Sunscreen Recall Lawsuit – Benzene Found In Sunscreens

Lady applying sunscreen – Benzene Found In Sunscreens

Nadrich & Cohen is actively representing those who have developed cancer or serious health complications after using sunscreens contaminated with benzene, a toxic carcinogen.

Testing lab Valisure recently detected benzene in numerous sunscreens, leading to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing the recall of five sunscreen products in the U.S.

We are representing victims of benzene-tainted sunscreen on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t charge a fee for our services until and unless we obtain a recovery. Our only fee is a portion of any recovery obtained, and we don’t charge this fee if no recovery is obtained, making our services essentially free. You will never owe us any money for our representation.

Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer or a serious health complication after being exposed to a recalled sunscreen. You may be eligible for financial compensation in a sunscreen recall lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the recalled sunscreens.

Sunscreen Recall: What Sunscreens Have Been Recalled?

The FDA announced on July 14, 2021 that the following sunscreen products have been recalled in the United States:

  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen

The FDA stated that the reason for the sunscreen recall was the presence of benzene in the sunscreens.

Then, on September 30, 2021, Coppertone announced they were recalling multiple lots of the following sunscreens, also due to the presence of benzene:

  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF50 Spray
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF50 Spray
  • Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF50 Spray
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF50 Spray
  • Coppertone Sport Spray SPF50

Does Benzene Cause Cancer?

Benzene has been linked with numerous forms of cancer, including:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia / Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (ANLL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Toxicology Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all classify benzene as a human carcinogen.

Call us today at 800-718-4658 if you or a loved one developed cancer after using a recalled sunscreen. You may qualify for a financial recovery in a sunscreen cancer lawsuit.

Leukemia Symptoms

Symptoms of leukemia include:

  • Bone pain
  • Bone tenderness
  • Chills
  • Easy bleeding
  • Easy bruising
  • Enlarged liver
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Petechiae (small red spots in the skin)
  • Severe infections
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Other Health Complications Of Benzene

Benzene has also been linked to several, serious, non-cancerous health complications, including:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bone marrow dysplasia
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Damage to the immune system
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
Sunscreen on leg– Benzene Found In Sunscreens

What Sunscreens Contain Benzene?

Testing lab Valisure has detected benzene in 78 product batches of sunscreen, including sunscreens sold under the following brands:

  • Aveeno
  • Babyganics
  • Banana Boat
  • Coppertone
  • CVS Health
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • EltaMD
  • Equate
  • Ethical Zinc
  • Goodsense
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Live Better by CVS Health
  • Max Block
  • Neutrogena
  • Raw Elements
  • Solimo
  • Sun Bum
  • SunBurnt
  • TopCare Everyday
  • Up & Up
  • Walgreens

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends those expected to be exposed to over 0.1 ppm of benzene to wear protective equipment. 40 of the products Valisure tested contained over 0.1 ppm of benzene, with some of the products containing over 6 ppm of benzene.

A study published in 2010 found that “there is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene, and all exposures constitute some risk.”

27% of the products Valisure tested contained benzene. A complete list of sunscreens that Valisure found benzene in can be found in their May 24, 2021 citizen petition to the FDA.

Can I File A Lawsuit Over Benzene In Sunscreen?

We can help you file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the presence of benzene in their sunscreens.

California law holds companies strictly liable for damages caused by design defects or manufacturing defects in their products. The presence of the toxic carcinogen benzene in sunscreen renders a sunscreen defective.

Call us today at 800-718-4658 to find out if you are eligible to file a sunscreen lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.

Sunscreen Lawsuit Compensation

Those who have developed cancer or serious health complications from recalled sunscreens may obtain financial compensation for many losses in a lawsuit, including:

  • Medical costs, both past and future
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and mental

Those who file sunscreen lawsuits may also be awarded punitive damages if the court finds that Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known their products contained benzene without warning the public about it.

female pumping bottle of foam cleanser

Sunscreen Lawsuit List

A benzene sunscreen lawsuit was filed in Florida on May 25, 2021, just one day after Valisure’s citizen petition was filed with the FDA. The lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson broke federal and state laws by not listing benzene as an ingredient on the sunscreens’ labels.

A similar Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreen lawsuit was filed on July 14, 2021 in California.

Can Oxybenzone Cause Cancer?

The common sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone was linked to carcinogenic activity by a National Toxicology Program rat study. Oxybenzone behaves like an endocrine disruptor and causes allergic skin reactions, according to Environmental Working Group.

Does Octocrylene Cause Cancer?

A study published in March 2021 found that the common sunscreen ingredient octocrylene degrades into benzophenone over time as commercial sunscreens age. 2,999 SPF products in the United States contained octocrylene in 2019, according to the study.

Benzophenone is listed as a carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65.

Sunscreen Lawsuit 2021

You need experienced, tenacious, battle-tested lawyers if you want to prevail in a lawsuit against a Fortune 500 company like Johnson & Johnson.

Nadrich & Cohen has been successfully representing defective product injury victims in California since 1990. Our lawyers are fighters – pit bulls – who have the experience and toughness to stand up to the largest companies and their expensive lawyers in order to obtain justice and fair financial compensation for you.

Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one developed leukemia or other serious health issues after being exposed to sunscreen containing benzene, or text us from this page. You might qualify for a financial recovery.