On May 3, 2011, an article published in Bloomberg Businessweek reported that denture cream adhesive manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has paid at least $120 million to plaintiffs who filed lawsuits claiming that its Poligrip zinc-containing products caused them to sustain neurological damage. Although GlaxoSmithKline announced that it entered into denture cream lawsuit settlements with the vast majority of plaintiffs in July 2010, at the time it did not comment on the value of those settlements. However, this week’s report indicates that the adhesive manufacturer entered into denture cream lawsuit settlement agreements with over 100 plaintiffs in the past nine months. According to the report, the average denture cream lawsuit settled at just over $1 million. Although confidentiality clauses in the denture cream lawsuit settlement agreements prohibit plaintiffs from being identified or speaking publicly, it is common knowledge that all of the denture cream lawsuits allege that the manufacturer failed to warn consumers that zinc contained in Poligrip adhesives leads to permanent nerve damage.

Proctor & Gamble Refuses to Settle Denture Cream Lawsuits

Unlike its competitor, Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of Fixodent, has refrained from entering into denture cream lawsuit settlement agreements. Like Poligrip, Fixodent also contains zinc. However, it appears that Proctor & Gamble intends to litigate the denture cream lawsuits, contending that its products contain less zinc than those manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, while maintaining that Fixodent does not cause neurological damage. Proctor & Gamble is facing its first trial this June.

Currently, all federal denture cream lawsuits filed by plaintiffs alleging that the adhesives caused them to sustain zinc poisoning have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. These cases have been assigned to the Honorable Cecilia M. Altnoaga for pre-trial purposes. Plaintiffs claim that the zinc-containing denture cream adhesives resulted in injuries such as neuropathy, numbness, pain, tingling, loss of sensation, loss of balance, weakness and paralysis.

Denture Cream Lawsuits

If you or a loved one uses Fixodent, Poligrip, or another brand of denture cream and suffers from symptoms of zinc poisoning, such as pain and numbness in the hands and feet, you should contact one of our denture cream lawyers immediately to discuss your legal rights and options for pursuing a denture cream lawsuit. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our denture cream lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by