Similac Lawsuit Update: Consolidation sought in U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois. Abbott Laboratories opposing move to consolidate over fears that motions to dismiss the case will fail.
Similac lawsuits continue to be filed
January 24, 2011 – This week, a panel of federal judges will be meeting to determine whether to consolidate the growing number of Similac class action lawsuits for pretrial litigation. The lawsuits were filed as the result of a Similac recall that was initiated after some cans of the powered baby formula were found to be infested with beetles and their larvae. The insects are believed to have caused diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress in some infants who were fed the contaminated formula.
The products affected are powdered formula and come either in plastic containers or in specific size cans including 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce, and 12.9-ounce cans.
On Thursday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) will hear oral arguments on whether to have every Similac lawsuit currently pending in federal court consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. All of the claims accuse Abbott of negligence in failing to prevent the beetle contamination, and allege that the company knew about the contamination for at least a week before announcing the recall.
Abbott recalled the Similac infant formula on September 22, 2010 after discovering beetle contamination which occurred at the company’s Sturgis, Michigan, production facility. To view the official Similac recall announcement, please visit the FDA website.
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