Purell Battling Class Actions Over Disease Claims While World Scrambles To Increase Hand Sanitizer Supplies
Leading chemical firms, beauty and consumer health companies, even distilleries and medical marijuana cultivators are adapting operations to meet global demand for hand sanitizers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, plaintiff’s attorneys are busy with multiple class actions against Purell manufacturer GOJO Industries for alleged false advertising following a January warning letter to the firm from the US FDA.
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Kline & Company’s worst-case scenario – which it says is looking more and more likely – has the US cosmetics and personal-care market declining by as much as 8.1% in 2020. However, Kline, Mintel and other market intelligence firms say there are opportunities available to companies struggling to weather the COVID-19 storm.
Non-Hygiene Personal Care ‘Essential’ In California … For Now; COVID-19 Event Impacts; Cosmetics News In Brief
Santa Monica, CA-based law firm Conkle, Kremer and Engle warns that while all personal-care product businesses appear to be designated “essential” in the Golden State under its statewide “stay at home” order, officials could decide that the policy does not apply to manufacturers of non-hygiene products. More cosmetics news in brief.