Santa Clara, CA: Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is seeking final approval of a $5 million settlement of a consumer fraud class action lawsuit pending against it for alleged false advertising of certain bed and bath products.
If approved, the settlement would end nearly five years of litigation. The original lawsuit was filed by a mother in Illinois in July 2015, and combined with other similar suits, which claimed Johnson & Johnson had violated Illinois' Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by labeling and advertising its bedtime bath products as "clinically proven" to help babies sleep better, even though the products had not been shown to have that effect. The class covers consumers who purchased J&J bedtime products for home use within the United States or any U.S. territories from July 1, 2010, through August 31, 2016.
The agreement received preliminary approval in August 2016. According to the terms, J&J would pay $5 million and revise the language on its packaging of its bedtime bath products.
The case is Leiner v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., case number 1:15-cv-05876, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois.