Philips CPAP Litigation MDL 3014

About this Litigation

On June 14, 2021, Philips initiated a recall affecting millions of its CPAP, Bi-PAP, and mechanical ventilator devices. The company recalled the machines because of health risks from defective polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound-reducing foam liner. The foam was found to degrade, especially in hot and humid environments, and release black particles and toxic chemicals into device air pathways that can cause negative health effects, including cancer and serious respiratory problems.

While Philips waited until last year to initiate the recall, they allegedly knew about foam degradation issues with the recalled devices as far back as 2015. The company investigated the problem of foam degradation internally, concluding the foam represents a “significant biological risk to patients,” but chose not to notify relevant regulatory authorities. The lawsuits allege Philips put its own profits above the health and wellbeing of patients.

Patients across the United States have filed individual personal injury lawsuits seeking compensation for injuries sustained while using defective Philips devices. In addition, a number of class-action lawsuits have been filed seeking economic damages for the cost of replacing defective Philips devices, as well as medical monitoring for the increased risk of future health issues. These legal actions were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) before Judge Joy Flowers Conti in the Western District of Pennsylvania on October 8, 2021.

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