Law360 (May 14, 2021, 2:12 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge has consolidated several lawsuits alleging that Hain Celestial Group Inc.'s baby foods contain toxic heavy metals and it hid this from consumers, while excising similar claims against Gerber Products Co. from consolidation.
In an order filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert consolidated 13 suits within the Eastern District of New York under the case led by named plaintiff Nicole Stewart, each alleging consumer protection claims against Hain Celestial.
The judge also put aside suits alleging personal injury resulting from the allegedly tainted baby food, saying those will be consolidated under a different action.
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