Sauder Schelkopf LLC is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against GRACO, the Minnesota-based baby product company, following widespread reports in March 2023 that many popular, everyday baby products reportedly contain dangerous “forever chemicals” that are scientifically proven to cause cancer, birth defects, and other serious health conditions.
- Graco Quick Connect Waterproof Playard Sheets, Aqua
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Hundreds of everyday products are made with highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances), PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), and/or PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate). These chemicals are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals.” Examples of everyday products that contain harmful forever chemicals are: nonstick cookware, paper and cardboard products used to wrap or contain fast food, baked goods, etc., stain-resistance furniture and carpets, clothing labeled as stain or water-repellent, and even cosmetics and personal care products such as makeup, sunscreen, shampoo, and shaving cream.
Through the widespread sale and use of these everyday items over the course of the past 2-4 decades, the harmful forever chemicals contained in them have made their way into ground and drinking water. For instance, the Environmental Working Group reported that nearly all Americans, including newborn babies, have PFAS in their blood, and more than 200 million people may be drinking PFAS-tainted water.
Numerous studies link forever chemicals to the following serious health complications:
- Testicular, kidney, liver and pancreatic cancer.
- Reproductive problems
- Weakened childhood immunity
- Low birth weight
- Endocrine disruption
- Increased cholesterol
- Weight gain in children and dieting adults
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have significantly impacted the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category; runner-up), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. LawDragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The National Trial Lawyers Association has also selected our attorneys as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
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