Class Action Alleges GOJO Mislead Consumers About Effectiveness of Purell
The most recent lawsuit, filed by 4 people in federal court in the Northeastern District of Ohio, alleges that Purell labels state the hand sanitizer kills “99.9 percent of illness-causing germs.” Plaintiffs claim this statement is misleading because it implies “sound scientific support when none exists,” according to NBC News.
The other class action, which was filed in the same court by a different group of plaintiffs, alleges that GOJO “has broken the public’s trust” by repeatedly marketing unsubstantiated claims about Purell Hand Sanitizer.
The lawsuits come amid an unprecedented Coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 230,000 people worldwide and forced millions of Americans to stay home from work. Many people have turned to Purell and other similar hand sanitizers as their first line of defense against the virus; however, these products are nearly impossible to find online or in stock at local drugstores, as consumers across the U.S. have been preparing for worst-case scenarios by hoarding supplies of Purell, toilet paper, and other household staple products.
FDA Warning on Purell
In January 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a Warning Letter to GOJO regarding unsubstantiated claims the company was making about the effectiveness of its products. FDA cited several advertising campaigns suggesting that Purell could prevent the flu, Ebola, norovirus and other potentially deadly diseases.
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Does Purell Kill the Coronavirus?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends only using hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol when you aren’t able to wash your hands. Some Purell hand sanitizers contain benzalkonium chloride instead of alcohol as their active ingredient. Such non-alcohol antiseptic products may not work as well for many types of germs, or may only reduce the growth of germs rather than killing them, according to the CDC.
Do I Have a Purell Hand Sanitizer Lawsuit?
The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Purell Hand Sanitizer Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.