Chemophobia Class Actions: Who Is Really 'Injured'?

Law360, New York (July 6, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT) -- Every week, there is some report, story or blog about a newly suspected dangerous/toxic/hazardous chemical in the products we purchase, use and consume. In the past, concerned consumers largely voted with their feet, refusing to buy such products. Now they sue.

The food we eat, the cosmetics we apply, the toys our children use: All have been recently targeted in class actions arguing that consumers should be able to avoid unexpected, unknown or uncertain “risks” from chemicals.

Citing consumer protection statutes, the plaintiffs allege an economic...
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