How Might Bankruptcy Affect a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit? Lessons From Revlon

In June 2022, cosmetics giant Revlon filed for bankruptcy. Covid-19 pandemic losses, supply chain issues, and increasing competition were cited as reasons for the filing. But the company, among several others, has also faced litigation over hair relaxers.

This raises a question for those injured by hair straightener products. If the company that sold or made the product goes bankrupt, what does that mean for a hair relaxer lawsuit? The mass tort injury lawyers of Rueb Stoller Daniel take a look.

Number One Piece of Advice: Contact a Lawyer Anyway

Before discussing the details of Revlon’s bankruptcy, we encourage you to take legal action if you’ve been hurt by hair straighteners. We understand that a bankruptcy filing may give you pause. But as we will see with Revlon below, plaintiffs can still be compensated for their injuries. So if you believe you’re eligible to file a hair relaxer lawsuit, we want to help.

Who Is Eligible to File a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

Hair straighteners have been linked to a number of cancers and other diseases. The companies that make and sell these products (like cosmetics companies) could be held liable. Any time a business manufactures or distributes a dangerous consumer product, victims can generally seek compensation. That’s happening now over hair straighteners (also called hair relaxers) as numerous lawsuits have been filed.

To determine if you qualify to file one of these claims, ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • Have you ever used any hair straightener products?
  • Do you currently use any of these products?
  • Which products (meaning, from which manufacturers) do or did you use?
  • Did you use these products on your scalp as instructed?
  • Were you diagnosed with uterine, ovarian, endometrial, or another type of cancer or condition after using these products?

Depending on your answers to the above and other questions, you may qualify to file a hair straightener lawsuit. Talk to our knowledgeable mass tort legal team to find out more.

What to Know About Revlon’s Bankruptcy

The cosmetic company filed for bankruptcy in June 2022. The original deadline to file a hair straightener lawsuit against Revlon was October 24, 2022. Unfortunately, relatively few consumers were aware of the dangers posed by hair relaxers at this point. That’s because a National Institute of Health study linking straighteners to uterine cancer was released only a week before.

Aware of these unfair circumstances, the bankruptcy judge in the matter extended the lawsuit filing deadline to April 11, 2023. This gave injured consumers some time, at least, to learn about the risks of hair relaxers and take action. As part of the bankruptcy restructuring, consumers who filed personal injury claims against the company can collect damages.

Revlon has emerged from bankruptcy but still faces challenges.

Don’t Let Bankruptcy Deter You From Asserting Your Rights

Even if the responsible company has declared bankruptcy, a hair straightener injury victim still has options. You owe it to yourself and your family to learn more about these claims. This is especially the case if you are facing major medical bills, lost time from work, and other damages.

If you believe you are eligible to file a lawsuit, our firm can represent you. We are currently seeking the maximum amount of compensation for hair straightener victims. Find out more about this important legal action by reaching out to Rueb Stoller Daniel today.