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On July 27, 2021, Siskinds Desmeules, the Quebec firm affiliated with Siskinds LLP, filed an application for authorization to bring a class action against Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Inc., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Neutrogena Corporation (“Defendants”). This action was filed on behalf of residents of Quebec who have purchased and/or used certain aerosol sunscreens marketed under the Neutrogena® brand (collectively, the “Affected Products”), namely:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Kids Spray Sunscreen, SPF 60, DIN* 02420953;
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, SPF 30, DIN 02486474 and 02301563;
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, SPF 45, DIN 02487942 and 02301571;
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, SPF 60, DIN 02502526 and 02334542
    * Drug identification number

The proposed class action is the result of a report from a US quality assurance company published on May 24, 2021 that identified the discovery of benzene in various sunscreen products and a voluntary recall issued by the Defendants regarding the Affected Products that was published on their websites on July 14, 2021. A recall was also issued on the Health Canada website on July 14 and 17, 2021.

If you or someone you know bought and/or used one of the Affected Products, email us today.

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Sunscreen Recall Lawsuit – Class Action Background Information

Benzene is an organic compound known to be carcinogenic. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., absorption through the skin or inhalation) to high concentrations of benzene is potentially for dangerous your health.

The immediate signs of exposure to a high concentration of benzene are:

  • skin irritation;
  • drowsiness;
  • dizziness;
  • tremors;
  • nausea;
  • fast or irregular heartbeat; and
  • headaches.

Although no level of exposure to benzene is safe, long-term (for a year and more) and repeated exposure can have serious health consequences, including:

  • various form of cancer such as leukemia;
  • anemia (low level of red blood cells); and
  • bone-marrow deficiency.

Our Lawyers are here to help

If you or someone you know has purchased and/or used one of the Affected Products, Siskinds Desmeules may be able to help.

Contact us for more information, for updates and/or to receive a free consultation on this class action, by filling out the form below.

Developments

A class action was filed by Siskinds Desmeules on July 27, 2021. It was filed on behalf of all residents of Quebec. You can view a copy of the application for authorization to institute a class action here (French only).

The sunscreen class action is in its early stages. The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing. At the certification hearing, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Sunscreen class action?

All person who purchased and/or used one of the Neutrogena® products listed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep receipts for the purchase of all affected Products;
  2. Keep proof of medical treatments and/or expenses;
  3. Register to receive updates about the class action by clicking the ‘Join’ button above and completing the form.

All personal information provided will remain private and confidential.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

You may also contact our Quebec firm, Siskinds, Desmeules, by phone at 418-694-2009 or at the toll-free number 1-877-735-3842 or by email at [email protected].

A class action was filed by Siskinds Desmeules on July 27, 2021. It was filed on behalf of all residents of Quebec. You can view a copy of the application for authorization to institute a class action here (French only).

The sunscreen class action is in its early stages. The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing. At the certification hearing, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Sunscreen class action?

All person who purchased and/or used one of the Neutrogena® products listed.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep receipts for the purchase of all affected Products;
  2. Keep proof of medical treatments and/or expenses;
  3. Register to receive updates about the class action by clicking the ‘Join’ button above and completing the form.

All personal information provided will remain private and confidential.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the contact form below.

You may also contact our Quebec firm, Siskinds, Desmeules, by phone at 418-694-2009 or at the toll-free number 1-877-735-3842 or by email at [email protected].