Hair Relaxers Connected with Uterine Cancer

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Filing Chemical Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

Hair Relaxer Lawsuits are being actively filed on behalf of women who developed endocrine-related cancer after having used chemical hair relaxers. If you’ve been affected and would like to speak with a hair relaxer lawyer in Arkansas, contact Taylor King for a free consultation.

The attorneys at Taylor King Law are committed to being on your side throughout the legal process. We’ll answer your questions, explain your options, and help you determine whether filing a hair relaxer lawsuit is right for you.

According to a study by the National Institute of Health, women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine cancer. The study, released in October of 2022, sought to identify risk factors associated with breast cancer and other health conditions.

The lawsuits allege that companies were aware of the dangerous chemicals but continued to market and sell their products anyway. To learn more about filing a lawsuit, call Taylor King Law at 870.246.0505. An initial consultation is both free and confidential.

Are Chemical Hair Straighteners Dangerous?

Women who report frequent use of hair relaxer products are nearly three times as likely to develop uterine cancer. The lead author of the NIH study reported, “We estimated that 1.64% of women who never used hair straighteners would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk goes up to 4.05%.”

Chemical hair relaxers have been on the market since the 1970s. In the 1990s, manufacturers began aiming their hair straightening products toward young black women. Researchers note that because black women use hair relaxers more frequently and were more likely to use the products at a younger age, the results of the study may be more relevant to them.

The hair relaxer products were found to contain harmful chemicals including phthalates, formaldehyde, and parabens.

DEHP in Hair Relaxers

The phthalate, Di(2-ethylhexyl), otherwise known as DEHP, was found in the products and is a manufactured chemical added to plastics to make them more flexible. DEHP is a known carcinogen and is linked to various cancers. Additionally, DEHP has been linked to infertility, developmental abnormalities, kidney complications, and endometriosis.

Who Can File a Chemical Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

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If you used chemical hair straightening products or hair relaxers and were later diagnosed with uterine or endometrial cancer, in addition to uterine fibroids, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Qualifying diagnoses include but are not limited to:

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer

Additional factors to consider include the brand of product, how long you continuously used hair relaxers, as well as when you were diagnosed.

Which Hair Relaxer Products Are Linked to Cancer?

Named defendants thus far include the US subsidiary of L’Oréal SA and subsidiaries of India-based companies Godrej SON Holdings Inc and Dabur International Ltd.

Hair straightening brands and products that may be linked include but are not limited to:

  • Dark & Lovely
  • L’Oreal
  • Ultra Sheet
  • ORS Olive Oil
  • Revlon
  • Soft & Beautiful Botanicals by L’Oreal
  • Just for Me by Shoft Sheen
  • Easy Waves
  • Strength of Nature
  • Next Generation PRO 5
  • Positively Smooth Relaxer System by African Pride
  • Motions
  • Ultra Glaze
  • Cantu Shea Butter Relaxer *(please see below for details regarding this product)

New Article by Reuters Regarding Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

A new article released by Reuters on November 4, 2023, addresses lawsuits alleging the link between hair relaxers and cancer. The article highlights several individual stories of black women who used hair relaxers and were later diagnosed with cancer. It further explains the lawsuit’s allegations as well as the potential pitfalls the lawsuit could face.

In the article by Reuters, the study conducted by the National Institutes for Health is summarized:

“The NIH study of more than 33,000 women found that those who reported using hair straightening products more than four times in the previous year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as those who did not. A total of 378 women in the study developed uterine cancer. Black women used the products more frequently than others, the study found.”

A spokesperson for Revlon responded to the lawsuit in the article, saying:

“We do not believe the science supports a link between chemical hair straighteners or relaxers and cancer.”

Challenges to the hair relaxer’s lawsuit success are outlined, including the need for women to prove they used the hair relaxer products. The most important challenge is for your attorney to prove that the company was aware of the danger and negligently continued marketing and selling the product.

To read the article in full, click HERE.

Chemical Hair Relaxer Lawyers

We’ve been representing personal injury victims for over 25 years. We have the experience to ensure you’re fairly represented. And because we have seven offices throughout Arkansas and into Texas, we’re a local team you can trust to be on your side – by your side.

Our team will ask questions and help you determine whether to pursue litigation or not. Questions we’ll discuss include:

  • What brand of chemical hair relaxer did you use?
  • How long did you use a chemical hair relaxer?
  • What is your diagnosis?
  • When you were diagnosed?

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How to File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

More than 7000 product liability lawsuits have been filed by numerous plaintiff’s attorneys.

Subsequently, a motion was filed to consolidate product liability lawsuits against manufacturers into an MDL class action. An MDL, Multidistrict Litigation, combines related cases into a single court to be seen before one judge.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) approved MDL consolidation for all chemical hair relaxer lawsuits.

MDL Class Action Against Hair Relaxer Companies

In a Multidistrict Litigation class action, case discoveries and pretrial proceedings are shared but each case remains separate. The advantage of an MDL is a more streamlined process and a consistent ruling. Litigation costs are lower for plaintiffs in an MDL, and you can expect a fairer outcome.

The hair relaxer MDL class action lawsuit has been assigned to the Chicago federal court.

*The Cantu Hair Relaxer Product was discontinued prior to 2015. In 2015, Parfums De Coeur, LTD (PDC) acquired Cantu brand products. Therefore, Cantu Hair Relaxer Products were discontinued prior to the purchase of assets by PDC and PDC was voluntarily dismissed as a defendant from the product liability lawsuits. PDC never marketed or sold a hair relaxer product. Advanced Beauty Inc., marketed, distributed, and sold Cantu Hair Relaxer Products prior to it being discontinued.

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