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The ongoing NEC baby formula case involves lawsuits against manufacturers of cow's-milk based formulas, primarily Enfamil and Similac, by parents of infants diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a severe gastrointestinal condition that can be fatal, particularly affecting premature infants. The litigation gained significant attention when Keller Postman secured a $60 million jury verdict, the first to hold formula manufacturers accountable for causing NEC in premature infants. This verdict was awarded to Jasmine Watson, whose son died from NEC after being fed Mead Johnson’s Enfamil formula. The case has set a precedent and is one of the largest compensatory damages awards in Illinois state history【21†source】.

As of March 2024, there are 405 necrotizing enterocolitis baby formula lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois. The litigation is still in its initial stages, with no approved settlements or jury verdicts beyond the aforementioned case. The focus of these lawsuits is on the failure of baby formula manufacturers to warn consumers about the risk of NEC associated with their products【23†source】.

The lawsuits target several specific formula products from both Enfamil and Similac brands, claiming these products increase the risk of NEC in premature infants. Among the products cited in the lawsuits are Enfamil NeoPro EnfaCare Infant Formula, Enfamil Premature Infant Formula, Similac NeoSure, Similac Special Care, and others. Plaintiffs argue that manufacturers should have provided warnings about these risks, as NEC can lead to severe complications including intestinal tissue death, sepsis, and potentially fatal blood infections【22†source】.

Families affected by NEC due to baby formula consumption are seeking legal action for compensation. Qualifications for filing a lawsuit include having a premature infant diagnosed with NEC after being fed the implicated formulas. Despite the serious nature of these allegations, neither Enfamil nor Similac formulas have been recalled specifically for their link to NEC, although there have been recalls for other reasons, including potential bacterial infection【23†source】.

This case highlights the importance of informed choice and safety in infant nutrition, especially for the most vulnerable populations such as premature babies.

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