defendants and products.

Additionally, they argue in favor of transferring the MDL to the Northern District of Illinois. The severity of the injuries linked to the use of these products is shown by the rise in the number of hair relaxer lawsuits being filed. There is general agreement that uterine cancer claims have the most solid scientific backing, despite the fact that the majority of lawsuits involve uterine fibroids, which frequently necessitate surgery. 

December 29, 2022

A new lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, which claims that the defendants are responsible for causing uterine cancer. The lawsuit names L’Oreal as the parent company of Softsheen-Carson, Inc. The company produces Just for Me and Motions, and Namaste Laboratories LLC, a subsidiary of Dabur Ltd., which makes the ORS line of hair relaxer products.

Since the start of December 2022, at least five more lawsuits have been filed in federal courts regarding hair relaxer products, with one case filed in the Southern District of Ohio and the other four in the Northern District of Illinois. Of these five cases, three accuse uterine cancer and the other two are uterine fibroid cases. In total, there are now 15 hair relaxer personal injury cases and three hair relaxer consumer class action cases pending. The JPML will make a decision next month on whether to consolidate these cases into a new hair relaxer class action lawsuit.

December 20, 2022

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) scheduled a hearing to consider the motion to consolidate all hair relaxer lawsuits in federal courts into a new class action MDL. The defendants, including L’Oreal, strongly opposed to the MDL consolidation. Clearly, they plan to voice their objections at the hearing. However, 15 hair relaxer lawsuits are already pending in federal courts and many more expected. Hence, the JPML will likely create an MDL. The primary question is where the MDL will be located.

December 14, 2022

L’Oreal requested a panel of federal judges to reject a consolidated MDL hair relaxer lawsuit. The request stated that a class action would “breed inefficiency” because the hair straightener lawsuits share little in common. However, many hair relaxer lawsuit law firms are bombarded with reports of uterine cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, or ovarian cancer. So, some people considered L’Oreal’s assertion to be surprising. Although L’Oreal’s opposition may be in vain, the consequences of an MDL are still uncertain.

December 8, 2022

The first hair relaxer lawsuit involving injuries other than uterine cancer was filed in the Southern District of Georgia. The plaintiff claims that her continuous use of hair relaxer products caused her to develop uterine fibroids at age 22. Further, she claims that it resulted in extreme pain which required surgery. Sadly, her uterine fibroids returned eight years later. L’Oreal and a group of other cosmetic companies are named as defendants.

In summary, the number of hair relaxer lawsuits filed in federal courts continues to increase, with more cases claiming uterine cancer and uterine fibroids caused by the use of these products. The JPML will decide whether to consolidate these cases into a new hair relaxer class action lawsuit, despite the opposition from the defendants. The location of the MDL is also a primary concern. L’Oreal and other cosmetic companies are facing mounting legal pressure and are named as defendants in many of these cases.

November 29, 2022

A new lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia against L’Oreal and other defendants. The lawsuit, Gamble v. Strength of Nature Global, LLC, et al., accuses plaintiff Keaira Gamble’s uterine fibroids were caused by her continuous use of hair relaxer products that the defendants manufactured. Gamble had reportedly used the products from the age of 6 to 24 and had undergone myomectomy surgery in 2011 to remove fibroids. The lawsuit asserts that this is the first case claiming injuries other than uterine cancer caused by hair relaxers.

November 26, 2022

A few days prior, on November 26, a new class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Michigan seeking to force cosmetic companies to pay for a medical monitoring program for women who may be at risk from the harms of chemical hair relaxers. The plaintiffs cite new research linking hair relaxer use to uterine cancer. The arguments are aimed to require defendants like L’Oreal to pay for a program that will monitor the long-term health of members of the plaintiff class.

November 18, 2022

Hair relaxer lawsuit lawyers requested consolidation of the cases into a new, class action Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in front of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The motion noted that there were nine hair relaxer cases involving 13 individual plaintiffs pending in four different federal district courts, all claiming that hair relaxer products caused uterine cancer. The motion requested that the MDL be assigned to Judge Mary Rowland in the Northern District of Illinois. Despite this, the defendants may request a different venue.

These legal developments demonstrate the ongoing concerns about the safety of hair relaxer products and their health risks. It remains to be seen how the various lawsuits will be resolved, and what impact they will have on the industry as a whole.

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