Keller Postman Achieves Historic $60 Million Verdict in Infant Formula Litigation

March 14, 2024


Chicago, IL, 3/14/2024 – Keller Postman has secured a $60 million jury verdict in the very first trial to hold manufacturers of cow’s-milk based formula accountable for causing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. The St. Clair, Illinois jury unanimously found that KP client Jasmine Watson deserved meaningful compensation after she proved that Mead Johnson’s Enfamil formula tragically caused her son to die from NEC.

This verdict confirms what Mead Johnson has known for years: cow’s-milk based baby formula causes NEC in preterm infants, often with fatal consequences. The jury validated what every reasonable person thinks: Abbott and Mead’s baby formula should not kill babies,” said Ben Whiting, Partner of Keller Postman. “For good reason, we believe this is the largest compensatory damages award ever in St. Clair County and stands as one of the most substantial in Illinois state history.

Keller Postman is representing thousands of families across the United States, with cases filed in Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. The firm will continue to litigate aggressively to ensure that its clients receive just compensation and that future parents are fully warned that breast milk, donor milk, and human milk-based formulas offer safer alternatives to Defendants’ products for preterm infants.

Keller Postman’s attorney team includes Ashley Keller, Ben Whiting, and Amelia Frenkel. In Watson, they partnered with Sean Grimsley and a superlative team of professionals at Olson Grimsley, as well as Dave Cates from The Cates Law Firm, LLC.

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