Consumers claiming they are unhappy with Tylenol-manufacturer Johnson and Johnson's actions following the recall of a number of children's over-the-counter medications have filed five complaints seeking class action against the company in federal court.
Six consumers filing a total of five complaints in the District Court of Northern Illinois are accusing the company of both fraud and racketeering. They claim the company failed to recall all of the children's drugs and did not offer consumers an opportunity to fully recover out-of-pocket payments for the medications.
The suits are all filed against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson and Johnson who manufactured the recalled Children's Tylenol and other pediatric drugs. It is considered to be the largest recall of children's medicine in the history of the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. More than 40 non-prescription products were recalled for possible contamination. Subsequent FDA investigation has found bacterial contamination and filthy equipment in the Ft. Washington, PA plant responsible for the manufacture of the recalled products.