Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Class Action Suit

ATTENTION

NEW YORK? On November 15, 2001, the law firm of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri & Fearon, LLP filed the first class action lawsuit on behalf Advanced Care Brand Flea & Tick Drops for Cats (“Advanced Care Drops”) users against The Hartz Mountain Corp. (“Hartz”). The complaint was filed on behalf of Dr. Judy VanWyk and all other consumers of Hartz Advanced Care Drops who have been injured by Defendants’ improper acts and practices. The class action complaint seeks to recover compensatory damages as well as equitable relief to permanently enjoin Defendant Hartz from the sale, manufacture and/or distribution of Advanced Care Drops and other relief. If you would like to be involved in the action or would simply like to receive updates about the progress of this suit via e-mail, please fill out the Consumer Information Form/Questionnaire we have prepared by
clicking here. If you would like to contact us directly, please send an e-mail to
[email protected] or call Anthony Vozzolo, Esq. at (877)247-4292 or (212)983-9330. Additionally, we are investigating similar problems with other Hartz products and would also like to know about your experiences. Please keep us informed of your experiences by completing a Consumer Information Form/Questionnaire which can be found on the firm’s website at
www.faruqilaw.com.

Flea Control Product Could Poison Pets – Class-Action Lawsuit Filed

Via Houston’s
KPRC
– November 22, 2002

HOUSTON — A product that pet owners use to protect their furry friends may cause serious harm, News2Houston reported Thursday.

A few drops of a flea control product that are administered on a pet’s back may be poisoning them because of the toxins inside, which could be too strong for cats.

Some pet owners and veterinarians are calling for the product, Hartz Care Advanced Flea and Tick Drops Plus, to be pulled from store shelves.

Last May, Bob Murphy applied the drops to his cat, Little Guy. Within days, he said Little Guy became extremely ill.

“Instead of meowing or anything, he just kind of had a guttural-type sound, like he was in pain,” Murphy said.

A trip to the emergency room showed that the cat suffered from toxic poisoning, the same kind that caused another cat, Kirby, to have seizures.

The common link — an insecticide named phenothrin, which is the primary ingredient found in some flea and tick products.

“They can’t detoxify it as well so it builds up in their blood stream and when it does that, it causes toxic signs of the nervous system,” said Dr. William Folger, a veterinarian with Memorial Cat Hospital.

Folger said the toxins could lead to coma or death.

“Think of this as a human drug and 40 or 50 deaths have been reported, this drug would already be off the market,” Folger said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating Hartz due to the number, severity and consistency of adverse reaction to the product. The agency strongly recommends that proposed labeling on the package not be accepted. Officials said that they found it confusing, possibly “causing pet owners to delay treatment of potentially fatal neurological signs of toxicity.”

Hartz sent News2Houston the following response.

“We would not expect following package directions and applying the appropriate dosage to cause any adverse reactions.”

“We stand firmly behind these products,” a Hartz spokesman said.

After months of treatment, Little Guy is on the road to recovery, though he still suffers from lingering neurological problems.

Hartz sent Murphy a reimbursement check of $1,735.50 to cover medical costs.

Hartz is reportedly working on the wording on the back of its product.

More than 350 pet owners have joined together in a class-action lawsuit against Hartz, according to News2Houston.

Experts said that pet owners should look for the following warning signs.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Facial twitching
  • Loss of balance
  • Coma

Any pets that exhibit the warning signs should be taken for treatment immediately.