Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients Lead to Multiple Class Action Lawsuits

It’s been a busy year for several sunscreen producers and their attorneys. This is due to 3 separate class action lawsuits currently going on.

Each of the lawsuits involves the labeling of chemical ingredients in some sunscreens. Plaintiffs are claiming that labeling was either misleading or false when it came to those chemicals.

Prescott et al v. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al

Known as the Coppertone Class Action, this lawsuit claims that Coppertone “Mineral-Based” sunscreen product labeling is misleading. Although labeled as mineral-based, these products include surprisingly high levels of active chemical ingredients, too.

Filed in early 2020, this lawsuit is ongoing. The court has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but the settlement is still being finalized.

Serota v. Neutrogena Corporation et al

This class action lawsuit came about quickly. In May of this year, independent testing lab Valisure petitioned the FDA to recall several Neutrogena products they found to contain benzene. This class action lawsuit is in response to that discovery.

Kenney v. Fruit of the Earth, Inc. et al

Much like the Coppertone Class Action, this suit also has to do with active chemical ingredients in sunscreens labeled as mineral-based. In this case, the allegations are against CVS and their “Clear Zinc” sun lotion product line.

These lawsuits show how important it is to carefully read sunscreen labels. You can’t just really on the bold text on the front. Flip the package over and review the actual ingredient list.

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