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Hill's Dog Food Recall Spawns A Federal Multidistrict Litigation


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Hill's Dog Food Recall Spawns A Federal Multidistrict Litigation
By Amanda Antell
June 15, 2019
The Hill’s dog food recall has already spurred serious legal action from consumers after their dogs allegedly suffered the effects of vitamin D poisoning.

Six of these claims have already been consolidated in Kansas federal court, after the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered them to be combined due to the similar nature of the allegations. Each of the claims allege certain varieties of the company’s Science Diet and Prescription Diet canned dog food had excessive levels of vitamin D, which allegedly caused the claimants’ dogs to become ill.

The JPML creates a multidistrict litigation when it expects a large number of lawsuits to be filed against the same defendant over the same issue, a common occurrence in products liability litigation.

In addition to the six claims, there are reportedly 23 other potential lawsuits alleging similar injuries that could be brought into the consolidation.

Overview of Vitamin D Poisoning
Also known as hypervitaminosis D, vitamin D toxicity occurs when there is too much vitamin D in the body and can cause a toxic buildup of calcium.
Vitamin D poisoning can affect humans as well as dogs. While vitamin D is vital for calcium and phosphorus production, it can overwhelm the kidneys and digestive tract and cause potentially fatal problems.

Vitamin D poisoning can start affecting dogs between eight to 48 hours after ingestion. A dog may show symptoms such as:

  • increased urination
  • constipation
  • dehydration
  • dark tar-like stools
  • breathing difficulty
  • heart arrhythmia
Vitamin D poisoning in dogs typically occurs if they accidentally ingest products like rat poison that contain the supplement, but can happen in rare cases of contaminated dog foods.

The Hill’s dog food recall was announced on Jan. 31, 2019, with the company state several varieties of their Prescription Diet and Science diet canned dog foods were withdrawn from the market cause of excessive vitamin D levels.

Even though the Hill’s dog food recall was conducted, a claim from New York alleges the company should have known about the alleged vitamin D contamination as early as February 2018.

During this time, online complaints were reportedly surfacing from dog owners who stated their pets had exhibited symptoms of vitamin D poisoning. However, Hill’s reportedly “dragged its feet” on issuing the recall.

The panel reportedly assigned United States District Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson, and the litigation is expected to proceed. There was initially some dispute over which district the consolidation would take place but ultimately concluded Kansas would be convenient for most parties in the MDL with Hill’s reportedly headquartered in the state.

In addition, eight of the potential Hill’s dog food lawsuits are currently pending in that district.

The first six lawsuits in the Hill’s Dog Food Multidistrict Litigation are:

  • Bone et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-00831, in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Russel et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition et al., Case No. 3:19-cv-00395, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Jubinville et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-00074, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • Navarrete v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Case No. 3:19-cv-00767, Sun-Dampier v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Case No. 3:19-cv-00819,
  • Bauer et al. v. Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Case No. 3:19-cv-00908, all in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Join a Free Hill’s Pet Nutrition Dog Food Recall Class Action Lawsuit Investigation
If you purchased Hill’s Science Diet or Prescription Diet canned dog food, you may qualify to join this Hill’s dog food recall class action lawsuit investigation.


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Incredibly unsettling! I’ve read some truly heartbreaking stories:( It happens much too often. Vastly overpriced and endorsed by vets worldwide.

Vet’s prescribe this for after surgery, kidney care, Liver care, diabetes....the list is endless. What is it doing? Killing your animals.

Profit over pets :mad: