Victoria's Secret Bra Rashes Prompt More LawsuitsNov 21, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Victoria's Secret is facing more lawsuits over bras that wearers claim caused horrific skin reactions. Two more class action lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Florida and New York, are seeking reimbursement for medical bills and return of the purchase price for consumers who bought and wore defective bras from Victoria's Secret.
Last week, it was reported that Victoria's Secret had received hundreds of complaints from women who said the company's bras had caused serious skin problems, including allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, blistering, itching, hives, rashes and scarring. According to those reports, some Victoria's Secret bras had tested positive for the presence of formaldehyde, which is sometimes used in the textile industry to make fabrics crease resistant.
Clothing allergies are not unusual, and formaldehyde in fabric is often a culprit. The symptoms of formaldehyde skin reactions include eczema-like skin eruptions, blisters and hives. When serious, these reactions can lead to permanent and disfiguring scarring.
The latest Victoria's Secret bras lawsuits were both filed by Parker Waichman LLP, a personal injury law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida. The first lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida Palm Beach Division. The New York Victoria's Secret lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Both lawsuits were brought on behalf of women who claim they purchased and wore undergarments or intimate apparel from Victoria's Secret. As a result, the women suffered skin reactions, hives, scarring and other problems. Both lawsuits allege that Victoria's Secret misrepresented the safety of the apparel it sold. They also charge that Victoria's Secret Stores knew or should have known the undergarments/intimate apparel were defective, and failed to warn of the dangers posed by the products.
Parker Waichman is seeking class action status for both lawsuits to represent all consumers in the U.S., New York and Florida who purchased defective undergarments and intimate apparel from Victoria's Secret. In statements announcing the suits, Parker Waichman said it had been contacted by hundreds of women who have suffered skin reactions after wearing Victoria's Secret garments.
Victoria's Secret has admitted to receiving complaints from women who suffered skin reactions after wearing the company's bras, but maintains that it does not use formaldehyde in the manufacture of its clothing.