SANTA ANA – A Fountain Valley man has filed a class-action lawsuit against a personal care company alleging a brand of its deodorant is defective and causes skin injuries.

Peter Cornejo filed a complaint individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated on Sept. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division against The Procter & Gamble Co. alleging unfair competition, breach of implied warranty and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant's Old Spice deodorant was found to contain chemicals that produce significant risk of injury when applied to skin, such as acute forms of contact dermatitis, burns, rashes, blisters, redness and scarring. He alleges he purchased the Old Spice High Endurance Original deodorant in January, which caused a chemical burn that required medical treatment.

The plaintiffs hold The Procter & Gamble Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to include appropriate warnings should use of the products pose a significant risk, misled consumers into believing that its products are safe to use, failed to disclose that its products were not in merchantable condition and introduced a defective product in the stream of commerce.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks to certify case as a class action; declaratory, injunctive, and other equitable relief as necessary; damages or restitution; interest; attorneys’ fees; costs and further relief as deemed just. He is represented by James R. Hawkins and Gregory Mauro of James R. Hawkins APLC in Irvine and Norman B. Blumenthal, Kyle R. Nordrehaug, Aparajit Bhowmik and Victoria Rivapalacio of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik in La Jolla.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division Case number 8:16-cv-01741

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