Directions on brand of Alba Botanica spray sunscreen subject of class action suit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 5, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Lake Forest, Illinois consumer alleges the maker of the Alba Botanica sunscreen brand failed to represent that consumers should shake the product 10 seconds before applying and that improper application would result in inadequate sun protection.

Katy Manley filed a complaint individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated on Oct. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division against The Hain Celestial Group alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant's Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Spray Sunscreen has less protection than advertised and that the defendant made misleading claims regarding the proper application of the product. 

The plaintiff alleges the product is now sold in new packaging as Alba Botanica Refreshing Mineral Spray and has updated directions that consumers should shake the product for 10 seconds before use and blend well into the skin with their hands. The plaintiff alleges the Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Spray Sunscreen does not include these instructions, and as a result she suffered sunburn.

The plaintiffs hold The Hain Celestial Group responsible because the defendant allegedly falsely represented the product provided sun protection.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant, certify the class action, actual and treble damages, interest, disgorgement, injunctive and declaratory relief, and further available relief and any other relief the court deems just. She is represented by William M. Sweetnam and Natasha Singh of Sweetnam LLC in Chicago, Illinois.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division case number 18-cv-07101

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