Lawsuit: Angel’s Secret is Formaldehyde

200px-victoriassecretlogoVictoria’s Secret is facing a lawsuit over complaints that bras — Angels Secret Embrace and Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up — are toxic. Women have complained about rashes, hives and permanent scarring. Tests indicate that the bras contain formaldehyde.

Roberta Ritter, 37, of Ohio has filed a product liability lawsuit against the Victoria’s Secret and alleged that she suffered terrible complications from wearing the product: “I had the welts … very red, hot to the touch, extremely inflamed, blistery. It itched profusely.”

Her lawyers claims that lab testing shows the bras contain the embalming chemical formaldehyde. The company is investigating since “as perky as a corpse” is not one of its claims.

It sounds like a manufacturing defect rather than a design defect. It is hard to believe that the company would treat the bras with formaldehyde. If so, there would be an obvious warning defect and potential design defect. Lawyers have located dozens of women with similar stories.

Victoria Secret has been the subject of a number of reason product lawsuit, here and here.

For the full story, click here and here.

21 thoughts on “Lawsuit: Angel’s Secret is Formaldehyde”

  1. Dear J.:

    This is no joke about the formaldehyde! We thought that this issue “was buried” ( joke) some time ago. We had a lady who told us that her new VC bra after four months cause extenxive rash on her breasts. Our energy testing reveasle that her breasts were full of formaldehyde. Went to problem cases and in two days found eight women with formaldehyde in their breast and some in their entire body. Will be doing a utube on this shortly.
    There are accounts of5-6 nursing mothers whose children have had recurrent throat infections and asthma like symptoms. And they look everywhere for the causes of breast cancer when they are wearing a carcinogenic intimate garment! Where is the FDA when you need them?

    Dr. Brice E. Vickery

  2. Indeed, Mespo, you have opened up my eyes to the expanding field of ready-to-wear- torts.

  3. Ever since my white dinner jacket wardrobe comment Professor Turley has fixated on apparel rights. I find it Freudian. Am I to expect even more fashion-related litigation stories in the future. I did just pack away my seersucker for the winter you know. If so I will need time to consult with Tim Gunn.

  4. FFLEO, Thank you – the voice of reason…

    ‘Oh look, a shiny object!’…

    … Nevermind, it’s just my Vickie C
    – again.

  5. Of course, although not as entertaining, we must realize that the EnviroCaskets were not intended to benefit the occupants, but rather designed to protect the environment surrounding the eternal residence from the residual remains of toxin-releasing chemicals through decaying sarcophagi.

    Ashes to ash, dust to dust….

    And the scariest movie I ever saw was ‘Premature Burial’ with those grave diggers’ whistling of the haunting soundtrack melody of “Mussels and Cockles” a live, a live Oh…

    Oh, and how in the world did inflamin’ bras lead to a discussion of caskets and grave robbers anyway?

  6. Jill,

    The grave robber question is exactly why I want a Viking-chieftain-burning-long-ship-style funeral.

  7. Sally,

    If you’ll pay the money the funeral industry will do anything you want!

    The following info is true but graphic: for a lot of extra money you could get a hermetically sealed coffin, supposedly to keep you looking great for at least 50 years. I guess it’s like how you’re supposed to always have on your best underwear in case you get in an accident and the ambulance personel see your underwear and become horrified. Well, if someone digs up your grave, do you really want to look like trash?

    The problem with the hermetic seal is that as you decompose you will explode, so this kind of obviates all the benefits of having a nice looking corpse for grave robbers. Anyway, what the funeral directors ended up doing was opening the seals on the sly so this wouldn’t happen. It was a great scam while it lasted.

  8. Thanks for the coffin info Jill!!

    I have been worried for many years now about getting a skin rash while 6 feet under! You have calmed all fears!!

    Can I add the tempurate and air control to it as well? I want to look refreshed, in case someone opens my coffin in the next hundred years or so!

    That’s hilarious!

  9. mespo,

    I’m hoping to find a youtube video to answer your question. In the meantime, here’s a way to avoid cancer and chemical sesitivities when you’re dead.

    “Starting two years ago, the funeral home began to offer EnviroCaskets from Northern Caskets Ltd. in Lindsay, Ontario. “The casket is made with no varathanes, no metals or hinges, no dyes or chemicals in the fabric interior, and it is made of sustainably harvested poplar wood,”
    Here’s my slogan for this company:
    EnviroCaskets–chemical free when you need it least:)

  10. Jill:

    Is it flammable too? If so new meaning to those “hot” undergarmets at Vickie’s Secret.

  11. Kind of a bad place to get a rash that you can’t itch! Jill, thanks for the primer on the use of Formaldehyde in clothes. I never realized that this kind of substance could be in my clothes. I wonder if it has anything to do with my asthma? Maybe clothes should have an ingredient label to disclose all of the substances and chemicals that were used to treat the fibers. The Angles are going to have a Devil of a time getting out of this problem.

  12. I went to look up why formaldehyde would be used in clothing. Here’s what I found:

    “However, international research supported by the World Health Organisation shows exposure to formaldehyde in concentrations of 20 parts per million (ppm) can cause eye, skin and nasal irritations, respiratory problems, asthma and cancer.

    The European Union limits formaldehyde residues in children’s clothes to a maximum of 30ppm. The chemical is used to give a permanent press effect to clothes.

    Formaldehyde in Clothing
    By Dr Sharyn Martin March 2005

    Have you found a problem with buying clothing? Here’s just one reason why shopping for clothes may not be a pleasant experience. A medical article “Diagnosis and treatment of Dermatitis due to Formaldehyde Resins in Clothing. *Carlson R.M., Smith M.C. & Nedorast S.T. Dermatitis 2005; 15(4): 169-175” has some interesting information that is also useful for those with chemical, (especially formaldehyde), sensitivity.

    Textile formaldehyde resins have been used on fabrics since the mid 1920’s by the textiles industry to make wrinkle and stain resistant garments (eg permanent press clothing; stain-resistant). These resins can release significant amounts of formaldehyde. Not a good situation for those with chemical sensitivity.

    Types of materials/fabrics most likely to have been treated with formaldehyde resins are:

    * Rayon
    * Blended cotton
    * Corduroy
    * Wrinkle-resistant 100% cotton
    * Shrink-proof wool
    * Any synthetic blended polymer (Eg rayon, polyester-cotton)
    * Heavy stiff fabrics”
    http://muriella.wordpress.com/2007/08/19/formaldehyde-in-childrens-clothing/
    Maybe VC’s would be better off making props for Return of the Mummy!

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