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Canine Death Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

June 29, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

The death of one dog and injury to another dog in Iowa resulted in a class-action lawsuit stemming from a flea and tick treatment product. The lawsuit filed by two dog owners in U.S. District Court alleges that Sergeant’s brand Silver Flea and Tick Squeeze-On product caused their dogs’ injuries and death.

According to the complaint, one plaintiff applied the tick treatment to her poodle in May 2009. She then took the dog to a friend’s house to play with her friend’s dog. Fifteen minutes later, one of the dogs began shaking and having a seizure. The other dog began to seize and they took both dogs to a vet. One dog died a few hours later, and the other dog remained severely ill.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendant’s flea and tick treatment is a defective product, and that the defendant failed to warn consumers about the dangerous side effects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that dog owners wait until the product is dry after application before their dog has contact with other pets.

The plaintiffs request a refund or replacement product for consumers who purchased the product, in addition to financial compensation for vet bills.

Consult a Florida class action lawyer if you or a loved one suffers injuries from a dangerous or defective consumer product. A Florida attorney can protect your individual rights in any large-scale class action litigation.