Plaintiffs in California have filed a class action lawsuit against Hain Celestial Group, alleging that the company has falsely advertised fourteen of its Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen products as “reef friendly” when they, in fact, contain at least two ingredients that have proven to be harmful to coral reefs and other marine life. The products at issue contain avobenzone and octocrylene, which have been banned by the State of Hawaii for use in sunscreens due to reported harm to sea life. Plaintiffs in the putative class argue that Hain falsely advertised to consumers who acted in reliance on Defendant’s “reef friendly” claims in their purchasing decisions. Plaintiffs are seeking certification of the class and injunctive relief under numerous California consumer protection laws.
[To accompany Federal Case Law Update "Putative Class Action Alleges that Popular Sunscreen Marketed as “Reef-Friendly” is Harmful to Coral Reefs" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 111.]