Just For Men contains harmful chemicals including para-Phenylenediamine (PPD), which is used to dye hair darker colors. PPD is a known allergen that has been reported to cause serious allergic reactions in 5-7% of users, with a disproportionate number of these men being African American.
In addition to being a chemical used to dye hair, PPD is also used to manufacture rubber tires, as an additive in gasoline, and as a photographic developing agent. PPD has been linked to kidney failure, asthma, vertigo, tremors, convulsions, skin irritation, gastritis and comas.
Study Finds Black Hair Dye Contains High Levels of PPD
A 2001 study by the Cleveland Clinic found that the sensitization rate to PPD in black men was 21.2% compared to only 4.2% in white men. PPD is one of only five substances to be flagged by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) as a “strong sensitizer,” with the “significant potential for causing hypersensitivity.” The concerns with PPD are so significant that in 2006, the American Contact Dermatitis Society declared PPD to be the “Allergen of the Year.”
Class Action Alleges PPD in Just For Men Jet Black ‘Toxic’
A 2017 class action lawsuit accused Combe, Inc., of using celebrity endorsements from black athletes to lure African Americans into buying Just For Men Jet Black, despite more than 400 consumer complaints and the product’s significant health risks. Plaintiffs alleged that the amount of PPD in Just For Men Jet Black is approximately 17 times greater than the amount of PPD used in lighter color shades.
Combe “knowingly designed, produced, marketed and sold Just for Men products that were disproportionately unsafe and hazardous for African American males compared to white males,” the complaint states. “Defendants omitted, concealed, and inadequately provided critical safety information regarding the Jet Black color shade in order to induce its purchase and use by African American males.”
Plaintiffs further accuse Combe of violating a federal anti-discrimination law under the Civil Rights Act and 2 California consumer protection laws. The suit is: Stringer v. Combe, Inc. et al. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division. Case No. 17-CV-03192-WHO.
Just for Men Side Effects
- Allergic reactions
- Severe burning
- Rash reactions (contact dermatitis)
- Permanent Scarring
- Skin rash
- Permanent pigmentation loss (vitiligo)
- Anaphylactic shock
- And more
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to Just For Men. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by the side effects of Just For Men, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a Just For Men Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Just For Men lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Just for Men, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.