Mattel and Fisher-Price defeat putative nationwide consumer class action lawsuits
Clients Mattel, Inc. and Fisher-Price, Inc.
On February 2, 2016, Mattel, Inc. and Fisher-Price, Inc. defeated plaintiffs' motion for class certification of dozens of consumer protection claims under the laws of several different states pending in the Northern District of Alabama. Plaintiffs alleged that the companies failed to disclose to consumers that their popular infant product, the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, has a propensity to develop mold. After extensive discovery, briefing and a lengthy hearing the Court denied plaintiffs' motion for class certification from the bench.
In 2015, Mattel and Fisher-Price successfully opposed certification of a nationwide class or alternative statewide classes pursuing nearly identical claims in consolidated actions in California.
Harris v. Fisher-Price, No. cv-13-00076 (N.D. Ala.); Torpey v. Mattel, No. 13-01700-DSF (C.D. Cal.); Butler v. Mattel, 13-00306-DSF (C.D. Cal.)