Elanco and Bayer Settle $15M Lawsuit over Seresto Flea and Tick Collars

Elanco Animal Health and Bayer agree to a $15 million settlement over claims of misrepresenting the effectiveness and safety of their Seresto Flea and Tick Collars. The settlement provides compensation to eligible consumers who purchased the product, with payments ranging from $13 to $300 depending on the circumstances.

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Elanco and Bayer Settle $15M Lawsuit over Seresto Flea and Tick Collars

Elanco and Bayer Settle $15M Lawsuit over Seresto Flea and Tick Collars

Elanco Animal Health and Bayer have reached a $15 million settlement agreement to resolve claims that they misrepresented the effectiveness and safety of their Seresto Flea and Tick Collars. The settlement comes in response to a class action lawsuit accusing the companies of overstating the collars' eight-month effectiveness and failing to disclose potential health risks to pets, including neurological damage and death in some cases.

Why this matters: This settlement highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in the pet care industry, where products can have a significant impact on animal welfare. The outcome of this lawsuit may also influence how pet owners make informed decisions about the products they use on their pets, and could lead to increased scrutiny of similar products on the market.

Under the terms of the settlement, eligible U.S. residents who purchased a Seresto collar before July 8, 2024, for personal use and not resale, can receive a one-time payment. Claimants with proof of purchase can claim an unlimited number of collars at $13 each. Those without proof can claim up to two collars per pet, receiving $26 per pet.

Pet owners who can verify their pet was injured while wearing the Seresto collar may be entitled to an additional $25 for economic losses or 100% reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical costs. For owners whose pets died in connection with the collar, the settlement offers a $300 payment along with full reimbursement for medical, burial, and cremation expenses.

The deadline for submitting claims through the settlement website is July 23, 2024, which also marks the last day to opt out of the open agreement. A final hearing on the case is scheduled for December 4, 2024. Class action lawsuits like this one allow groups of people to collectively bring claims against a company or entity for alleged wrongdoing affecting a large number of individuals.

Seresto Flea and Tick Collars, developed by Bayer and now sold by Elanco following its 2020 acquisition of Bayer's animal health division, have faced scrutiny over safety concerns in recent years. A 2021 investigative report found the collars were linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths and over 75,000 incidents of harm since their introduction in 2012.

Despite the settlement, both Elanco and Bayer maintain the safety and efficacy of Seresto collars when used as directed. In agreeing to the $15 million payout, the companies have not admitted to any wrongdoing or liability. The settlement aims to resolve legal claims and provide compensation to eligible consumers who purchased the product.