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FDA Proposes Hair Relaxer Ban Due to Formaldehyde, Uterine Cancer Risk

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  November 20, 2023   |  

Proposed Ban Follows a Wave of Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a decisive step to ensure consumer safety by proposing a ban on formaldehyde in hair relaxers. This comes in the wake of mounting evidence about the health risks associated with this chemical. Commonly found in hair-straightening and smoothing products, formaldehyde has been linked to respiratory issues and various types of cancer, including uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.

Research and Regulatory Response

Recent studies by the National Institute of Health have highlighted a concerning connection between hair relaxers and an increased risk of hormone-related cancers, particularly uterine cancer in women. The FDA’s proposal aims to mitigate these risks by eliminating the use of formaldehyde, a toxic substance, in hair care products. This move is seen as a significant advancement in protecting consumer health and reinforcing safety in the beauty industry.

“We are encouraged by the FDA’s involvement in these cases and are committed to holding hair relaxer manufacturers accountable.”

Gene Riddle, hair relaxer attorney

Legal Action Against Hair Relaxer Manufacturers

Amid these health revelations, there has been a notable increase in hair relaxer lawsuits against manufacturers. Individuals are alleging that prolonged use of these products, containing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, has led to uterine cancer and other serious health complications. These legal battles shed light on the potential dangers hidden in everyday beauty products and the lack of adequate consumer information.

The lawsuits underscore the need for greater transparency in ingredient disclosure and stricter safety regulations in the beauty sector. Consumers are calling for accountability from manufacturers and demanding safer, healthier alternatives in hair care products.

Do You Have a Claim?

If you believe that your health issues, including uterine cancer or ovarian cancer, are related to the use of hair relaxers, Riddle & Brantley is here to support you. We are representing clients in these complex cases and are committed to helping you navigate the legal landscape. For a FREE case review, call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.

You may qualify for a hair relaxer claim or lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must have had exposure to one or more of the following products:
    • Just for Me
    • Soft & Beautiful
    • Motions
    • Dark & Lovely
    • Olive Oil Girls
    • Any lye or no-lye hair relaxers (multiple products)
  • Must have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, claims related to uterine fibroids are being held in inventory and we are not filing lawsuits in these cases. Uterine fibroid claims may ultimately be compensable, but we are currently only filing lawsuits related to hair relaxer cancer claims (uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer) at this time.

Remember, the case review is free and if you decide to hire us, there are no upfront costs. We don’t get paid unless you do. It’s as simple as that.

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