BENTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) — Two Illinois women are suing
Andalou Naturals Inc., claiming the company is deceptive and that it sells
products with harmful chemicals.
Cassandra York and Stephanie Teachout of Benton, Illinois,
filed a class action lawsuit, individually and on behalf of all others
similarly situated, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Illinois, against Andalou Naturals Inc., alleging deceptive, unfair and false
merchandising practices regarding its Andalou Naturals line of hair car
According to the lawsuit, Andalou Naturals, by naming its
product “Naturals,” unfairly duped consumers into believing the products
consisted solely of natural ingredients. The plaintiffs argue that the products
actually contained a multitude of synthetic and potentially harmful chemicals.
These chemicals allegedly include Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium
Sorbate and Exthylexylglycerin. Two of the purported ingredients, Sodium
Benzoate and Citric Acid, may combine to form Benzene – a known carcinogen
linked to blood cancers like leukemia - the complaint says.
York and Teachout seek compensatory damages on behalf of a
class of people, pre- and post-judgment interest and reasonable and necessary
attorneys’ fees and costs. They are represented by Matthew H. Armstrong of
Armstrong Law Firm LLC and Stuart L. Cochran of the Law Offices of Stuart L.
U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of Illinois Case number 3:16-cv-894