Gerber Customers Win Class Cert. In Skin Irritant Suit

Law360, New York (December 19, 2011, 2:32 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday certified a statewide class of consumers who purchased tagless children's apparel from Gerber Childrenswear LLC in a suit accusing the company of not disclosing that its garments contained a large amount of skin irritants.

The lawsuit, filed in 2009, claims Gerber hid from customers that its clothing contained phthalates, chemicals that can cause skin irritation and, in some instances, cause children to break out in rashes. According to the complaint, irritation occurred where an infant's skin came in contact with...
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