Cosmetics Firms Could Face ‘Wave’ Of Product Liability Suits – Attorney
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Product liability suits targeting personal-care companies may be “right on the cusp of hitting,” law firm Crowell & Moring predicts in its Litigation Forecast 2017 report. Companies including Johnson & Johnson and Unilever already have been swept up in what could be a growing wave of actions citing ingredient dangers.
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Rose Sheet's coverage of consumer litigation targeting personal-care companies for deceptive claims, among other alleged violations, yielded some of its most-read stories in 2017, based on online analytics. Trends are likely to carry over and, in some cases, pick up steam in 2018.
Companies marketing “self-preserving” cosmetics could be susceptible to lawsuits at a time when “no injury” product liability class actions are on the rise. Meanwhile, “preservative-free” claims already are being challenged in the food sector where litigation trends often originate before migrating to personal care.