In what is just the latest in a long list of expected lawsuits, four women from Hiroshima Prefecture have sued Japanese company Kanebo Cosmetics Inc., claiming that their use of several whitening products resulted in white blotches on their skin. The embattled company ordered a massive worldwide recall of their products last year after receiving thousands of complaints from customers who got uneven skin coloring or depigmentation due to a certain ingredient in their whitening products.
The four women, who are in their 40s and 50s, are seeking for damages between 25-43 million yen each, as they claim that the lotions and emulsions from Kanebo that contain the substance called Rhododenol, caused white patches to appear on their neck,faces and hands. They had been using the products from 2011-2013 but the skin blotches continued even after they stopped using them. They have also been diagnosed with several hard to treat conditions and they have to take extra special care of their appearance when they leave their homes. Their lawyer said that they expect more litigants to join their lawsuit, which was filed at the Hiroshima District Court on Thursday. The company is also facing other similar lawsuits in the Tokyo and Shizuoka District Courts.
Kanebo started their recall in July 2013, which includes 54 products from the Blanchir Superior, Suisai, Twany, Impress and Aqualeaf brands. The company said they have received around 15,000 complaints since then, and they have agreed to take care of the medical expenses of customers who need it. Around 4,000 of the complainants have reportedly “fully recovered” from their skin conditions.
[via Jiji Press]