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Benzene Lawsuit

Benzene Lawsuit

Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that has been found in sunscreen sprays, antifungal foot sprays, and deodorant sprays. Long-term exposure to benzene is linked to leukemia and other blood related diseases.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting benzene induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was exposed to benzene and developed cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Exposure Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Unilever Recalls Suave 24-Hour Protection Spray for Benzene

In March 2022, Unilever recalled Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant after internal tests found “slightly elevated levels” of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The recall involves:

  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder (4-oz. and 6-oz.) — UPC 079400751508 and 079400784902
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh (6-oz.) — UPC 079400785503

Brut & Sure Antiperspirant Sprays Recalled for Benzene

In February 2022, Brut and Sure antiperspirant sprays were recalled because they contain the benzene.

The recall involves all products with expiration dates through August 2023, including the following products:

  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol (4 oz)
    • (UPC 00827755070085)
  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol (6 oz)
    • (UPC 000827755070108)
  • Brut Classic Deodorant Aerosol (10.0 oz)
    • (UPC 00827755070047)
  • Sure Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol (6.0 oz)
    • (UPC 00883484002025)
  • Sure Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol (6.0 oz)
    • (UPC 00883484002278)

Dry Shampoo & Conditioner Recalled for Benzene

In December 2021, Proctor & Gamble recalled a variety of dry shampoo and conditioner sprays after they tested positive for benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The recalled products were sold under brands like Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Waterless, Old Spice, and Hair Food.

Benzene Found in Odor-Eaters Foot Spray

In November 2021, recalls were issued for 41 lots of Odor-Eaters, including Odor-Eaters Powder Spray and Stink Stoppers anti-fungal foot sprays, after internal tests detected low levels of benzene contamination.

Benzene Found in Dozens of Deodorant Sprays, P&G Recalls Old Spice and Secret

In November 2021, the independent lab Valisure tested 108 batches of deodorant sprays from 30 brands. They detected benzene in 59 batches of deodorant (54%), with the highest levels of benzene in products from Old Spice and Secret. In response, Valisure sent a petition asking the FDA to recall dozens of antiperspirant body sprays.

Soon afterward, Proctor & Gamble recalled all lots of Old Spice and Secret spray deodorant and Old Spice Below Deck spray deodorant with expiration dates through September 2023 due to benzene contamination.

Sunscreen Lawsuits Filed After Tests Find High Levels of Benzene

In May 2021, the independent lab Valisure reported that 78 sunscreen sprays, lotions, gels, and aloe vera products tested positive for benzene. Valisure also demanded recalls for 40 products with the highest levels of benzene.

Over the next few months, a growing number of sunscreens and after-sun products were recalled to benzene contamination, and multiple lawsuits and class actions were filed by angry consumers who were demanding compensation. Click here to read more.

Benzene Lawsuit Filed Against Goodrich Tire

In June 2016, a benzene lawsuit was filed against B.F. Goodrich by 112 residents of Miami, Oklahoma who say the tire company dumped benzene in the groundwater and failed to warn them of the potential health hazards. Click here to read more.

Auto Mechanic Files Benzene Cancer Lawsuit

An auto mechanic with cancer (multiple myeloma) has filed a lawsuit against BP, ExxonMobil, and a dozen other companies that sell gasoline, solvents, paint, and other products. He accuses them of failing to warn about the health hazards of benzene in their products. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois — Case No. 2016-L001056.

Types of Cancer Linked to Benzene

Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia. Benzene is associated with the following types of cancer:

What Products Contain Benzene?

Benzene is commonly found in adhesives, asphalts, calibrating fluid, charcoal lighter fluid, cigarette lighter fluid, contact cements, gasoline, glues, kerosene, hydraulic fluids, inks and ink markers, lacquer thinner, pesticides, processing film, rubber cement, solvents, and vinyl thinner. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, and a component or contaminant in numerous industrial and consumer products. Other commonly used products have been found to contain Benzene such as glues, cleaning products, detergents, art supplies, paint strippers.

Occupational Exposure to Benzene

Workers in industries that use or make Benzene are at a greater risk of developing leukemia or other blood related diseases. The following are at a higher occupational risk of Benzene exposure:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Painters
  • Chemical workers
  • Shoe/leather workers
  • Rubber workers
  • Printers
  • Paper workers
  • Pulp manufacturing workers
  • Adhesive production workers
  • Newspaper press workers

Benzene in the Environment

Benzene can occur naturally in the environment if there are great deals of carbon based materials that have burned but have not burned completely. Naturally occurring benzene is released from soil, water, and incompletely combusted substances into the air where it is broken down quickly by other chemicals. Cigarette smoke, gasoline emissions, automobile exhaust, and automobile service stations also contribute to Benzene released into the environment. Industrial processes can lead to environmental contamination as they carelessly release Benzene into the air and ground water. Experts estimate that there are over 100,000 sites of industrial benzene contamination in the United States alone.

St. Louis Benzene Lawsuits

Lawyers in the city of St. Louis, Missouri have filed lawsuits for many people who were diagnosed with leukemia from benzene exposure. Most of these lawsuits involve emissions from the Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, just a few miles away from St. Louis.

For example, one lawsuit was filed on behalf of Derrick Dean Coffman, a man who died of leukemia after living near Wood River refineries from 1999-2004 — Case No. 12-L-2083.Another lawsuit was filed by Jack Brown, a man with leukemia who lived near the refinery from 1968-1986. He also worked for the Roxana School District as a mechanic and bus driver — Case No. 11-L-1008.

Toxic Chemicals Linked to Decades of Brain Damage

The journal Neurology has published research suggesting that a lifetime of workplace exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals is associated with decades of cognitive impairment, reduced memory, and other problems. Conclusions were based on data from over 2,100 public utility workers in France. The study was published in May 2014 by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Click here to read more.

Do I Have a Benzene Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting benzene induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was exposed to benzene and developed cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Exposure Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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