According to a story published by Today, two women have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of St. Ives Apricot Scrub alleging that the product causes skin damage. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the maker is including false statements in its advertisement.
The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in central California names Unilever as the defendant. Unilever United States Inc. is the parent company of St. Ives. The women allege that the crushed walnut shells in the face scrub damage skin by creating small tears in the skin. These tears leave the skin more vulnerable to pollution, sun damage, and bacteria. The tearing can cause acne and other skin problems.
In addition to failing to warn consumers of the potential for harm from using the product, the lawsuit also alleges that the company is using false statements in its advertising. The women allege that the use of “dermatologist tested” on the label if false because no dermatologist would recommend the use of the facial scrub.
The class action lawsuit is seeking damages, court costs, attorney’s fees, and restitution.
What Is a Class Action Lawsuit?
A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit filed by a group of individuals who have the defendant or defendants harmed all. This type of lawsuit allows a group of individuals to file a single lawsuit rather than multiple lawsuits for the same cause of action.
Advantages of filing a class action lawsuit include:
- Stronger negotiating position with a large group of people
- Lower costs of litigation because costs are shared by a larger group
- Claimants are given more time to join the lawsuit as opposed to filing a lawsuit of their own
- Victims can bring claims that would normally be too costly to litigate on their own
New Orleans Class Action Attorneys
Our New Orleans class action attorneys handle a variety of matters including defective medical device lawsuits and defective drug lawsuits. When a defective product injures you, you have the right to seek compensation from the party or parties responsible for the defect that resulted in your injury. In the above case, the defect alleged in the lawsuit are the crushed walnut shells in the scrub that can cause damage to the skin.
In addition to a defect in the design of a product, you can also file a claim for failure to warn of the potential for harm. Manufacturers and others have a duty to include a warning to consumers if the product has the potential to cause harm. Failing to warn of the potential for harm can result in a valid product liability claim.
Damages you may be entitled to receive in a product liability claim include compensation for:
- Medical bills, including long-term medical and personal care
- Lost income, including loss of earning capacity and future lost wages
- Property damage
- Disability, disfigurement, and scarring
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
The amount of compensation you are entitled to receive depends on several factors. Our New Orleans defective product attorneys discuss this matter in more detail during your free appointment.
Call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule your free case evaluation and free legal consultation.