A California man has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Proctor & Gambel alleging its Old Spice deodorant caused a severe chemical burn and rash that “turned into open sores.”
The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court by Gregory Johnson of San Francisco, is the second such complaint to be filed in connection with Procter & Gambel’s Old Spice-brand deodorant for men.
Mr. Johnson alleges that he used Old Spice Swagger and Old Spice Classic deodorants for a month when he developed a painful red rash under his arms that required medical attention and a prescription drug to heal.
When he complained to Proctor and Gambel, he received coupons for more of the same products that caused his injury, which dermatologists have likened to poison oak or poison ivy, according to his lawyer.
“Telling these people just to switch to another Old Spice product is insufficient — without knowing it, the thousands of consumers who buy Old Spice deodorant every day are subjecting themselves to an unacceptably high risk of skin injury,” Mr. Johnson’s lawyer told Law 360.
By manufacturing, marketing, and selling a harmful product, Procter & Gambel violates California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act and the state’s unfair competition law, the complaint asserts, in addition to breach of warranty of merchantability, strict liability, negligence, and unjust enrichment.
“Numerous consumers, including plaintiff Johnson, have suffered serious injuries — such as burns, rashes, blisters, redness and scarring — as a direct result of using Old Spice deodorants,” the complaint states, adding that the manufacturer fails to warn consumers about possible product injury.
Last month, Rodney Colley of Alexandria, Va., filed a similar class-action against Procter & Gambel in federal court in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Colley’s lawsuit names 13 of Procter & Gambel’s Old Spice deodorant brands, calling them defective and possibly dangerous.
Mr. Colley’s complaint claims that although the problem is “rampant,” Procter & Gambel “is concealing it in order to continue selling the product and reaping windfall profits.”