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In March 2010 J&J recalled this over the counter medicine. The parents never looked at the news, newspaper or web for the next 4 months or else they would've know it was recalled before giving it to their 2 year old for a slight fever in July 2010.
Could it be that a normal dose would have not killed the child, even when there is too much of the active ingredient in it? Could it be that the parents were unaware about the recall and wanted to make sure their son's fever would definitely drop by giving him a "little extra" which in this case proved deadly because of the higher concentration of the working ingredient?
Will sueing all board members and the CEO of J&J for all the money they have, bring their son back and/or make them happy? They will be filthy rich but surely they would still be unhappy as they dont have their son to enjoy the money with?
Im sitting on the fence here. Yes J&J made an error in production. However they did what was required and issued a recall. If the parents had bought the product AFTER the recall was issued, it would be the fault of the shopowner for not removing the faulty batch off their shelves.
So maybe more are to blame than just J&J. The store owner is to blame and if the parents indeed give that little bit extra, they would be to blame too. Not to mention that as a parent I have the duty to be up to date about recalled products.
What do you think? Who is really to blame and if you were the parents, would you sue a huge company in this case?
Kudos to the parents for taking on such a large multinational company in court, I dont like their chances of winning though