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.