There’s a pretty decent chance you’ve had to reach for Infants Tylenol for your little one sometime in the past 6 years. If so, you might be owed some money by Johnson & Johnson, the company that owns the Tylenol brand. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle a lawsuit that claims they misled customers with their Infants’ Tylenol. Here are the details and how to check if you’re owned money.
According to FastCompany, the original lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson claimed: “The packaging of the Infants’ Tylenol product was misleading because the product itself contained the same amount of liquid acetaminophen found in Johnson & Johnson’s Children’s Tylenol, yet the Infant’s Tylenol cost more.”
And that’s no joke. One of the things I used to countdown to when my kids were little was hitting the age where they can use regular Children’s Tylenol instead of the small but pricier bottles of Infants’ Tylenol that came with the dropper. Turns out, many of us didn’t realize the formulation was precisely the same for both.
Plaintiffs of the original lawsuit said that the packaging of Infants’ Tylenol, including the name “Infants’ Tylenol” and the accompanying photo of a mom holding a baby, made parents believe the formulation was different from the Children’s Tylenol which didn’t have a baby on the box. This led parents and consumers to overpay time and again because the price point and amount in each bottle was very different.
Johnson & Johnson have agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit but has denied any wrongdoing. They did say that they will use “reasonably diligent efforts” to change the Infants’ Tylenol packaging going forward. And they’ve agreed to a $6.3 million settlement.
Anyone who purchased Infants’ Tylenol between October 2014 and January 6, 2020, can file to receive a portion of that multi-million dollar settlement. If you have proof of purchase, you can receive $2.15 for every 1 or 2oz bottle you purchased.
Chances are most of us who purchased Infants’ Tylenol didn’t keep our receipts, but you’re still eligible to claim part of the money. Without proof, you can claim up to 7 bottles for a max payout of $15.05.
All claims must be submitted by April 13, 2020, and you can do so through the online claim form.