In this week’s issue, our first two stories focus on a recently filed case – and a recent settlement – involving two popular beauty brands. The ongoing case takes issue with certain makeup products from Morphe and claims they contain additives that are harmful when used around the eyes. The recent settlement stems from a case filed against Rodan + Fields, which you’ll want to check out if you bought the company’s Lash Boost conditioning serum. From there, we have a lawsuit alleging that Fashion Nova intentionally suppressed negative online reviews and another over the alleged use of harmful PFAS chemicals in a case naming outdoor apparel retailer REI as a defendant. Keep reading for these stories, plus the latest in class action settlements.
A handful of Morphe cosmetic products have been named in a proposed class action that claims the company failed to warn consumers that the makeup contains ingredients that aren’t safe for use near the eyes. According to the lawsuit, the products in question contain “inherently dangerous” color additives that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed “unsuitable and unapproved” for cosmetics used around the eyes. The case goes on to claim that the application of the cosmetics to the eye area has been linked to severe eye irritation, skin discoloration and staining, rashes, allergic reactions, and other painful conditions that can reportedly last days. There’s a long list of potentially affected products – and you can find the full list, as well as all the case details, over on this page.
If you bought Rodan + Fields’ Lash Boost between October 1, 2016 and March 11, 2022, you may be able to claim a piece of a recent $38 million settlement. The deal looks to resolve allegations that Rodan + Fields failed to disclose certain information about its Lash Boost product, including the potential side effects and risks of the ingredient isopropyl cloprostenate. If the deal is ultimately approved by the court, Rodan + Fields customers who submit valid, timely claims will be able to receive either a credit voucher toward the purchase of any R+F product or a cash payment. There is a deadline, so be sure to get your claims in by September 7. Head over to this page for the details, as well as a link to the official settlement site.
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This settlement covers consumers who purchased Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, Palmer’s Massage Cream for Stretch Marks, or Palmer’s Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks between December 31, 2016 and March 15, 2022.
Good online reviews can make a huge difference for a company, but some businesses take so much stock in these reviews that they may consider suppressing the negative ones. Take a recently filed lawsuit against Fashion Nova, for instance. The case alleges the online retailer has intentionally suppressed hundreds of thousands of one-, two-, and three-star customer reviews from its website in order to artificially inflate the value of its products. The plaintiff in the case contends that neither she nor other consumers would have bought a number of Fashion Nova products, or would have paid as much as they did, had they known of the items’ actual customer ratings. The lawsuit specifically points to allegations made by the Federal Trade Commission that Fashion Nova installed a review management interface that allowed the retailer to have certain reviews posted automatically based on their star rating and hold back lower-starred reviews for approval prior to posting. Want more? You can find our breakdown of the case here.
We’ll round out this issue with a lawsuit that adds more products to the growing list of those allegedly found to contain harmful “forever chemicals.” Outdoor apparel retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has been hit with a suit that alleges some of the company’s waterproof clothing contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Named in the suit are the Women’s REI Co-Op Drypoint GTX Jacket, the Men’s REI Co-Op Westwinds GTX Jacket, the Kids’ REI Rainwall Jacket, and the Men’s REI Co-Op Savanna Trails Pants – though the case notes that other apparel could be added to this list. The lawsuit contends that because several of the products rest directly against the skin – and near the nose, mouth and eyes when their hoods are worn – consumers “are at a heightened risk of exposure to PFAS through ingestion.” Want more? You can read up on the allegations being made right here.
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