First Coronavirus Consumer Class Action Filed on the Left Coast

About the only thing certain in these uncertain times is consumer class action litigators’ ability to cobble together a lawsuit based on the Coronavirus.  Just as with the Ebola crisis a  few years ago, it appears that the Left Coast also has the first Coronavirus consumer class action lawsuit. 

Filed just last week, the lawsuit alleges that a manufacturer of hand sanitizers is marketing its product in a deceptive manner, suggesting that it is effective in killing the coronavirus. Plaintiff points to the fact that the FDA issued a warning letter raising these types of concerns in January.  The lawsuit is a reminder that advertising statements that conceivably influence a consumer’s buying decision–such as a product’s efficacy–can be the basis of a consumer protection lawsuit. The lawsuit is styled David v. Vi-Jon, Inc. (S.D. Cal. Case No. 3:20-cv-99999)

Author: Kent Schmidt

As a Partner in the Southern California office, Kent practices in virtually all types of general business litigation, with an emphasis in unfair business practices, First Amendment litigation, defamation, trade secret litigation, class actions, product liability, securities litigation and enforcement, commercial disputes, employment law, intellectual property and Prop 65 (environmental) claims. He is an aggressive and creative courtroom advocate, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Having spent his entire legal career at Dorsey, Kent is adept at finding the right lawyers in the firm to collaborate with in order to provide the best representation for his clients.