Nation’s First Nec Trial Results in $60 Million Award to Family

Apr 17, 2024

AWKO partner Sam Geisler played a pivotal role in the nation’s first trial involving necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) caused by cow’s milk-based preterm formulas.

The team represented a family whose preterm infant died after receiving Mead Johnson cow’s milk-based preterm formula. After hearing the evidence, the jury awarded the family $60 million despite being asked to award $25 million. 

“The end goal is achieving accountability on behalf of the most vulnerable among us,” Mr. Geisler stated. “This just verdict is a huge step forward in that effort.”

Mr. Geisler is currently on the team preparing for the second trial, which will be the first tried against Abbott Nutrition.