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Benzene Sunscreen Lawsuit - Riddle & Brantley

Have you been exposed to benzene in sunscreen and diagnosed with cancer? You may be entitled to compensation in a benzene sunscreen lawsuit. Our product liability attorneys are ready to help however we can — call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

AUGUST 2023 UPDATE: Please note that as of August 2023, we can no longer accept cases involving benzene contamination due to developments in the litigation. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as this litigation evolves.

For a FREE consultation concerning a potential benzene lawsuit, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below.

Benzene in sunscreen is a serious health threat and may cause cancer, including various types of leukemia and other cancers.

Call 1-800-525-7111 and let an experienced benzene sunscreen lawyer review your claim for free. Based on available evidence, we are especially focused on Aveeno sunscreen lawsuits and Neutrogena sunscreen lawsuits.

Sunscreen Lawsuits Enter Multi-District Litigation

AUGUST 2023 UPDATE: Please note that as of August 2023, we can no longer accept cases involving benzene contamination due to developments in the litigation. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as this litigation evolves.

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Benzene Discovered in Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Other Sunscreens

In May 2021, an independent lab detected high levels of benzene in several different brands of sunscreen and after-sun care products. Benzene is a toxic chemical and a known carcinogen — meaning that benzene can cause cancer in humans.

Benzene was found in 27 percent of samples tested by researchers, including many well-known sunscreen brands, including Neutrogena, Aveeno, CVS Health, Banana Boat, and Walgreens.

Certain batches of sunscreen studied contained up to three times more benzene than the FDA’s concentration limit of 2 parts per million (ppm).

According to Valisure (the independent lab testing sunscreen products):

“The presence of this known human carcinogen [benzene] in products … regularly used by adults and children is very troubling.”

Cancer-causing benzene has been found in popular sunscreen brands including Banana Boat, Neutrogena and CVS Health.

In a statement, the lab also urged public health authorities to further regulate the use of benzene in sunscreen and after-sun care products.

“Being that many of the tested sunscreen and after-sun care products did not contain detectable levels of benzene, it does not appear that benzene use is unavoidable for their manufacture … therefore, any significant detection of benzene should be deemed unacceptable.”

What Sunscreens Contain Benzene?

Sunscreen and after-sun care brands containing benzene include:

  • Aveeno
  • Babyganics
  • Banana Boat
  • CVS Health
  • EltaMD
  • Equate
  • Ethical Zinc
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • LaRoche-Posay
  • Live Better by CVS Health
  • Max Block
  • Neutrogena
  • Raw Elements
  • Sun Bum
  • TopCare Everyday
  • Walgreen’s

The lab, Valisure, has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates sunscreen products, to issue a sunscreen recall due to the elevated levels of benzene detected.

BENZENE SUNSCREEN RECALL: In July 2021, Johnson & Johnson issued a sunscreen recall related to benzene contamination, which may increase the risk of certain cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Benzene Cancer Risk

Benzene is a known carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer in humans. According to a 2010 review of benzene research:

“There is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene, and all exposures constitute some risk.”

Further troubling is FDA research, which has found that chemicals in sunscreen products (which may include benzene) are “found in the blood at high levels after application to the skin,” according to Valisure’s report.

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What is Benzene?

Benzene is a naturally forming chemical often used as a starting material in manmade substances, including plastics, lubricants, dyes, detergents, rubbers, pesticides, and dyes. In fact, benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

Benzene is colorless and flammable, and has a distinctly sweet odor. There is nothing “sweet” about benzene, however — the chemical is known to cause cancer.

Organizations classifying benzene as a cancer-causing chemical include:

"There is not a safe level of benzene that can exist in sunscreen products." Dr. Christopher Bunick

Benzene is known to cause cancer — and our experienced Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen lawsuit attorneys are actively investigating these cases to hold potentially negligent manufacturers accountable. 

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with a benzene sunscreen lawsuit lawyer, please call -1800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.

AUGUST 2023 UPDATE: Please note that as of August 2023, we can no longer accept cases involving benzene contamination due to developments in the litigation. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as this litigation evolves.

Benzene Exposure

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), exposure to benzene can occur through:

  • Inhalation
  • Absorption through the skin
  • Ingestion
  • Skin and/or eye contact

In addition to causing cancer, exposure to benzene can also result in the following short and long-term symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach irritation
  • Convulsions
  • Rapid heart rate

If benzene is ingested at high levels, it can be deadly.

“What Kind of Cancer Does Benzene Cause?”

Human studies and animal lab testing has confirmed that benzene causes cancer, and according to the American Cancer Society, the link between benzene and leukemia and other blood cancers is especially strong.

According to the ACS, “Rates of leukemia, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML), have been found to be higher in studies of workers exposed to high levels of benzene, such as those in the chemical, shoemaking, and oil refining industries.”

Benzene in sunscreen may also increase the risk of cancer, including leukemia and other blood cancers.

Research has found a possible link between benzene and various types of cancer, including:

  • Leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

According to Dr. Christopher Bunick, associate professor of dermatology at Yale University, “There is not a safe level of benzene that can exist in sunscreen products.”

Benzene Sunscreen Lawsuit Eligibility

AUGUST 2023 UPDATE: Please note that as of August 2023, we can no longer accept cases involving benzene contamination due to developments in the litigation. Please stay tuned to our website for more information as this litigation evolves.

Our attorneys are actively investigating claims that benzene in sunscreen causes cancer, especially leukemia and other blood cancers. Given the evidence, we are especially focused on cancer (primarily leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and multiple myeloma) potentially linked to Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens.

In order to qualify for a benzene sunscreen lawsuit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have used a qualifying sunscreen or after-sun care product, including:
    • Aveeno Protect & Refresh Spray
    • Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 100+
    • Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 70
    • Sun Bum Cool Down Gel
    • Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Spray, SPF 100
    • CVS Health After-Sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
    • Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray, SPF 50
    • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 60+
    • Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
  • Must have used the qualifying sunscreen or after-sun care product regularly (at least a full year, 3-4 times per week)
  • Must have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
    • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
    • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
    • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
    • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
    • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
    • Multiple Myeloma
    • Aplastic Anemia

If you’ve been exposed to benzene in sunscreen (particularly Aveeno or Neutrogena brands) and have been diagnosed with cancer such as leukemia, you may qualify for a benzene sunscreen lawsuit — call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation. 

There are no attorney fees unless we win your benzene sunscreen lawsuit and you receive financial compensation.

There is no obligation, there are no upfront costs, and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your benzene cancer claim. You may qualify for a benzene sunscreen lawsuit and be entitled to compensation.

Why Riddle & Brantley for Your Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit?

Since 1985, our experienced product liability attorneys have been holding negligent manufacturers accountable for dangerous products. We are determined to do the same in benzene sunscreen cancer lawsuits if it can be proven that certain manufacturers failed to warn consumers about benzene in sunscreen.

Since 2000 alone, our experienced sunscreen cancer lawyers have recovered more than $600 million in total compensation for victims of negligence, and we would love to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve (see disclaimer below).

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

-Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

IMPORTANT: Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreen lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of Florida. This is good news for plaintiffs as the move will help streamline the legal process, including discovery and the eventual scheduling of "bellwether" trials to weigh evidence and potentially influence possible settlements. Potential defendants, including Johnson & Johnson, strongly deny any alleged negligence and/or wrongdoing. However, we are actively investigating these claims and are ready to represent potential victims. 

Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

Led by award-winning trial attorney Gene Riddle, our benzene sunscreen lawsuit lawyers have been honored with multiple prestigious memberships and awards (see disclaimer below), including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Litigator Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell

We strive to treat every client like family, and we will fight tirelessly for your right to justice if you decide to hire us for your potential benzene cancer lawsuit.

Those who have suffered from cancer potentially due to benzene in Aveeno, Neutrogena, and other sunscreens deserve justice, and we would love to help you if we can.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced benzene sunscreen lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111 today.

The consultation is free, and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover financial compensation for you in your benzene sunscreen lawsuit, you won’t pay a dime in attorney fees. That’s our promise to you.

Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your benzene sunscreen cancer claim.

Justice Counts.


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