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Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall Lawsuit

applying spray on sunscreenIn July 2021, Johnson & Johnson recalled several aerosol sunscreen products because they contain benzene, a chemical that may cause cancer. This is a response to research done by Valisure; the independent pharmaceutical testing lab found 78 lots of sun care products made by several companies contained significant amounts of benzene.  

Just two months later, one of these companies, Coppertone, announced a voluntary recall of several lots of aerosol sunscreen spray products. The company discovered the products contained Benzene.

Those who used benzene-containing sunscreen and were diagnosed with cancer may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer. Call Phillips Law Group today to schedule your free consultation to discuss a potential sunscreen recall lawsuit. There are no upfront fees or legal obligations.

You need an experienced law firm with significant resources to take on large corporations that manufacture dangerous products. Phillips Law Group has been fighting for victims of negligence for nearly 30 years and we have obtained over $750 million in compensation. This includes a recovery of $23 million in a defective product case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions victims may have about taking legal action, which is why our licensed attorneys have compiled a list of FAQs below.

If you have questions about filing a claim for sunscreen-related cancer, Phillips Law Group is here to help. Give us a call today to learn more. Our firm is prepared to manage the legal process on your behalf at no upfront cost. By hiring an experienced firm like Phillips Law Group, you can focus on your medical treatment while we manage the complexities of the legal process.

How Could Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

When you apply sunscreen, the body absorbs it and chemicals from these products can enter your bloodstream. If the sunscreen you used contains benzene, you may be at risk for developing cancer, as benzene has been classified as a carcinogen.

While there are no studies specifically about cancer and benzene-containing sunscreens, we have known benzene is dangerous for more than a century.

Why is Benzene Dangerous?

Organizations like the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have all classified benzene as a substance that is highly dangerous to human beings.

The IARC says benzene is carcinogenic to humans – carcinogenic means cancer-causing. The EPA classifies benzene as a human carcinogen and the FDA considers benzene to be a Class 1 solvent that should not be used when manufacturing drugs or drug products.

It is also important to note there is no safe level of exposure to benzene, as opposed to other substances that are dangerous only after high levels of exposure. This was the conclusion of Yale University’s Dr. Christopher Bunick, whose conclusion was cited by Valisure in its report on sunscreen brands tested for benzene. Bunick is an Associate Professor of Dermatology.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that long-term exposure to benzene may increase the risk of developing various forms of cancer, such as:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Symptoms of Leukemia

If you used a sunscreen product that was found to contain benzene, you could suffer a variety of side effects, including:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Headaches

Common symptoms of leukemia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Severe infections
  • Night sweats
  • Bleeding easily
  • Pain or tenderness in your bones
  • Weight loss that was unintended
  • Nosebleeds

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get to a doctor right away so he or she can determine what is going on. If you have leukemia, it is important to catch it as early as possible, because early detection may expand your treatment options and improve your long-term prognosis.

If you have reason to believe your health issues are connected to your use of benzene-containing sunscreen, including one of the products recalled by Johnson & Johnson, call Phillips Law Group today to discuss a potential sunscreen recall lawsuit.

One of our experienced defective product lawyers can determine your eligibility for a lawsuit, based on your diagnosis, history of sunscreen use, and evidence you have collected (used sunscreen bottles, receipts, etc.)

Free consultation. No upfront fees. Call today: 1-800-706-3000.

Which Sunscreen Products Contain Benzene?

Johnson & Johnson recalled the following sunscreen products after research by Valisure found these products contained benzene:

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Body Sunscreen SPF 50
  • Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 70
  • Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Coppertone recalled these 12 lots of spray products in its voluntary recall:

  • CT P&S Baby SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TV0083J)
  • CT P&S Baby SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN0083K)
  • CT P&S Kids SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00854)
  • CT P&S Kids SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00855)
  • CT Sport Min SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN008KU)
  • CT Sport Min SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN008KV)
  • CT P&S SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00BR2)
  • CT P&S Baby SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN009GH)
  • CT P&S Kids SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00857)
  • CT Sport Spray SPF50 1.6oz 24S (Lot number TN00BU3)
  • CT P&S SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00CJ4)
  • CT P&S Kids SPF50 Spray 5oz 12S (Lot number TN00CJV)

Coppertone has notified retailers to arrange for returns of these recalled items. 

Valisure’s research on nearly 300 batches of products found that these popular sunscreen brands have products that contain benzene:

  • Aveeno
  • Coppertone
  • Banana Boat
  • Sun Bum
  • CVS Health
  • Walgreens
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • SunBurnt
  • LaRoche-Posay
  • Goodsense
  • Solimo
  • Equate
  • TopCare
  • Everyday
  • EltaMD
  • Babyganics
  • Max Block
  • Up & Up
  • Raw Elements

Valisure found 14 products from these companies had benzene levels above two parts per million. There were also 26 products that had benzene levels between 0.1 parts per million and two parts per million. It is important to note serious health consequences could result from using sunscreen with benzene levels as low as 0.1 parts per million.

Valisure noted that the sunscreen products that were tested did not list benzene as an active ingredient. That is why Valisure concluded these products must have been contaminated somehow. Johnson & Johnson and Coppertone both said the recalls were being done out of an abundance of caution. Johnson & Johnson also said benzene is not an ingredient in any of their sunscreen products.

Which Sunscreen Products Do Not Contain Benzene?

Valisure’s research found that the following brands have certain sunscreen products that contain no detectable benzene, including:

  • Revlon
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Neutrogena
  • Supergoop!
  • Aveeno
  • Max Block
  • Sun Bum
  • Banana Boat
  • Equate

Review this table from Valisure to determine if you have been using a sunscreen product containing benzene.

Is Oxybenzone Dangerous?

Many sunscreens contain oxybenzone as an active ingredient. While the FDA claims this chemical is safe, concerns have been raised about potential side effects.

For example, The Environmental Working Group says this is the “most worrisome” active ingredient in sunscreen. Research has found oxybenzone may cause skin allergies and disrupt normal hormone functioning. This chemical may be more harmful to children than adults.

The National Toxicology Program studied the effects of oxybenzone on rats and found strong evidence of carcinogenic activity. Starting in 2021, the state of Hawaii has banned sunscreens that contain this chemical over concerns it may damage coral reefs.

What Damages Could I Seek in a Lawsuit?

If our attorneys find you have a valid case, we are prepared to seek maximum compensation for your damages, including the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.

It is important to keep track of bills and receipts for all medical care related to your sunscreen-related health problems. Our experienced attorneys can also explain how you can help strengthen your case by documenting pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.

If you have any questions about the value of your case, Phillips Law Group is here to help. Contact us as soon as possible to set up your free consultation to learn how we may be able to assist you.

We are here to help victims of dangerous products. Ph: 1-800-706-3000

Have Any Lawsuits Been Filed Yet?

There is a class-action lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida alleging Johnson & Johnson violated state and federal laws when it failed to disclose the presence of benzene in sunscreen products.

There is also a lawsuit in the Northern District of California that seeks damages for consumers who purchased products that have been recalled.

There may be many more lawsuits filed in the coming months. It remains to be seen what allegations these lawsuits will make, but they may claim:

  • Selling dangerous products
  • Marketing products as safe even though they were not
  • Knowing these products were defective and cancer-causing
  • Failing to provide proper warnings to consumers about the dangers of using these products

Call to Discuss a Potential Sunscreen Recall Lawsuit

Phillips Law Group is investigating claims against Johnson & Johnson and other sunscreen manufacturers over benzene in their products. It is important for victims to contact an attorney right away to determine possible legal options.

Product manufacturers have a legal obligation to make sure their products are safe, and they must properly warn consumers about the risks of using their products. Failing to uphold these obligations could make them liable for damages suffered by consumers.

Phillips Law Group has the resources, experience and track record to take on powerful companies looking to avoid accountability.

If you or a loved one used a sunscreen product that contains benzene and were diagnosed with cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma, you may have a case.

Phillips Law Group. We are here to help. Call 1-800-706-3000.

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