FTC, Gerber Settle Anti-Allergy Lawsuit
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its lawsuit alleging that Gerber Products Co. made false claims about the anti-allergy benefits of Good Start Gentle infant formula, according to an order terminating the action. FTC v. Gerber Prods. Co., No. 14-6771 (D.N.J., entered April 30, 2019). FTC filed the action in response to Gerber’s claims that its formula was “the first and only infant formula” that could claim to reduce the risk of developing allergies. Following FTC’s lawsuit, consumers made similar claims in a putative class action. The court’s order terminates the action but does not provide details about the settlement.