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Baby Food Heavy Metal False Ad Suits to Proceed Without MDL

June 8, 2021, 1:51 PM

Suits alleging Beech-Nut Nutrition Co., Gerber Products Co., and other leading baby food makers knowingly sold products containing heavy metals won’t go ahead in a single proceeding, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation said Monday.

The panel cited the relatively minimal number of common factual questions, the potential for a multi-defendant MDL to introduce added complexity to the litigation, and the strong opposition of numerous plaintiffs and defendants in declining to formally combine the suits.

Dozens of lawsuits followed a House Oversight subcommittee report that found seven brands of commercial baby food are tainted with “significant levels” of heavy ...