TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Today, the law firm of Rochon Genova LLP issued a
class action on behalf of users of Advanced Medical Optics Inc.'s ("AMO")
Complete All-in-one MoisturePlus Solution (the "Solution"), a contact lens
cleaning solution. The Solution was recalled in Canada and the United States
after it had been linked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") to a
rare but serious infection called Acanthamoeba Keratitis ("AK").
The claim, filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleges that
the Defendants knew or ought to have known that the Solution caused the AK,
but failed to recall the Solution in a timely manner. It is further alleged
that the Defendants only recalled the product because of the results of an
investigation done by the CDC.
AK is normally a rare infection of the cornea caused by a waterborne
organism and is characterized by extreme pain, light sensitivity and eye
redness. In serious cases the infection can ultimately lead to blindness and
may require cornea transplant surgery.
The Proposed Representative Plaintiff, a Toronto school teacher, has been
diagnosed with AK and likely will require a cornea transplant. In September,
2006, she discontinued use of the Solution as a result of eye irritation. "I
have been living with excruciating pain since November, 2006 and am now
legally blind in my right eye as a result of the AK infection," she said.
"AK infections can have a devastating effect on a person's quality of
life. AMO had a positive obligation to recall the product as far back as 2005;
it is completely unacceptable that this defective product was left on the
market until this week," said Joel P. Rochon, a partner at Rochon Genova LLP.
The allegations raised in the claim have not yet been proven in court.
The plaintiff and the prospective class members are represented by the Toronto
based law firm of Rochon Genova LLP.
For further information:
For further information: Rochon Genova LLP, 121 Richmond St. W, Suite
900, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2K1, Telephone: (416) 363-1867 or toll-free:
1-866-881-2292, Website address: www.rochongenova.com