On September 21, 2021, Marcy Lokietz (“Plaintiff”), on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, represented by Gary S. Graifman of Kantrowitz of Goldhamer & Graifman, PC, filed a personal property fraud lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and Neutrogena Corporation (collectively, “J&J” or “Defendants”), seeking injunctive reliefs and damages along with prejudgement interest, as well as other reliefs, for the alleged fraudulent concealment of the amount of Benzene in the product manufactured and sold by the Defendants. This case was filed in U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey with Judge Freda L. Wolfson and Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni presiding.
In the complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that, “Defendants manufacture, sell, market, and distribute several over-the-counter Sunscreen Products under the brand name "Neutrogena." Several of Defendants' Neutrogena sunscreen products (identified above) have been independently tested and shown to be adulterated with Benzene, a known human carcinogen. The presence of Benzene in Defendants' Neutrogena Sunscreen Products was not disclosed in the products' label, in violation of state and federal law.”
The Plaintiff further alleged that, “Valisure tested numerous lots of Defendants' spray and lotion Sunscreen Products. Through its testing, Valisure discovered that certain of the Sunscreen Products contain Benzene, with values ranging from less than 0.1 parts per million ("ppm"), 0.10 ppm to 2 ppm, and more than 2 ppm. For reference, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ("NIOSH") recommends protective equipment be worn by workers expecting to be exposed to Benzene at concentrations of 0.1 ppm and defines "skin absorption" as an exposure route.”
The Plaintiff also alleged that, “Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure” and “Defendants failed to properly warn consumers of the risks and dangers attendant to the use of Benzene in their sunscreen products – even well after Defendants knew or should have known of the Products’ hazards. Defendants continued to conceal the dangers of the Products until they issued a full recall of the Products.” The Plaintiff also alleged that, “Defendants knew, but failed to disclose to Plaintiff and the Class the danger of the Products.”
There are four claims of relief laid down by the Plaintiff, on behalf of herself and the class. The first claim alleged is for fraudulent concealment. The second claim is for the alleged violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”) Fla. Stat. §§ 501.201 et seq. The third claim is for the alleged violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”) N.J.S.A. § 56:8-1, et seq. The fourth claim is for alleged unjust enrichment.
In its prayer for relief, the Plaintiff requested the Court for an order certifying this action as a Class Action and naming the Plaintiff as the representative of the Class. The Plaintiff further requested the Court for declaratory and injunctive reliefs along with compensatory, statutory and punitive damages; an order of restitution; all other forms of equitable monetary relief; and reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses and costs of suit.
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Freda L. Wolfson
Tonianne J. Bongiovanni
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, INC.
GARY S. GRAIFMAN
Attorney at KANTROWITZ, GOLDHAMER & GRAIFMAN, PC
135 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 200
Montvale, NJ 07645
(#2) SUMMONS ISSUED as to JOHNSON & JOHNSON, JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, INC., NEUTROGENA CORPORATION. Attached is the official court Summons, please fill out Defendant and Plaintiffs attorney information and serve. (mg, ) (Entered: 09/22/2021)
Civil Cover Sheet
Docket(#2) SUMMONS ISSUED as to JOHNSON & JOHNSON, JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, INC., NEUTROGENA CORPORATION. Attached is the official court Summons, please fill out Defendant and Plaintiffs attorney information and serve. (mg, ) (Entered: 09/22/2021)Read MoreRead Less
DocketChief Judge Freda L. Wolfson and Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni added. (mg, ) (Entered: 09/22/2021)Read MoreRead Less
DocketCLERK'S QUALITY CONTROL MESSAGE - The case you electronically filed has been processed, however, the following deficiencies were found: In the future when choosing parties please choose each party individually. Do NOT select the ALL PLAINTIFFS or ALL DEFENDANTS button . The Clerk's Office has made the appropriate changes. Please refer to the Attorney Case Opening Guide for processing electronically filed cases. (jjc, ) (Entered: 09/22/2021)Read MoreRead Less
Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against JOHNSON & JOHNSON, JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, INC., NEUTROGENA CORPORATION. ( Filing and Admin fee $ 402 receipt number ANJDC-12821046) with JURY DEMAND, filed by MARY LOKIETZ. (Attachments: #1 Summons, #2 Civil Cover Sheet)(GRAIFMAN, GARY) Modified on 9/22/2021 (mg). (Entered: 09/21/2021)Read MoreRead Less
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