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Hyland’s Homeopathic Baby Products Class Action Lawsuit

This class action alleges that Hyland’s, Inc. and its parent company Standard Homeopathic Company violated state consumer protection laws and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by negligently representing their homeopathic products as able to cure baby ailments. It also alleges that Hyland's sells the remedies as "natural" even though they contain ingredients that are not natural.

California based corporations Hyland's, Inc. and its parent company, Standard Homeopathic Company (the “Companies”), develop and manufacture homeopathic medicines in the United States.  The Companies offer products for ailments such as stress/sleep, pain relief, women’s health, digestion, cough/cold, first aid, skin, and child products including teething tablets and topicals.  Company products tare sold in chain drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, natural product stores, and supercenters.

New York resident Marie Kaatz purchased Hyland products online and California resident Abigail Gagliardi purchased Hyland products in retail stores.  They paid a premium for various homeopathic products that were represented as being safe and effective at providing natural and fast relief, including:

  • Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel
  • Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup
  • Hyland’s Baby Gas Drops
  • Hyland’s Baby Infant Earache Drops
  • Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup

On January 12, 2106,  Kaatz and Gagliardi filed a complaint (U.S. District Court Southern District of New York) on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, alleging  that Hyland’s aggressive marketing of “Natural Relief” on product packaging helped to shape consumers’  beliefs that homeopathic products are a “safer effective, natural alternative to mainstream, conventional medicine.”   Homeopathic products in general, including the Hyland Products, are alleged to contain no molecules of the purportedly active ingredients or such diluted amounts that would have no benefit.  According to the complaint, the products are simply not effective, as confirmed by expert testing that revealed the diluted products cannot work.

The complaint further alleges that each of the products contains synthetic ingredients (such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate,  calcarea phosphorica, vegetable glycerin, hydroxyethycellulose and sorbic acid) that are associated with the development of severe health problems and that a reasonable customer would understand Hyland’s "natural" claim to mean that the products do not contain synthetic ingredients.

Class certification is requested for all consumers who purchased the products anywhere in the United States, and as necessary,  certification of a subclass of individuals who purchased the products in the State of New York.  

The complaint seeks damages for false, misleading and deceptive statements under state business and consumer protection statues, and breach of warranty relief under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, alleging Hyland’s was unjustly enriched by payments for products that were not as represented.  The claim requests an injunction against Hyland, treble and punitive damages, attorneys fees and expenses.

 

 

 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Hyland’s Homeopathic Baby Products Complaint

January 12, 2016

The complaint for this class action alleges that Hyland’s, Inc. and its parent company Standard Homeopathic Company violated state consumer protection laws and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by negligently representing their homeopathic products as able to cure baby ailments. Also, it alleges that Hyland's advertises its remedies as "natural" even though they contain ingredients that are not natural.

hylands_homeopathic_complaint-2.pdf

Case Event History

Hyland’s Homeopathic Baby Products Complaint

January 12, 2016

The complaint for this class action alleges that Hyland’s, Inc. and its parent company Standard Homeopathic Company violated state consumer protection laws and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by negligently representing their homeopathic products as able to cure baby ailments. Also, it alleges that Hyland's advertises its remedies as "natural" even though they contain ingredients that are not natural.

hylands_homeopathic_complaint-2.pdf
Tags: All Natural Claims, Claims Unsupported By Scientific Evidence, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels