The cases against McNeil, which share the same legal wording, allege that the company risked the lives of consumers by making “conscious decisions not to redesign, re-label, warn or inform the unsuspecting consuming public.”
The lawsuits have been consolidated under a single federal judge to streamline the pretrial process, though they will eventually be returned to judges in their original districts for trial.
J&J and McNeil continue to reiterate that Tylenol is safe. “We remain confident in the safety and efficacy of Tylenol products, which rightfully have been trusted by doctors, hospitals and consumers for more than 50 years,” McNeil said in a statement.
But lawyers for the patients suing McNeil say Tylenol can still be dangerous even when used at or just above recommended levels.
“Products that are available to consumers should have a reasonable margin of safety,” said Laurence Berman, one of several attorneys representing Tylenol users.