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Family Dollar Rodent Infestation in Warehouse Class Action

This class action alleges that products sold by Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., may be contaminated because of a “rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions.” The complaint alleges that the source of the contamination is a distribution center located in West Memphis, Arkansas that serves stores in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri.

Six classes have been proposed for this action:

  • The Alabama Class is all persons living in Alabama who, during the maximum period permitted by law, bought products from Family Dollar or Dollar Tree.
  • The Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas Classes are the same except for the names of the respective states.

Family Dollar’s website, as quoted by the complaint, claims that the chain aspires to be “[t]he best small-format value and convenience retailer, serving the need of [its] shoppers in the neighborhoods [it]serves.” Among the goods it sells are over-the-counter medicines, medical devices, supplements, cosmetics, and food for humans and pets.

On or around February 18, 2022, Family Dollar temporarily shut down more than 400 of its stores, following a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection that the complaint alleges turned up rodent problems inside the distribution center. The company also recalled certain FDA-regulated products, including drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and food.

The complaint quotes a New York Times article: “A recent Food and Drug Administration inspection of the facility … found live and dead rodents ‘in various states of decay,’ rodent droppings, evidence of gnawing and nesting, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against these unsanitary conditions…”

The article, as quoted in the complaint, further says, “A fumigation of the facility last month revealed more than 1,100 dead rodents, and a review of company records indicated the collection of more than 2,300 rodents from late March to September, ‘demonstrating a history of infestation,’ the [FDA] said.”

“According to the FDA report,” the complaint alleges, “rodent urine (and odor), nesting materials, rodent carcasses, and excreta [were] found on or near pallets [of] food at the Distribution Facility.”

Dangers associated with rodents, the complaint claims, include the presence of salmonella, which can cause serious or fatal sickness in infants, children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

This was not the only occasion when Family Dollar stores closed because of rodent infestations, the complaint alleges. It refers to a report from WMUR9 News in New Hampshire as saying that closures of Family Dollar stores in recent years have occurred in Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, and New York.

The complaint claims that the companies knew or should have known about the rodent infestation, because they had an obligation to inspect their facilities for issues related to safety or health.

Because of the contamination from the rodents, the complaint alleges that the goods bought by customers did not meet their ordinary expectations of quality and even posed a health risk to those who handled or used them.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Family Dollar Rodent Infestation in Warehouse Complaint

March 7, 2022

This class action alleges that products sold by Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., may be contaminated because of a “rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions.” The complaint alleges that the source of the contamination is a distribution center located in West Memphis, Arkansas that serves stores in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri.

Family Dollar Rodent Infestation in Warehouse Complaint

Case Event History

Family Dollar Rodent Infestation in Warehouse Complaint

March 7, 2022

This class action alleges that products sold by Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., may be contaminated because of a “rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions.” The complaint alleges that the source of the contamination is a distribution center located in West Memphis, Arkansas that serves stores in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri.

Family Dollar Rodent Infestation in Warehouse Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Fraudulent Concealment, Rodent Infestation