Avon Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit over Anew Product Claims

October 26 2012

Avon Faces Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit over Anew Product Claims New York, NY: Avon cosmetics company is facing a potential consumer fraud class action lawsuit over allegations of false claims made about the anti-aging benefits of its Anew skin care line, including Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night Renewal Cream, Anew Reversalist Renewal Serum and Anew Clinical Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream products.

Lorena Trujillo, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleges Avon earned “handsome profits” by misleading consumers into believing Anew anti-aging products can boost collagen production, recreate fresh skin and fortify damaged tissue, offering “at-home answers” to “procedures found in a dermatologist’s office.”

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding these anti-aging products, indicating that they have been misrepresented to consumers. In the warning, the FDA demanded that Avon revise certain advertising claims about the products, including the suggestion that they can change the structure or function of the body, which would classify them as drugs under FDA regulations, requiring FDA approval, a process that can take years of testing. Therefore, Avon’s Anew anti-aging products “are not generally recognized among qualified experts as safe and effective,” the FDA said.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all U.S. consumers who purchased Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night Renewal Cream, Anew Reversalist Renewal Serum and Anew Clinical Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream products based on Avon’s allegedly misleading advertising claims about these products.

The Lawsuit is Lorena Trujillo v. Avon Products, Inc., Case No. 12-9084, California Central District Court. Trujillo is represented by the law firm Baron & Budd.

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