Judge Appoints MDL 3060 Leadership Team for Hair Product Litigation

by | Mar 14, 2023

On March 3, 2023, Judge Mary M. Rowland, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, appointed a number of attorneys to leadership positions for the hair product litigation cases in MDL 3060: In Re: Hair Relaxer Marketing Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. In the order making her appointments, the judge noted that she had relied on a number of criteria, including a willingness and availability to commit to a time-consuming project; the ability to work cooperatively with others; professional experience in this type of hair product litigation; access to sufficient resources to advance the litigation in a timely manner; and diversity.

The Order lists the following leadership appointments:

Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel

Benjamin L. Crump, Ben Crump Law Firm

Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC

Michael A. London, Douglas & London, P.C

Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann, DiCello Levitt LLC

Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel

Edward A. Wallace, Wallace Miller

Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC)

Brian Barr,Levin Papantonio Rafferty

Tim Becker, Johnson Becker

Jayne Conroy Simmons, Hanly Conroy

Kelly M. Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Jennifer Hoekstra, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC

LaRuby May, May Jung

Rene F. Rocha, Morgan & Morgan

Larry Taylor, The Cochran Firm

Navan Ward, Beasley Allen

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC)

Anne Andrews, Andrews & Thornton

Greg Cade, Environmental Law Group

Thomas P. Cartmell, Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP

Andrew Childers, Childers, Schleuter & Smith

Erin Copeland, Fibich Leebron Copeland Briggs

Maria Fleming, Napoli Shkolnik

Lee Floyd, Breit Biniazan

Kendra Y. Goldhirsch, Chaffin Luhana LLP

Kristine Kraft, Schlichter Bogard & Denton

Buffy Martines, Laminack, Pirtle & Martines

Melanie Muhlstock, Parker Waichman

David A. Neiman, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Michelle Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP

Syreeta Poindexter, Babin Law

EricaRae Garcia, Weitz & Luxenberg

Steve Rotman, Hausfeld

Richard W. Schulte, Wright & Schulte LLC

Ashlie Case Sletvold, Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, LLP

Chris Stewart, Stewart Mille Simmons

Aimee Wagstaff, Wagstaff Law Firm

Mikal Watts, Watts Guerra


On February 7, 2023, the Motion to Transfer that had been submitted to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) by plaintiffs seeking to consolidate all pending actions filed against a number of defendants, including cosmetics giant L’Oreal, for injuries allegedly sustained by the use of Defendants’ hair care products, was granted. Plaintiffs claim that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in the defendants’ hair relaxer products caused “disruption of the endocrine system”.  These products are commonly used by millions of women of color and according  to a report published in October, 2022, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, may be associated with an increased risk for uterine cancer.

Read our latest blog post here.

Share This