Johnson & Johnson's Settlement For Infants’ Tylenol Could Owe You Money
Anyone who's purchased Infants' Tylenol in the last six years may be eligible for a settlement payment from Johnson & Johnson. A class-action lawsuit filed against the company in early 2019 alleged that it deceived customers through its packaging and marketing of Infants' Tylenol. Although the Johnson & Johnson settlement for Infants' Tylenol will see some customers recoup a bit of their money, it does not represent an admission of wrongdoing.
A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson in February 2019, according to Fast Company. The lawsuit alleged Johnson & Johnson used strategic packaging — specifically, a picture of a woman holding a baby and the word "infants" — to deceive consumers into believing its Infants' Tylenol was a different or unique product despite it containing the same concentration of liquid acetaminophen as the company's Children's Tylenol product.
As a result, the lawsuit alleged consumers overpaid for Infants' Tylenol. (A 2 fluid ounce bottle of Infants' Tylenol currently retails at Target.com for $8.79 while a 4 fluid ounce bottle of Children's Tylenol is priced at $5.99, both contains 160 mg of acetaminophen per 5mL dose. Similar prices were also found at Walmart.com.)
Although Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a settlement of $6.3 million, the company has continued to deny all allegations of deception and maintains the safety and dosage features of its Infants' Tylenol make it a different product than Children's Tylenol.
"Infants' Tylenol comes with an accompanying syringe for safe dosing of very young children and is therefore a different product from Children's Tylenol," a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson tells Romper. "This matter has nothing to do with the safety, efficacy, or quality of Infants' or Children's Tylenol. Tylenol is the number 1 pediatrician recommended brand for pain reliever and fever reducer, relied on by families for more than 60 years."
As part of the proposed settlement, however, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to modify Infants' Tylenol packaging and commit to educating and informing consumers to the fact that both medicines contain the same concentration of liquid acetaminophen.
To submit a claim for settlement payment you must have purchased at least one bottle of Infants' Tylenol for personal use between Oct. 3, 2014 and Jan. 6, 2020. Each claimant will receive $2.15 for every 1 and 2 fluid ounce bottle they purchased. While claimants with proof of purchase can claim an unlimited number of bottles, claimants unable to provide proof of purchase can claim a maximum of seven bottles, or $15.05.
All claims must be submitted through this online claim form by April 13, 2020.