New Lawsuits Claim Your Favorite Products May Not Be So Healthy
We have a few new lawsuits to kick off the new year, and our first two stories center on a pair of popular beauty brands – Neutrogena and bareMinerals, respectively – and whether they’re using potentially harmful ingredients in their products. But this week’s issue isn’t only about makeup and skincare. JetBlue is also facing new litigation over its alleged failure to refund TSA fees for canceled trips, and the company behind V8 Juice Blends is being sued for marketing its juices as healthy when they in fact contain a significant amount of sugar. More information on these cases, as well as the latest class action settlements, can be found just below.
Makeup brand bareMinerals advertises its products as “clean,” “natural” and free from harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives – but a recently filed lawsuit is saying that this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the case, bareMinerals has “fraudulently conceal[ed]” that some of its makeup contains PFAS chemicals, the presence of which is “entirely inconsistent” with the brand’s “clean beauty” campaign. If you’ve been around our site much recently, you’ve likely heard about PFAS – also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or “forever chemicals” – and the associated negative effects for humans and the environment. The suit asserts that customers wouldn’t have bought the makeup – or, at least wouldn’t have paid as much for it – had they known it contained PFAS. You can read up on the case and view a list of the affected products right here.
Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Firming Cream with Broad Spectrum (SPF 15) may not be as “healthy” as the company claims, a recently filed lawsuit says. According to the case, the skin cream is contaminated with benzophenone, a known carcinogen and endocrine disruptor. The suit says the reason benzophenone can be found in the skin-firming cream is because it contains octocrylene, a chemical that can degrade over time and cause benzophenone to accumulate. The lawsuit states that animal testing has shown that benzophenone is associated with higher rates of cancer, including leukemia, and that consumers wouldn’t have bought the skin-firming cream had they known about the chemical’s presence. The case looks to represent anyone in the U.S. who has purchased Neutrogena Healthy Skin Firming Cream for personal use. So, if you want more information, you can read up on all the details here.
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This settlement covers those who paid an unreimbursed ATM access fee directly to JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America or any bank that is a member of the Visa or MasterCard networks for an out-of-network ATM transaction between October 1, 2007 and November 12, 2021.
Government regulations require that certain taxes and fees be refunded when a passenger cancels their flight – and this includes the September 11th security fee that’s issued alongside all domestic ticket purchases. JetBlue, however, has allegedly failed to provide refunds for this fee when customers decide not to go forward with their travel plans. According to a recently filed lawsuit, JetBlue represents that taxes and fees are nonrefundable and unable to be separated from the airline fare – but contrary to JetBlue’s statement, the TSA fee is indeed refundable, and the company itself has promised to provide any refund that’s required by law. The lawsuit looks to represent anyone who booked travel with JetBlue, paid a TSA fee and canceled their flight within the past six years. Want more? You can read up on the allegations over on this page.
V8 fruit and vegetable juice blends are marketed as being a healthy addition to a balanced diet and able to “boost your morning nutrition.” A recently filed lawsuit is alleging, however, that the products contain far too much sugar for this to be the case. According to the filing, a standard 8 fl. oz. serving of the V8 juice blends at issue contains between 10 and 28 grams of sugar, contributing to between 67 and 93 percent of the product’s calories. The suit says that the consumption of juice and other beverages with added sugars can lead to cardiovascular conditions and that the company behind V8, Campbell Soup Company, failed to disclose these dangers. Overall, the “healthy” representations on the beverages are misleading and designed to increase profits by appealing to health-conscious consumers, the suit claims. For more, you can read up on the case here.
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