Medical research published this year suggests that long-term use of chemical hair relaxers can significantly increase the risk of uterine cancer, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. One of the most popular brands of chemical hair relaxers is Motions®, manufactured by Strength of Nature Global, LLC. Women who developed uterine cancer after using Motions relaxer products are now filing hair relaxer product liability lawsuits against Strength of Nature and other cosmetic companies.
In this post, we will review new scientific evidence showing that hair relaxers can cause uterine cancer and the anti-hair relaxer lawsuits filed against Strength of Nature regarding Motions hair relaxer products.
About Motions and other hair relaxers
Many black women in the US use hair relaxers (also known as flat irons) to style their hair. These cosmetic products use a powerful and often undisclosed mixture of chemicals to break down the protein structure of the hair. They are applied in the salon or at home every 6 to 8 weeks.
There are many different brands and products for hair relaxers (both professional and home-use kits) on the market. One of the most popular and best selling lines of hair relaxers is called Motions. Motions is sold at major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Sally Beauty Supply and Walgreens. It is especially popular among hairdressers.
The Motions line of hair relaxers is manufactured and sold in the US by Georgia-based Strength of Nature Global, LCC. Strength of Nature is a wholly owned subsidiary of Godrej Group, a large international conglomerate corporation headquartered in Mumbai, India. Founded in 1897, the Godrej Group today owns and operates a wide range of subsidiaries in various sectors, including real estate, appliances, furniture and consumer products. Strength of Nature is essentially a holding company through which Godrej Group operates its US line of consumer products.
New evidence linking Motions Hair Relaxer to uterine cancer
All hair relaxing or straightening products (including Motions) are made with very strong chemicals, many of which are not even disclosed on the product label. The chemicals in Motions and other products are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These are chemicals that interact and disrupt the normal functioning of the endocrine system, which regulates the production of hormones.
There have always been serious concerns about the potential health hazards of long-term use of hair relaxers. However, until recently, there were no significant scientific studies on this topic.
That changed dramatically this year when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) completed a landmark clinical study examining the potential health risks of chronic exposure to chemicals in hair relaxer products like Motions. The study, called the Sister Study, involved more than 33,000 participants and spanned more than a decade.
The alarming results of the sister study made headlines when they were published in a major medical journal in October 2022. A sister study found that women who frequently (at least 4 times a year) use hair-relaxing products like Motions have a significantly increased risk of uterine cancer. In fact, a study found that using hair relaxers increases the risk of uterine cancer by 150%.
A sister study and other prior scientific studies have also shown evidence that hair relaxer use is associated with an increased risk of other hormone-related conditions, such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
Motions Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
The startling findings of a sister NIH study have always sparked hair relaxer product liability lawsuits against Strength of Nature, L’Oreal and other cosmetic companies. Lawsuits are being filed by women who claim their uterine cancer was caused by their frequent and long-term use of hair-relaxing products like Motions. Hair relaxer lawsuits are also being filed for injuries such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids, which are also linked to hair relaxer products.
The anti-hair relaxer plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that manufacturers like Strength of Nature knew or should have known that the chemicals in their products were harmful and could increase the risk of uterine cancer and other diseases. According to the plaintiffs, these companies have chosen to ignore this and market their products as perfectly safe for regular use.
A group of plaintiffs in pending hair relaxer lawsuits has filed a motion with JPML requesting that all hair relaxer product liability cases in federal courts be consolidated into a new class action MDL. Thousands of lawsuits could be filed against Strength of Nature and other companies alleging that their hair relaxer products caused uterine cancer or other harm. The MDL proposal is likely to be approved.
Potential Settlement Value of Motions Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
We estimate that a successful Motions hair release action involving uterine cancer as a primary injury could have a potential settlement value in the range of $300,000 to $1.75 million. So why is this valuation range so wide? The main reason is that cases involving the uterus can represent a wide range of circumstances. Uterine cancer in older, postmenopausal women has relatively good outcomes in most cases. When uterine cancer occurs in younger women, it is more aggressive and can have devastating consequences, including loss of reproductive capacity.
Our settlement value estimate for Motions hair relaxer lawsuits involving other injuries, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis, is significantly lower for two reasons. First, uterine cancer is a more serious and potentially life-threatening injury, so it has a higher value. Second, the causal evidence linking uterine fibroids and endometriosis to hair relaxers is less compelling than the evidence for uterine cancer.
Contact us about filing a It moves Lawsuit for hair relaxation
Our company is currently investigating product liability cases alleging that chemicals in Motions Hair Relaxer have caused uterine cancer and other conditions. If you believe you may be entitled to a straightener lawsuit, contact our office today for a free consultation at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.