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Deodorant Lawsuit: Cancer Risk Due to Benzene

Deodorant Lawsuit - Riddle & BrantleyFollowing the discovery of cancer-causing benzene in popular spray-on deodorants and body sprays, and the recall of Old Spice and Secret spray-on deodorants and antiperspirants, our firm is actively investigating spray-on deodorant cancer claims and considering filing potential benzene lawsuits. It is important to note that Proctor & Gamble’s deodorant recall was voluntary and the company strongly denies any liability or wrongdoing. We are closely monitoring the situation — please stay tuned to our website as this rapidly developing situation unfolds.

For a complete listing of recalled spray-on Old Spice and Secret deodorants, please visit our deodorant recall information page.

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.

Why Are Deodorant Lawsuits Being Considered?

Lawsuits against the manufacturer of certain Old Spice and Secret spray-on deodorants and anti-perspirants are being considered after an independent lab discovered benzene in these products. Other varieties of spray-on products marketed under the Right Guard, Suave, Tag, and Brut brands have also been targeted by these lawsuits. Benzene is a dangerous chemical that is known to cause cancer in humans. The chemical is strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and researchers have discovered that the amount of cancer-causing benzene in certain deodorants was up to nine times higher than allowed limits.

Benzene is classified as a cancer-causing chemical by many scientific organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the FDA.

According to the American Cancer Society, “benzene is known to cause cancer,” and the link is especially strong between benzene and leukemia and other blood cancers.

“Benzene is known to cause cancer.”

American Cancer Society

What Cancers May Qualify for a Deodorant Lawsuit?

It is still too early to say what potential deodorant cancer lawsuit eligibility may look like, but based on similar cases involving benzene contamination in consumer products, cancers and health problems that may qualify you for a deodorant lawsuit include:

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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Serious Questions May Lead to Deodorant Cancer Lawsuits

Potential Deodorant Lawsuits Against Old Spice and Secret - Riddle & BrantleyWhile Proctor & Gamble denies any liability or wrongdoing associated with the discovery of cancer-causing benzene in certain Old Spice and Secret deodorants, the findings raise serious questions. Our firm is already involved in sunscreen lawsuits concerning similar benzene contamination in Neutrogena, Aveeno and other sunscreens, and we are ready to hold Proctor & Gamble accountable if any potential negligence or wrongdoing is alleged or discovered. It is simply too early to tell if a potential deodorant lawsuit will be necessary, but our experienced product liability attorneys are ready to help however we can.

This situation is rapidly developing. Please stay tuned to our website for the latest information concerning the recall and potential Secret and Old Spice deodorant cancer lawsuits.

What Does the Science Say About Benzene, Cancer, and Other Health Problems?

Benzene has been linked to cancer in various studies, and the research is clear and convincing. Other studies have found a potential connection between benzene exposure and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Studies concerning the link between benzene and cancer have found:

  • Rates of leukemia — especially acute myeloid leukemia (AML) — are higher in workers exposed to high levels of benzene
  • Other leukemias and blood-related cancers are associated with benzene exposure, including childhood leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • “Relatively low-level exposure to benzene … was associated with an increased risk of MDS [myelodysplastic syndrome].

Other evidence underscoring the danger of benzene contamination in deodorants includes:

  • A 2019 study in the International Journal of Cancer that supported “an association between ambient benzene and risk of hematologic malignancies, particularly MDS, T-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma.”
  • A 2010 study in which researchers found “consistent evidence that exposure to benzene at work increases the risk of leukemia.”
  • A long-term study of workers exposed to benzene that determined “the risk for chronic myeloid leukemia was increased in exposed vs. unexposed workers.”
  • A 2014 study that found “long-term exposure to benzene causes several adverse health effects, including an increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia.”
  • A 2021 systematic review that suggested “a causal link between benzene exposure and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.”

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that “there is international consensus that benzene exposure is causally related to AML, and more recent evidence of risk for MDS.”

This evidence and more will be weighed in determining the viability of any potential deodorant lawsuit alleging that Old Spice or Secret spray-on deodorant caused cancer.

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Why Riddle & Brantley for Your Deodorant Lawsuit?

At Riddle & Brantley, we pride ourselves on treating every client like family — and handling every case with the focus and dedication it deserves. Our award-winning deodorant lawsuit attorneys have been recognized by many prestigious organizations and memberships (see disclaimer below), including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

In addition to our client service, we are also proud of the results we’ve secured for our deserving clients. Since 2000 alone, Riddle & Brantley’s experienced trial attorneys have recovered more than $600 million in total compensation for clients in settlements and verdicts (see disclaimer below).

“You’ll walk in the front door as a client but leave as family. They’re the absolute best.”

Susan S., Riddle & Brantley client

We believe Justice Counts and our attorneys fight tirelessly for the rights of our valued clients. Our team includes experienced investigators who can help track down evidence and work with our attorneys to build the strongest case possible.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Consider what past clients have said about our deodorant lawsuit attorneys:

  • “I would recommend them to anyone. They fought hard for me.” Christine W.
  • “They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.” Tonya T.
  • “Every time I’ve needed them, they were there for me.” Tyronnie T.
  • “It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.” R. Colley
  • “They were courteous, knowledgable, and very friendly. I would definitely recommend Riddle & Brantley without hesitation.” Arthur H.

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

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley

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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.

At Riddle & Brantley, our deodorant lawsuit attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do. There are no upfront costs, and there is no obligation, either. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free consultation concerning a potential deodorant cancer lawsuit.

If you’ve suffered from cancer such as leukemia or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or MDS, after using benzene-contaminated deodorant, you deserve justice and may be entitled to compensation. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let’s see how our compassionate trial attorneys can help. Justice Counts and we are ready to do what we can to help you and your loved ones.


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