Several U.S. consumers have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health-products company in federal court in Chicago. The racketeering lawsuits stem from Johnson & Johnson’s product recalls from earlier this year and accuse the company of fraud and racketeering and demands cash refunds for recalled children’s cold and allergy medicines. Five complaints have been filed, seeking class-action status, expressing their rejection of the offer by Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare and McNeil-PPC Inc. units for refund coupons and demanded cash. The complaints allege that the coupons are worthless because McNeil has ceased making the medicines and assumes – wrongfully – that all consumers will want to purchase the company’s children’s products at some uncertain future date.
In late April, the companies issued a product recall for over 40 types of pediatric allergy medications and pain relief medications, stating that the quality and potency of those drugs for children did not meet the company’s internal requirements. The Chicago product liability attorneys at Levin & Perconti think that what was remarkable about this wide reaching product recall was how many popular products were recalled – recalled products included children’s formulations of liquid Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl.
These racketeering cases related to product liability and recalls were filed in the Federal Court located in Chicago, Illinois, which is known as the “Dirksen” federal courthouse, named after Everett McKinley Dirksen. It’s located in downtown Chicago, not too far from the offices of the Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti.
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