Necrotizing Enterocolitis “NEC” Class Action

Cow’s-milk-based formulas increase the risk of NEC

Rice Harbut Elliott LLP has commenced proceedings in a proposed class action lawsuit, representing premature infants who ingested cow’s-milk-based formulas sold by the Defendants in Canada, and their parents/guardians.


This proposed class action arises out of concerns relating to the increased risks of the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (“NEC”) in premature infants who ingest cow’s milk-based formulas. NEC is an infection and inflammation of the intestine, which occurs when harmful bacteria breach the walls of the intestine, causing portions of the intestine to become inflamed and often result in tissue death.

The claim alleges that ingestion of cow’s-milk-based formulas manufactured by the Defendants significantly increases the risk of developing NEC in premature infants, and that the Defendants knew about this risk but failed to advise parents, guardians, and health care providers.

Please see the Notice of Civil Claim for more details.

Damages will be sought both for premature infants who ingested the formulas, and their parents/guardians relating to the mental distress occasioned by the Defendants’ failure to disclose the risks of developing NEC. The Plaintiffs may also be entitled to compensation pursuant to consumer protection legislation.

If your child was born prematurely and suffered injuries as a result of ingestion of cow’s-milk-based formulas, you may be affected by this class action lawsuit. Please fill out the form below to get in touch with us. Joining our contact list creates no financial obligation and we will keep all the information that you provide to us confidential.

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