5 Top open class action lawsuits 2023

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5 Top open class action lawsuits 2023

Every day there are new lawsuits against big companies that consumers and other plaintiffs hold responsible for health issues, defective products, and more. If you want to know the top open class action lawsuits in 2023, check out this list. 

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Open Class Action Lawsuits

When a defective or dangerous product affects a group of people that decide to file a lawsuit, many others may follow. Most plaintiffs discover that they were affected as well, just by hearing about the lawsuit in the media. 

Do you want to know if you could be eligible to file an open class action lawsuit? Check out the list of those active lawsuits now, and contact us so we can help you. 

Talcum Powder Lawsuit 

The talcum powder lawsuit is a claim against baby talcum product manufacturers. Tens of thousands of plaintiffs from 50 states alleged that those talc products contained asbestos, a carcinogenic ingredient found in talc, but failed to warn consumers about it. They hold those companies responsible for their mesothelioma diagnoses, and other types of cancer.

To this day,  billions of dollars were awarded to claimants. Since the litigation is ongoing, plaintiffs can keep on filing lawsuits to pursue fair compensation. One of the biggest successful talc cases occurred in 2018, in St. Louis County, Missouri. The jury awarded $4.7 billion to a group of 22 plaintiffs.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Eligibility Criteria

To qualify as a plaintiff and join the class action, you need to show proof of:

  • Prolonged and daily use of a talcum powder product: you should’ve used the talcum product for at least 4 years, daily. 
  • A cancer diagnosis occurred post-2005, preferably with biopsy information in which the baby powder use can be linked to the development of the illness. The most common cases are ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. 
  • You should have been diagnosed from 22 to 65 years of age.
  • You shouldn’t be genetically predisposed to develop ovarian cancer. 

NEC Baby formula Lawsuit

Parents of preterm babies are suing baby formula companies because their children developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis, also known as NEC. The grounds for the claim are that cow-based baby formula wasn’t adequate for infants to consume and digest, causing them this severe disease. 

Plaintiffs alleged that the two main defendants, Mead Johnson, manufacturer of Enfamil, and Abbot Laboratories, Similac producer, failed to warn consumers about the risk of NEC posed by the components of their baby formula and that they even promoted the product as beneficial. 

NEC Baby Formula Lawsuit Eligibility Criteria 

To be considered to file a lawsuit for a Nec baby formula lawsuit, there are some requirements:

  • Your baby was born prematurely. This is, that he/she was born up to the 37th week of gestation.
  • The hospital staff has given your kid an Enfamil or Similac baby formula. 
  • Your premature baby was diagnosed with NEC, meningitis, sepsis, bowel amputation, bacterial infection, bloody stool, abnormal bleeding, shortness of breath, salmonella, fatigue, or if death occurred because of any of these conditions. 

Paraquat Lawsuit

People who had long-term exposure to the herbicide Paraquat and were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or other illnesses are filing lawsuits to become part of a class action, more specifically, multi-district litigation (MDL). They claim that manufacturers didn’t warn them about the risks of exposure to paraquat, and therefore, hold them responsible for their disease. To date, more than 2,000 paraquat lawsuits have been consolidated in Illinois federal court, while waiting for the first bellwether trial, scheduled for July 2023. 

Paraquat Lawsuit Eligibility Criteria

To be part of the paraquat class action lawsuit, there are a few basic requirements to meet: 

  • Proof of exposure to paraquat either as an agricultural worker, a farmland neighbor, or a similar worker. 
  • A Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis or medical proof of other chronic conditions associated with paraquat, such as liver disease. 

If you meet these two criteria, check with an experienced paraquat lawyer if there is something else you need to file this lawsuit. 

Tylenol Lawsuit

Acetaminophen, also known by its brand name Tylenol, was discovered to be potentially dangerous to baby development, allegedly causing them to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, also called ADHD. 

This is why women who frequently used this drug during pregnancy and whose kids developed these disorders, are suing Tylenol manufacturers and distributors. Right now, all Tylenol and other generic acetaminophen lawsuits are being transferred to a single multidistrict litigation (MDL), and they are expected to reach thousands.

Tylenol Lawsuit Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible to sue and join the Tylenol class action if:

  • You consumed Tylenol or generic acetaminophen during the two final trimesters of the pregnancy.
  • Your child has since been diagnosed with any of these two conditions, ASD or ADHD.

Although these requirements may be enough, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer. Let us know if you need our assistance with your potential case. 

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit 

Plaintiffs who filed this lawsuit argue that hernia mesh products were defective and caused their injuries, such as bowel and nerve damage, which leads them to severe health complications and surgical interventions. 

To this day, more than 18,000 hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed, most of them transferred to a class action MDL (multidistrict litigation). This makes it the third biggest mass tort case in the country. 

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Eligibility Criteria

For starters, there are some demands to qualify for this case. Those are (but may not be limited to):

  • Serious side effects or complications due to a hernia mesh surgical intervention, such as adhesions, intestinal blockage, hernia recurrence, mesh migration, and infection, all of it past 30 days from the date of the surgery. 
  • Additional surgery because of complications.

Although these class action lawsuits are still open, it is better to get a consultation before the deadline established by the statute of limitations of your state.