According to a news source, a California state court judge has indicated from the bench that he would approve a $4.3-million settlement reached in consolidated consumer class actions charging GIB LLC, the company that makes Brazilion Blowout® hair-straightening products, with deception for failing to disclose that they emit formaldehyde. In re GIB LLC Cases, No. JCCP 4657 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty.). Under terms of an earlier deal, the company’s insurer would have funded the settlement; now, GIB will contribute $300,000 to the fund. Other adjustments will also reportedly be made to the proposed agreement, which the court will consider during a June 5, 2013, hearing. See Law360, May 23, 2013.
Information about a Food and Drug Administration warning letter to GIB taking issue with “Formaldehyde Free” product labeling appears in the September 15, 2011, issue of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Product Liability Litigation Report. The settlement of claims filed by California’s attorney general over the company’s allegedly deceptive “formaldehyde-free” advertising is addressed in the September 2, 2012, issue.