- Who: An organic tampon consumer sued Edgewell Personal Care Co., the maker of o.b. Organic tampons.
- Why: The plaintiff says the tampons contain “forever chemicals.”
- Where: The o.b. Organic tampon’s lawsuit was filed in a California federal court.
Edgewell Personal Care Co. makes o.b. Organic tampons and advertises them as being a healthy product when they allegedly contain potentially harmful “forever chemicals,” a new class action lawsuit states.
Plaintiff Brigette Lowe filed the class action lawsuit against Edgewell Personal Care Co. on Feb. 24 in a California federal court, alleging violations of state and federal consumer laws.
According to the o.b. Organic tampon’s lawsuit, Edgewell leads consumers to believe the o.b. Organic tampons are a healthy product for absorbing menstrual fluid and do not contain any chemicals potentially harmful to women’s health.
However, Lowe alleges her independent testing shows the tampons contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a category of human-made chemicals with a “toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative nature which are associated with numerous health concerns.”
“Reasonable consumers, therefore, fairly and reasonably understand that a product marketed with the Organic Representations would not contain chemicals known to be harmful to humans or the environment,” the lawsuit states.
EDGEWELL PERSISTENTLY ADVERTISES O.B. ORGANIC TAMPONS AS HEALTHY, LAWSUIT STATES.
Edgewell intentionally designed the front and back package label representations on the tampon products to lead consumers to believe they don’t contain anything that could be potentially harmful.
“Beginning with the name ‘o.b. organicTM,’ along with the ‘100% Organic Cotton’ representation … in addition to representations that the Tampon Products are ‘Free from Chlorine’ and contain no Fragrances or Dyes,’” the o.b. Organic tampon’s lawsuit states.
Lowe seeks to represent anyone who bought the tampons in the United States plus a multistate consumer protection class from California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey and a California class.
She sued for violations of state consumer laws and unjust enrichment and seeks certification of the class action, damages, fees, costs and a jury trial.
Meanwhile, This is L. Inc., a Procter & Gamble unit, was hit with a class action lawsuit in September alleging it falsely advertises its tampons as “100% organic” when they actually contain non-organic ingredients.
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The plaintiff is represented by Pearson Warshaw LLP and Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman LLP.
The o.b. Organic tampons lawsuit is Brigette Lowe, et al. v. Edgewell Personal Care Co., Case No. 3:23-cv-00834-LB, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Edwards, Jessy. 2023. “Class Action Alleges O.b. Organic Tampons Contain Harmful Forever Chemicals.” Top Class Actions. March 2023. https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/medical-devices/womens-health-medical-devices/class-action-alleges-o-b-organic-tampons-contain-harmful-forever-chemicals/.