Jessica Alba’s summer may be coming to an end differently for us all because the Latino movie star faces a series of lawsuits.
Three lawsuits have recently been filed against The Honest Company—a company Alba co-founded with business partner Christopher Gavigan—due to allegations in the lawsuits that the company’s sunscreen product may be defective.
According to news sources, back in March the company allegedly changed their formula which saw to the removal of half of the quantity of zinc oxide, a chemical that provides protection against the sun.
With the removal of some of the sunscreen’s zinc oxide the company continues to label its product SPF 30 which some are claiming resulted in a number of children, as well as adults, getting sun burnt as a result of using the product. According to sources, attached to the filed the filed lawsuit are photographic evidence showing burned.
According to E! News, a customer of The Honest Company by the name Jonathan D. Rubin filed a lawsuit against the company stating that the sunscreen is ineffective and the company is “deceptively and misleadingly labeled and marketed its products” adding that its products are falsely labeled “natural.”
On the company’s website, the sunscreen in question is described as a “naturally derived, unscented, broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) SPF mineral sunscreen.” Along with the description, the company’s website also states that no synthetic chemicals were put in the product and that zinc oxide is the only active ingredient in it.
Within the court documents it states that certain products within The Honest Company’s line contain ingredients that are not natural thus making them “ineffective.”
“Based on Honest’s representations that the Products were natural, [Rubin] and the Class paid a premium for the Products over comparable products that did not purport to be natural,” so states the lawsuit, “Instead of receiving products that were natural, [Rubin] and the Class received the Products, which, contrary to Honest’s representations, contained synthetic ingredients.”
Rubin, along with other civilians who make up the class members of the lawsuit, are seeking a reported $5 million dollars in damages against the company including any interest that may come from all liquidated sums.
Aside from the sunscreen item, the lawsuit also targets four other products on the company’s line: Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap, Honest Diapers, and Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner.
In a statement posted on Business Insider, Alba defended her company calling the recent allegations “baseless and without merit.”
“Our formulations are made with integrity and strict standards of safety, and we label each ingredient that goes into every product—not because we have to, but because it’s the right thing to do,” The actress went on to add that the “ allegations against us are baseless and without merit. We strongly stand behind our products and the responsibility we have to our consumers. We are steadfast in our commitment to transparency and openness.”
Currently, The Honest Company is valued at an estimated at $1.7 billion.
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