Unilever Hit With Class Action Over Mercury-Laced Cream Originating In Mexico
According to the plaintiff, Unilever’s Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream is defective insofar as tested product has been found to contain unlabeled mercury, constituting negligence that has resulted in user injuries. The plaintiff seeks certification of a transnational class and compensatory and punitive damages, among other relief.
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Class Action Watch: Plaintiffs Target L’Oreal’s Pump-Dispensed Liquid Cosmetics, GNC’s Vitamin E Oil
According to a class action complaint filed in California’s Northern District, L’Oreal shortchanges consumers by packaging liquid makeup offerings so that users cannot access significant amounts of product. Meanwhile, the authenticity of GNC’s Vitamin E Skin Oil is being challenged in another California federal court, and Unilever ducks a class action in Texas concerning mercury in Pond’s Rejuveness.
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