Lawsuits Allege Purell and Germ-X Falsely Represent They Can Prevent Coronavirus

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Hand Sanitizer Lawsuits

With all the recent news and shoppers being unable to find stores with hand sanitizer in stock, you may find these new lawsuits very interesting. There have been new class action lawsuits filed in Federal Court against Germ-X and Purell for misleading consumers to believe that hand sanitizer can prevent coronavirus by making false claims and misrepresentations.

Details

The Plaintiffs in the Germ-X suit claim that they were deceived by Germ-X marketing that the products can reduce the chance of infection from the flu and other viruses – including Coronavirus.

The plaintiffs in one of the Purell suits claim that they falsely advertised the products as being protective against diseases such as the flu, MRSA and Ebola.

The suits against the companies cite a recent warning from the FDA to Purell as a basis for some of their claims. The FDA has issued a warning to GoJo, makers of Purell, (which is “nearly identical” to Germ-X according to the Germ-X lawsuit) against making the types of claims the lawsuit is alleging the companies have made. From the FDA statement:

“These statements, made in the context of the Frequently Asked Questions section, clearly indicate your suggestion that PURELL® Healthcare Advanced Hand Sanitizers are intended for reducing or preventing disease from the Ebola virus, norovirus, and influenza. As such, the statements are evidence of your products’ intended uses. However, FDA is currently not aware of any adequate and well-controlled studies demonstrating that killing or decreasing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin by a certain magnitude produces a corresponding clinical reduction in infection or disease caused by such bacteria or virus.”

Who is Affected?

The Germ-X lawsuit is seeking to represent California residents who purchased Germ-X within the last four years. The Purell lawsuits are seeking to represent those in the US who have purchased Purell.

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Here’s a link to the full Germ-X Class Action Complaint: David, et al. v. Vi-Jon Inc. d/b/a Germ-X, Case No. 3:20-cv-99999, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Here’s the link for the Complaint Against Gojo Industries (Makers of Purell): Magdiela Gonzalez, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
– against Gojo Industries, Inc., (Defendant)

HT: Top Class Actions and ClassAction.Org

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  1. Count on the class action lawyers to thrive in (and on) the worst of times. It’s true about cockroaches surviving just about anything.

  2. Lawyers and judges are cancer. They enable this type of thing where frivolous lawsuits are pushed on so many companies and professions. People complain about medical care costs in the U.S. but unlike every other country in the world medical malpractice insurance makes up 30% of the cost here. No one with any reason is buying these products because they think it guarantees no infection.

  3. @ Bethany — I just looked at the ingredients of my Purell and it says 70% alcohol. The CDC guideline is to use 70%+ alcohol hand sanitizer as a way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. This lawsuit is frivolous, and the attorneys who filed it should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Could agree more. That said, CDC website says 60% alcohol (pasted below):

      If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      Why? Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers 16,20. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol 1) may not work equally well for many types of germs; and 2) merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.

  4. I guess I’m just being thick here but I heard a noted epidemiologist with the CDC on the radio say that hand sanitizer does kill viruses if the sanitizer is over 60% alcohol. If she was wrong and that’s not the case, why do hospitals have the stuff all over the place? If it doesn’t work and people think it does, it would be worse than nothing since people would gain a false sense of security.

    • I agree. This feels like a cash grab for plaintiffs attorneys and I suspect that the site is being compensated for each person who signs up through their link. If true, it’s disgusting.

  5. Are you being compensated for people who sign up to a part of the class action suit? This feels like a repugnant play from an ambulance chaser but please prove me wrong.

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