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Family Dollar Warehouse Rodent Infestation Contamination Class Action

Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., are sued by this class action, which alleges that their stores in certain states sell products “that may be contaminated by virtue of a rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions…” The stores at issue are located in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri, served by Family Dollar Distribution Center 202 in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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

The complaint quotes Family Dollar’s website as saying that the company hopes to be “[t]he best small-format value and convenience retailer, serving the need of [its] shoppers in the neighborhoods [it]serves.”

Family Dollar stores sell such things as over-the-counter medicines, medical devices, supplements, cosmetics, and food for humans and pets.

In February 2022, Family Dollar temporarily shut down over 400 of its stores, following a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection that turned up a rodent infestation inside the distribution center, and issued a recall of certain FDA-regulated products, including drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and food.

On February 18 of that month, the FDA put out an FDA Alert for people who’d bought products at the stores, offering initial safety recommendations and warnings.

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

A New York Times article noted that the FDA inspection found both living rodents and dead ones (“in various states of decay,” according to the FDA investigation), plus droppings, signs of gnawing and nesting, and products stored in ways that did not protect them from the unsanitary conditions.

The complaint quotes the article as saying, “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 was found on or near pallets [of] food at the Distribution Facility.”

The complaint alleges that the company “had actual knowledge of the Rodent Infestation since at least March 29, 2021” and should have known about it even earlier than that, because they had an obligation to inspect their distribution centers and other facilities, but they did not warn customers about the contaminated products.

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.

The counts include fraudulent concealment and violations of state consumer protection laws, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Family Dollar Warehouse Rodent Infestation Contamination Complaint

March 4, 2022

Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., are sued by this class action, which alleges that their stores in certain states sell products “that may be contaminated by virtue of a rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions…” The stores at issue are located in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri, served by Family Dollar Distribution Center 202 in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Family Dollar Warehouse Rodent Infestation Contamination Complaint

Case Event History

Family Dollar Warehouse Rodent Infestation Contamination Complaint

March 4, 2022

Family Dollar, Inc. and its parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc., are sued by this class action, which alleges that their stores in certain states sell products “that may be contaminated by virtue of a rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions…” The stores at issue are located in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri, served by Family Dollar Distribution Center 202 in West Memphis, Arkansas.

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