CHICAGO (CN) – Major manufacturers represent their children’s bath products as safe, but they contain carcinogens and allergens, including formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, a class action claims in Federal Court. The defendants are Johnson & Johnson, Gerber, Proctor & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Expanscience Laboratories dba Mustela, and Limited Brands.
According to the complaint: “Defendants manufactured, researched, marketed, promoted, advertised, sold, distributed, and/or placed into the stream of commerce various children’s bath products. These bath products were marketed and advertised throughout the nation as being safe for children and were sold in toy stores, department stores and specialty shops. However, certain of the children’s bath products were contaminated with formaldehyde and/or 1,4-dioxane – chemicals linked to cancer and skin allergies. These products include: American Girl Hopes and Dreams Shimmer Body Lotion, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, American Girl Hopes and Dreams Glistening Shower and Bath Wash, American Girl Real Beauty Inside and Out Shower Gel-Apple Blossom, American Girl Real Beauty Inside and Out Shower Gel – Sunny Orange, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash, Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wash, Johnson’s Moisture Care Baby Wash, Johnson’s Oatmeal Baby Wash, Mustela Baby Shampoo, Mustela Dermo-Cleansing Gel for Hair and Body Newborn/Baby, Mustela Multi-sensory Bubble Bath, Huggies Soft Skin – Shea Butter, Pampers Kandoo Foaming Handsoap – Magic Melon (hereinafter, these products are collectively defined as ‘children’s bath products’). Thus, the children’s bath products are anything but the safe and gentle products that Defendants claimed they were.”
The putative class demands punitive damages, costs and medical monitoring. It is represented by Elizabeth Fegan with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.