Product Liability

2024 Update: What is happening with the Baby Formula Lawsuit?

Article Snapshot: Delving into 2024’s latest baby formula lawsuit update: a $60 million verdict and the ongoing fight for justice from parents nationwide.

The baby formula lawsuits that have been making headlines involve cases of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, allegedly linked to certain cow’s milk-based formulas from major brands like Similac and Enfamil. As of March 2024, over 400 lawsuits were pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) under the oversight of U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois. This litigation is still in the early stages, with discovery processes ongoing and the first bellwether trials anticipated to start in the following months. These early trials are crucial as they can provide insights into how future cases might be decided and potentially lead to a global settlement​​.

Latest News on the Baby Formula Lawsuit

On March 14, an Illinois jury awarded $60 million to the mother of a premature infant who died from NEC after being fed Enfamil formula. This verdict is significant not only for the substantial compensation but also for setting a precedent that these cases can be won in court, potentially influencing the outcomes of future lawsuits.

The jury found that Mead Johnson, the manufacturer of Enfamil, was negligent in its failure to warn about the risks of necrotizing enterocolitis. The disease, which kills bowel tissues, predominately affects premature newborns and has a fatality rate of about 15-40%. 

The $60 million awarded to the plaintiff included compensation for her loss and grief, as well as the pain and suffering of her baby. 

How are Attorneys Making the Case for Parents in the Baby Formula Lawsuits?

The plaintiffs in these lawsuits argue that the manufacturers failed to warn about the risks associated with their cow’s milk-based formulas, which increases the likelihood of NEC in premature infants. Compensation sought in these lawsuits includes the following:  

These lawsuits have shone a light on the grave risk NEC poses to premature infants, a condition that can lead to severe intestinal damage and, in some cases, death. Research cited in the lawsuits indicates that premature babies fed cow’s milk-based formula are at a significantly higher risk of developing NEC than those fed breast milk exclusively.

Legal Representation with Compassion

For parents dealing with a sick child or the loss of a child, the importance of compassionate legal representation cannot be overstated. The Carlson Law Firm stands out for its commitment to providing empathetic support and expert legal advice to families navigating the complexities of NEC baby formula lawsuits. Understanding the emotional and financial toll of these cases, our firm prioritizes the well-being of our clients and their families. We are dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation and justice you are owed.

Do I qualify for Compensation from the Baby Formula Lawsuit?

You may qualify for compensation from the Baby Formula Lawsuit if the following is true: 

  • Premature birth with fewer than 37 weeks of gestation
  • Fed formula or fortifier made by Simila or Enfamil
  • Suffered from one or more of the following conditions
    • Intestinal Perforation
    • Scarring or strictures in the intestines
    • Sepsis
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Neurological Damage
    • Surgery
    • Death

Often, parents don’t know if their child suffered from NEC, as medical professionals may not be very clear or upfront about the condition. If you suspect your child may have had the condition, please get in touch with our NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit attorneys to determine if you qualify for compensation. 

We Care, We Can Help

If NEC has impacted your family due to baby formula, remember that compassionate legal representation is available to help you navigate this challenging journey. 

The NEC baby formula lawsuits represent a fight to right a wrong and a movement towards greater accountability and safer practices in infant nutrition. As this legal battle unfolds, staying informed and seeking the proper support can make all the difference. The Carlson Law Firm offers that support, combining legal prowess with genuine care for each client’s unique situation.

Check back periodically. The Carlson Law Firm will continue providing the latest updates on the baby formula lawsuit.

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