'Good Morning America' Highlights Questionable Victoria's Secret Lawsuit
ABCâ€™s Andrea Canning warned viewers â€śsome women say theyâ€™ve experienced very uncomfortable symptoms from the bras like rashes and hives, even permanent scarring â€¦ but the bras are still on the shelves.â€ť
Canning portrayed Ritter positively, calling her a â€śloyalâ€ť patron of the company. â€śHer attorneys say dozens of other women have also contacted them with similar claims involving a number of collections in the brand â€“ many wanting to be part of a potential class-action lawsuit.â€ť
But Canning didnâ€™t mention Ritterâ€™s history of filing lawsuits against large corporations. According to records from the Cuyahoga County Court database, Ritter filed a suit against Palmieri Hair Salons in 1995 for $50,000 and one against DaimlerChrysler (NYSE:DAI) in 2003 for $25,000. Although there were no details about the cases, court records, indicate that lawsuits were dismissed.
â€śRitterâ€™s bra hasnâ€™t been tested yet,â€ť Canning said. â€śBut she says her doctor diagnosed her with an allergic reaction that could have been caused by formaldehyde. Whatever it was, she doesn't want this to happen to anyone else.â€ť
â€śApparel made from fully synthetic fibers (such as the bras in your story) do not contain formaldehyde, a fact that is easily confirmed,â€ť Jim McCarthy, a Formaldehyde Council representative wrote.
McCarthy told the Business & Media Institute these complaints were rare and litigation fruitless.
â€śIâ€™d be interested to know the motives of the trial, but to my knowledge thereâ€™s been no successful litigation or complaints about that,â€ť McCarthy said. â€śUsually it is only seen from the environmental activist community, but this has no substantive basis in medical fact.â€ť
He explained that pure formaldehyde isnâ€™t used in garments, but a derivative of it is and it is usually only used in cotton garments to make the material stiffer or have a different texture. But he said it is never used in purely synthetic products like polyester â€“ which is what the undergarments in question from
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