estee lauder companiesA class action lawsuit against Estee Lauder, Avon, and Mary Kay has been filed on the behalf of American consumers who were “misled” by “false” claims of animal testing. The complaint alleges that the companies claimed they did not perform animal testing on their products while knowing they were testing some products on animals in order to begin selling products in China. 

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) announced that the Estee Lauder companies had been removed from their “cruelty-free” list, and the company has been downgraded and listed as a company that does perform animal testing.

“While it may make economic sense for a company to pursue sales in China, those sales should not occur at the expense of fundamental principles,” stated co-counsel for the Plaintiffs Michael Avenatti of Eagan Avenatti, LLP. “Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay should have been open and honest with the American public and told the truth — that sales and profits were more important to them than refusing to conduct animal testing.”

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