Old Spice, the famous brand from Procter & Gamble known for its skin care products for men, is facing a class action lawsuit from “thousands of unsuspecting consumers” who were affected by the company’s Old Spice deodorant that caused severe rashes and chemical burns to thousands of consumers across the U.S. reports 9 News. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $5 million from Procter & Gamble in damages was filed at the U.S. District Court in Columbus.
The lawsuit alleges that 13 Old Spice branded products from Procter & Gamble are of poor quality. The products that have been named in the lawsuit include Old Spice Lionpride and Arctic Force High Endurance deodorants. These products, the lawsuit claims, have affected “hundreds, if not thousands, of consumers.”
The lawsuit further states;
“In addition to blog complaints, YouTube features numerous videos also documenting armpit irritation, rash(es) and burning caused by Old Spice deodorant. Indeed, the problem is rampant, and rather than acknowledge the serious issue, Defendant is concealing it, in order to continue selling the product and reap windfall profits.”
In response to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble, an individual identified as Damon Jones insists that Old Spice products are safe to use. He acknowledges that “a small number of users” have experienced the burns but goes on to add that these are not “chemical burns” as claimed by the lawsuit. Instead, these are just skin reactions that have been caused due to the user’s allergy. He further adds that such complaints are often experienced with products that contain alcohol and fragrance and that these symptoms are also seen on products from other brands.
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A statement issued by Jones read;
“We go to great lengths to ensure our products are safe to use, and tens of millions of men use this product with confidence and without incident every year. A small number of men may experience irritation due to alcohol sensitivity, a common ingredient across virtually all deodorant products. For men who have experienced a reaction to a deodorant, an antiperspirant may be a better option because they have a different formulation.”
However, the lawsuit maintains that the rashes are caused due to the defective products that were manufactured by Procter & Gamble. It also alleges that several of the affected people did not face similar symptoms when they used competing products made by other manufacturers.
According to the lead plaintiff Rodney Colley, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, he suffered the rashes after using the Old Spice product just a few times. The lawsuit has also included images that show the severeness of the rashes and burns caused by the Old Spice branded products. The lawsuit also cites several online complaints that were posted against Old Spice by consumers in 2015 by several people in the states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Arizona, and Ohio. These complaints talk about Old Spice deodorants causing “burns” and chafing. A complainant in the lawsuit alleges that Procter & Gamble were extremely insensitive towards any complaints and that a representative from the company told them that it was only the second complaint he had received in the three years the individual had worked there.
“I told her that she should then do some research online and see the hundreds, if not thousands, (of) pictures of burns from Old Spice,” the woman wrote.
Another unidentified woman from Philadelphia claims there were complaints about Old Spice dating back to 2009. She is shocked the products are still on sale after that.
“What the heck? They are doing NOTHING … This is blatant disregard for the well-being of their customers,” she wrote in the lawsuit.
Do you use Old Spice products? Have you been affected by any such symptoms in the past?
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