Hair relaxer class action lawsuits are continuing despite one major hair product brand filing bankruptcy last year. Revlon is arguably one of the biggest and best-known cosmetic companies in the world. Despite this, Revlon filed for bankruptcy last year amid the looming litigation for its cancer-causing products. The bankruptcy initially prevented potential plaintiffs from filing lawsuits directly against the company, but Revlon is not completely shielded by the bankruptcy or escaping liability for its cancer-causing products. According to recent reports, litigants have been given a new deadline to file claims in the bankruptcy proceedings in order to be accounted for in the bankruptcy reorganization plan.
The massive litigation results from recent studies revealing commonly used hair relaxer products, such as those sold by Revlon, are linked to higher uterine cancer risks among women. One study, led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), included data from 33,497 U.S. women from the ages of 35-74 seeking to identify risk factors for breast cancer and other health conditions. During the study, these women were followed for almost 11 years and as many as 378 uterine cancer cases were diagnosed. Researchers found those who reported frequent use of hair relaxing products were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.
The pending lawsuits across the country are seeking justice for women against the hair product companies for failing to ensure the safety of their products and for failing to warn women of the potential health risks associated with long-term use of the chemical ingredients.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer or killed by use of these products, please contact an attorney at Abraham Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1‑800-870-9584.