Minn. Ruling Saps Power Of Genetic Links In Food Suits

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 8:09 PM EST) -- In nixing an infant formula contamination suit against Mead Johnson & Co. LLC last week, a Minnesota federal judge said a genetic test was insufficient to link the product to the illness — an unprecedented finding that could offer companies a new way out of foodborne-illness litigation.

U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen granted summary judgment to Mead on Feb. 27 in a suit brought on behalf of an infant who allegedly suffered severe brain damage as a result of ingesting the company's Enfamil formula. Plaintiff Scott...
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