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Seresto Flea and Tick Collar Pet Injuries and Deaths Class Action

Rhonda Bomwell bought a Seresto flea and tick collar and put it on Pierre, her Papillon service dog. Within a day and a half, Pierre had a seizure and stopped breathing. He died at just nine years of age. The complaint alleges that Elanco Animal Health, Inc., Bayer Healthcare, LLC, and two other Bayer companies are responsible for a series of animal sicknesses and deaths as well as injury to humans because of the toxic contents of the Seresto flea and tick collars.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all current or former purchasers and users of the Seresto flea and tick collars in the US. New Jersey and West Virginia Subclasses have also been defined for purchasers and users in those states.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected reports of around 1,700 deaths of pets and 75,000 other incidents relating to the Seresto collars. Included in these figures are around 1,000 reports of injuries to humans. Yet the companies have not disclosed this information to consumers and continue to sell the collars.

The complaint quotes a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, as saying that these reports show “just the tip of the iceberg.” Speaking in a USA Today article, he said, “Most of the time, people are not going to make the connection” or spend time calling around to find out what’s may be going on.

The complaint alleges that the companies “have had no interest in warning consumers because Seresto pet collars accounted for more than $300 million in 2019 revenues alone.”

Seresto purportedly works through a combination of ingredients, imidacloprid and flumenthrin, the first of which targets fleas and the second of which targets ticks.

The complaint alleges, “Significantly, during the relevant time period, the Seresto collar is the only end-use product in the nation that uses flumethrin, according to the EPA.” It claims, “Intoxication of flumethrin … can affect the nervous and muscular systems.”

The complaint quotes numerous online product reviews about injuries and deaths in pets who wore the Seresto collars.

The complaint alleges, Bayer’s 2012 and 2014 Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) indicate that, in addition to imidacloprid and flumethrin, Seresto has a third unspecified ‘Tradesecret’ ingredient that Bayer[] reference[s] under sections relating to toxicity of” the Seresto collars.

After Pierre’s death, Bomwell called Bayer to report it. “Mrs. Bomwell spoke with a Bayer employee who disclosed that Bayer receives lots of calls regarding the Seresto product and admitted pet-owner to pet-owner that there is a problem with” the Seresto collar.

Among the counts are fraud and failure to recall or retrofit.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Seresto Flea and Tick Collar Pet Injuries and Deaths Complaint

April 15, 2021

Rhonda Bomwell bought a Seresto flea and tick collar and put it on Pierre, her Papillon service dog. Within a day and a half, Pierre had a seizure and stopped breathing. He died at just nine years of age. The complaint alleges that Elanco Animal Health, Inc., Bayer Healthcare, LLC, and two other Bayer companies are responsible for a series of animal sicknesses and deaths as well as injury to humans because of the toxic contents of the Seresto flea and tick collars.

Seresto Flea and Tick Collar Pet Injuries and Deaths Complaint

Case Event History

Seresto Flea and Tick Collar Pet Injuries and Deaths Complaint

April 15, 2021

Rhonda Bomwell bought a Seresto flea and tick collar and put it on Pierre, her Papillon service dog. Within a day and a half, Pierre had a seizure and stopped breathing. He died at just nine years of age. The complaint alleges that Elanco Animal Health, Inc., Bayer Healthcare, LLC, and two other Bayer companies are responsible for a series of animal sicknesses and deaths as well as injury to humans because of the toxic contents of the Seresto flea and tick collars.

Seresto Flea and Tick Collar Pet Injuries and Deaths Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Failure to Recall or Retrofit, Fraud