Dangerous Drug Lawsuit Seeks Blames Children's Tylenol for Toddler's Death

December 31, 1969

The family of 2-year-old River Moore is suing Johnson & Johnson for his wrongful death. The toddler died from liver failure last July after taking Children's Tylenol (the Very Berry Strawberry flavor) for his mild fever. River started spitting blood 30 minutes after and he was rushed to a hospital.

According to his family's dangerous drug lawyer, the medication has too much acetaminophen and this damaged River's liver. The Children's Tylenol that River was given was from a batch that was recalled in April 2010. (In a statement issued at the time, J & J acknowledged that some of the medications have a higher concentration of certain active ingredients than what is noted.)

The drug manufacturer said it notified doctors, consumers, regulators, and retailers about the announcement right away. However, Courthouse News reports that in their dangerous drug complaint, Katy and Daniel Moore are claiming that not only did the defendants disregard poor manufacturing conditions, but also, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare had contractors secretly go to stores that carried the tainted products and purchase all of them in an attempt to keep the recall a low profile one.

The Moores are accusing J & J of numerous offenses, including breach of warranty, recklessness, infliction of emotional distress, willful and reckless behavior causing death, and conspiracy. They are also suing three J & J subsidiaries, J & J CEO William Weldon, other company executives, ex- consumer health business head Colleen Goggins, and distributors and retailers who handled the drug. The family wants compensatory damages, punitive damages, interest, and payment of their legal fees.

"Unfortunately, there are prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that end up causing thousands of deaths each year because drug manufacturers prioritized profits over people," said Orange County, California dangerous drug lawyer Vincent Howard. "It is our job to help our clients successfully navigate our complex legal system so they can receive the compensation that they are owed."

The Children's Tylenol recall is one of more than two dozen recalls that J & J has announced since September 2009. The nonprescription meds Motrin, Tylenol, and Benadryl are among these drugs.

"While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a child, it can allow you to hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions," said Anaheim dangerous drug attorney Vincent Howard.

Couple says defective recalled Children's Tylenol killed 2-year-old son; J&J disputes that, The Washington Post/AP, January 5, 2011

Grieving Parents Blast J&J 'Stealth Recall', Courthouse News Services, January 4, 2012

More Blog Posts:
Yasmin/Yaz Birth Control Pills: FDA Advisory Panel Advises Including Blood Clot Warning on Their Labels, California Injury Lawyers, December 31, 2011

$48.1M Los Angeles Products Liability Verdict Awarded to Man That Took Motrin and Developed SJS and TEN, California Injury Lawyers, October 7, 2011

Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel is Worried about the Number of Injuries Linked to Fosamax, California Injury Lawyers, September 16, 2011

California products liability law allows the victims of defective/dangerous products to obtain personal injury recovery for the harm they have suffered. In Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County, Contact Howard Law, PC and ask to speak with Anaheim products liability attorney Vincent Howard.