Litigation Insights

Litigation Insights

  • On Dec. 3, 2008, L Brands responded to plaintiff's attorney regarding test results, misleading public statements claiming that Victoria's Secret bras contain formaldehyde and the plaintiff's testimony about her unusual washing and wearing habits.
  • On April 22, 2009, plaintiff Roberta Ritter voluntarily withdrew her lawsuit.
  • Plaintiffs tried to strengthen their individual cases by having them consolidated for pretrial purposes. On June 16, 2009, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation rejected that maneuver finding that there were not enough similarities among the cases to combine them.
  • After the original plaintiff, Roberta Ritter, generated national media attention with her allegations, several other lawsuits were filed claiming that our bras had caused skin irritation. The majority of these were filed in the federal court in Ohio by the law firm, Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli, Co., LPA. On Aug. 6, 2009, all of these cases were voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs at the suggestion of their counsel. Victoria's Secret did not compensate these plaintiffs in any way.
  • All litigation against Victoria's Secret has been dismissed. 

Independent Lab Test Results for Formaldehyde 

  • On Nov. 24, 2008, L Brands and the original plaintiff's (Roberta Ritter) attorneys simultaneously received independent test results for plaintiff's bra that show that Victoria's Secret bras are formaldehyde-free or contain only traces which are significantly lower than allowed by the most stringent textile guidelines in the world.
  • Independent lab results from bras of same style and make as original plaintiff's (Roberta Ritter) bra show Victoria's Secret bras are formaldehyde-free or contain only traces.
  • WSYX-TV (ABC, Columbus, Ohio) independently tested Victoria's Secret bras with similar findings.