LAWSUITS (PUBLIC REACTION)
Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen Bill Allowing Civil
Actions For Harm Caused By Tainted Pet Food Advances
Politics NJ, NJ -
Pet owners unleash anger, information (Jun 07)
Bloggers and owners of sites such as Itchmo.com, PetConnection.com, Howl911.com, ThePetFoodList.com and PetFoodTracker.blogspot.com have been deluged by millions of pet owners who are grieving or railing or both - and digging for answers.
Just after releasing a letter to the FDA asking for a report on its pet food investigation, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., sent the same letter to six pet Web sites that have closely followed the issue. Durbin's staffers have posted information on pet blogs and solicited pet owners online for ideas about new legislation.
The FDA says it has logged about 4,100 consumer reports of pet deaths, although the number could grow as the agency makes its way through a backlog from more than 21,000 total calls. That tally, covering a two-month period, is at least three times what the agency usually gets in a year, a spokeswoman said
Main pet food recall company bullying pet owners?
Canada Free Press, Canada -
included in pet food recall lawsuit - BloggingStocks
At a previous hearing on Friday, May 18, the judge had cautioned Menu and Crawford that they should not contact people who had joined one of the lawsuits against the company. Legally, Menu cannot contact those plaintiffs directly but must go through their lawyers.
But in affidavits presented in court Wednesday, pet owners said they received calls that weekend from Crawford representatives who pressed them to answer questions even after being told the owners had hired lawyers. In some cases, the pet owners also received multiple calls from Crawford's computerized phone banks after telling representatives they were represented by attorneys, according to the affidavits.
"It appears that the company was engaging in a cynical strategy, designed to settle some of the strongest claims cheaply and induce pet owners to give up information it might be able to use to defend against others," Blim & Edelson said in a letter Friday that was sent to clients and posted on Internet blogs for pet owners.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food Companies
These manufacturers have a combined approximate 70% of the market share in the $16 billion dollar a year pet food industry. The suit also names as defendants Nutro Products, Inc., Menu Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Target Corp., Publix Supermarkets, Inc., Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., as manufacturers and marketers of their own brand pet food and retailers PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., Pet Supermarket, Inc., and Petsmart Inc.
lawsuits filed today tied to pet-food recall
Legal experts examine how much a dog's life is worth