US Firm To Be Sued Over Bra Allergies

by VR Sreeraman on Nov 15 2008 1:27 PM

US lingerie firm Victoria's Secret is being sued by dozens of women who claim their bras gave them painful rashes and permanent scarring.

Roberta Ritter, who describes herself as a long-time Victoria's Secret shopper, complaint that she felt 'utterly sick' after wearing one of company's bra.

"I had the welts ... very red, hot to the touch, extremely inflamed, blistery. It itched profusely. I couldn't sleep, waking up itching. I was just utterly sick," ABC Online quoted Ritter, as saying.

The 37-year-old filed a lawsuit against the company on May 14 in relation to the Angels Secret Embrace and Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up bras she said she purchased.

Her lawyers said that dozens of other women have contacted them with similar claims involving a number of the intimate brand's collections. Many seek to be a part of the potential class action lawsuit.

"I was floored. I thought, 'I have to come out with this. The can of worms has to be opened because it's not just me, it's other people as well,'" Ritter said.

A representative for Victoria's Secret admitted that the company had received direct complaints from customers, but added the bras remain on store shelves.

The company said it is investigating complaints and released a statement that said, "We are sorry that a small number of people have had an issue and we want to help them determine the cause.

"Customer safety and satisfaction are always our primary concerns and we take seriously any issues our customers may have with our products," the statement added.