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Lawsuits sting celebrity-endorsed lip balm company


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The maker of egg-shaped lip balms seen on the pouts of celebs like Britney Spears and Hilary Duff — eos Products L.L.C. — may have found itself in a rough situation it can't smooth over.

Several class action lawsuits filed in district courts in Illinois, California, New York and Florida claim that eos balms have left users' lips cracked, bleeding, burning, boiling and blistering, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Sounds glamorous.

One class action filed Wednesday in the Illinois Central District Court in Urbana, Illinois, claims the mint green eos lip balm left an Urbana woman with rashes and blisters, the Chicago Tribune reported.

And Tuesday, a Long Island, New York, woman filed a class action in the New York Southern District Court in Manhattan,claiming the lip balm gave her two week's worth of sores on her lips, the New York Daily News reported.

In other class actions, plaintiffs claim they experienced similar issues with the products.

The suits, which were filed on behalf of plaintiffs by Los Angeles-based law firm Geragos & Geragos A.P.C., allege that the products do not properly warn users of the possibility of allergic reactions from ingredients, including sodium hyaluronate, shea butter, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherols and stevia, according to the Chicago Tribune.

New York-based eos, which stands for “evolution of smooth,” wrote on its Facebook page on Jan. 13 that the lawsuits are “without merit.”

“Our products are safe to use, are made with the highest quality ingredients and they all meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set out by our industry. An independent laboratory puts each of our products through a battery of rigorous testing to ensure this is the case,” the company wrote.