Honest Company Laundry Detergent Class Action Lawsuit

On March 17, 2016 a class action lawsuit was filed against the Honest Company (Honest in California) by Illinois resident Staci Seed. The lawsuit alleges the company is misleading consumers by advertising products as being SLS Free. SLS stands for sodium lauryl sulfate, a chemical that the company had pledged never to use.

The Wall Street Journal published a report this month that included the results of lab tests of Honest’s laundry detergent. The publication commissioned two independent tests and both indicated that the product included SLS. SLS is a chemical commonly used that creates lather, but can also irritate sensitive skin.

Ms. Seed lists in her court papers that she and her lawyers contacted their own independent testing agents to determine if in fact SLS was included in the ingredients in Honest laundry detergent.

In the lawsuit Ms. Seed also states that she specifically looked to purchase products that did not contain SLS and chose Honest because the labels say they did not include SLS as an ingredient, instead using sodium coco sulfate (SCS) as a less harsh alternative.

A representative of the Honest Company said that “The claims alleged in the lawsuit are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against them.”

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