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Victoria’s Secret Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Bra Rash and Scarring

At least three lawsuits have been filed against Victoria’s Secret seeking class action status for women who have suffered severe rashes, scarring and other skin reactions after wearing defective bras that were contaminated with formaldehyde.

According to numerous media reports, Victoria’s Secret has confirmed that reports have been received from a women who experienced severe reactions after wearing their Angels Secret Embrace, Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up and other bras. However, the company has denied that there is anything defective about the undergarments.

The Victoria’s Secret bra lawsuits allege that the severe reactions were caused by the presence of the industrial chemical formaldehyde, which is classified as a probably human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

The reported problems with the Victoria’s Secret bras have included the development of rashes, blisters, hives, welts and itching. In some severe cases, consumers have suffered permanent and disfiguring scarring to their breasts.

The first known Victoria’s Secret lawsuit over the contaminated bras was filed in May 2008 in Ohio, and at least two additional lawsuits have been filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The cases seek class action status to represent all individuals who wore the bras and suffered damages.

The Victoria’s Secret class action suits allege that consumers were not adequately warned about the presence of formaldehyde and the risk of allergic reactions. The cases also claim that Victoria’s Secret knew or should have known that the garments were defective, yet they have continued to sell the bras.

Victoria’s Secret has maintained that formaldehyde is not used during the manufacturing of their bras and undergarments.

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251 comments

  1. Veronica Reply

    What lead me to thus site is I bought a bra by Wacoal… Me with removable straps and it’s the elastic that runs around the borders of the bra and the cup line that keeps the bra in place, from moving around or falling. I wore it ONE DAY and noticed the itchy sensation immediately in the exact areas of this elastic, plastic, gel like band. I knew it was the bra immediately. I stayed away from the bra for 2 weeks and the itching went away. I then wore it one more time. The itching returned stronger this time accompanied by 2 welts on my back at the bra line. I took it off and the next day the welts opened up releasing pus. That’s what lead me to this research. One of the posters mentioned that it’s formaldehyde that’s being utilized in these bras. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, a cancer causing agent. Topical creams that people are mentioning may relieve your symptoms but formaldehyde is a toxic substance. You must take steps to detox your body especially if you’ve been wearing the garments a while and just discovered this information. I wore these bras twice in my entire lifetime, and 5 days later I still have a noticeable welt on my back that still itches like crazy. I’m currently using an oral detoxificamt and exercising to sweat these toxins out of my system. Today visible bumps that were itchy appeared as I was exercising but I believe it’s because these toxins are leaving through my sweat and is very itchy as it leaves the body and it only itches around my chest area…. No where else. It’s disgraceful that this information is virtually unknown and lawsuits began in 2008 and yet these bras are proliferating the market in 2015!!!!

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