Another class action claims Band-Aid products contain PFAS

Close up of Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid products on a supermarket shelf, representing the Band-Aid class action.
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Band-Aid PFAS class action overview:

  • Who: Three California consumers sued Johnson & Johnson and Kenvue Inc. 
  • Why: The plaintiffs claim the companies knowingly sold Band-Aid products that contain harmful chemicals without informing consumers. 
  • Where: The Band-Aid PFAS class action lawsuit was filed in a California federal court. 

A California trio of consumers slapped Johnson & Johnson with another class action lawsuit alleging the pharmaceutical giant knowingly sold consumers Band-Aid products that contain harmful forever chemicals.

Carl Saputo Jr., Valerie Torres and Joycette Goodwin filed the class action complaint against Johnson & Johnson and Kenvue Inc. June 27 in a California federal court. 

Kenvue is an American consumer health company, formally known as the Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson. In 2023, J&J split off its consumer health care business sector into the newly publicly traded company, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs allege both companies failed to tell consumers their Band-Aid products contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, chemicals that are dangerous to human health.

This is at least the second class action lawsuit to allege Band-Aids contain PFAS in recent months. In April, a consumer hit Johnson & Johnson and Kenvue with another lawsuit in a New Jersey court alleging they manufactured and sold Band-Aid products containing PFAS. 

Plaintiffs seek testing program for PFAS in blood, according to Band-Aid class action

In the most current lawsuit, three California-based plaintiffs allege they bought Band-Aid products in various stores around the state not knowing from the packaging that they contained PFAS. The plaintiffs say they wouldn’t have bought the products had they known about the alleged PFAS. 

After using the products, potentially applying them to open wounds, the plaintiffs say they are concerned about their health. 

“Because PFAS persist and accumulate over time, they are harmful even at very low levels,” the Band-Aid class action states. “Indeed, PFAS have been shown to have a number of toxicological effects in laboratory studies and have been associated with thyroid disorders, immunotoxicity effects and various cancers in epidemiology studies.”

The plaintiffs seek an injunction that would require the defendants to implement and fund a medical monitoring program and blood serum testing program to test for the presence of PFAS in their blood.

They also look to represent anyone who bought Band-Aid products, including Band-Aid Flexible Fabric Bandages, Band-Aid Ourtone Flexible Fabric BR45 Bandages, Band-Aid OURTONE Flexible Fabric BR55 Bandages and Band-Aid Ourtone Flexible Fabric BR65 Bandages, within the United States plus a California subclass.

The plaintiffs sued for violations of California’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law and Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and for unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment and breach of implied and express warranty. They seek certification of the class action, damages, fees, costs and a jury trial.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson agreed to a $700 million settlement with 42 states and the District of Columbia after an investigation accused the company of misleading customers about the safety of talc-based baby powder and products, claiming they can cause cancer. 

What do you think of the claims involving Band-Aids? Let us know in the comments! 

The plaintiffs are represented by Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A. and Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman PLLC.

The Band-Aid PFAS class action lawsuit is Carl Saputo Jr. et al.v. Johnson & Johnson et al., Case No. 3:24-cv-01117-JLS-KSC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 

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