FeganScott filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals and their children affected by improper vaccine storage. On April 6, 2020, Essentia Health notified approximately 50,000 patients, allegedly in North Dakota and Minnesota, that their medications or vaccines might have been compromised due to improper storage temperatures at a distributor.
Although Essentia Health offered to revaccinate free of charge, the suit argues the free vaccines are worthless because certain medications cannot be re-administered, such as annual flu vaccines.
The suit also claims that Essentia Health refuses to disclose the identity of the distributor, and the steps it has implemented to ensure the proper storage and handling of vaccines.
The lawsuit seeks to represent all those who paid for or were administered the affected medications at Essentia Health, and, as a result, are at increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.
On December 3, 2020 the Court denied Essentia’s motion to dismiss and rejected Essentia’s argument that the Plaintiffs have not suffered an injury.
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