“At the time, I had about 10 friends and family who were going through hysterectomies and the common denominator was that all of us relaxed our hair,” said one of the plaintiff’s attorneys leading the litigation surge.
January 17, 2024 at 07:29 PM
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What You Need to Know
- Attorneys say to expect many more products liability filings in state court concerning the use of hair relaxers.
- An October 2022 study on reproductive health and product usage established a link between reproductive system cancers and hair relaxers.
- Now, litigators are also pursuing similar claims in state court.
As hair relaxer products liability multidistrict litigation is underway in the Northern District of Illinois, there is a corresponding surge brewing in Georgia’s state courts—particularly in Chatham and DeKalb counties.
The influx of new lawsuits stems from the release of a 2022 study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that found women who used hair relaxers more than four times a year were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer.
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