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Airborne Lawsuit Settlement: 23.3 Million for False Advertising

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First let's look at the current status of Airborne settlement. Settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit that alleges that Airborne Health, Inc. (and other defendants) (“Airborne”) falsely advertised certain therapeutic properties, including the ability to cure or prevent the common cold, when marketing products under the Airborne brand name, as listed below.

Defendants deny any wrongdoing or illegal conduct but have agreed to settle the litigation. This website provides information on the lawsuit and proposed Settlement.

There is no proof that the popular Airborne assists the health of an individual beyond the effect of a placebo. Airborne has been sued for false advertising and this week the company has agreed to settle the lawsuit and pay $23.3 million. Airborne will soon offer refunds to the people who believed in the product.

Suspicion arose when the clinical tests for Airborne were released. Basically, it was a non-scientific study where 2 dudes ran some tests. No scientists or doctors helped out. Turns out if you tout medical cures you need proof somewhere that isn't your cousin and his friend in the shed fixing the numbers.

“There’s no credible evidence that what’s in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment,” said CSPI senior nutritionist David Schardt, who reviewed Airborne’s claims. “Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed.”

Consumers seeking refunds for purchases of Airborne can obtain a claim form by writing to the Airborne Class Action Settlement Administrator, PO Box 1897, Faribault, MN 55021-7152, calling 1-888-952-9080, or by visiting

Source: By Dave And Thomas Blog.


Submitted by Jmiller (not verified) on
OK, is this a sneaky way for the FDA and big pharma to go after vitamins and herbs? I am really getting sick of their bullying. Show me a cold medicine that really works. If the stuff didn't work then how in the world did the company make 23M plus? Someone is not liking the competition.'ve got my support. And by the way people, it does work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This is a sneaky way for the FDA to go after drugs that make false claims. There are plenty of cough and cold medicines that work, and they are sold over the counter after having gone through a rigorous approval process to ENSURE that they work. The fact that they sold 23M worth of placebo to idiots doesn't surprise me in the least; there are always plenty of people out there who will believe anything they're told. It is blatantly obvious that you're a shill for this company, and that's just flat-out sickening.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Don't go criticizing people who say this stuff works. Those of us, including myself, who say it works are not "shills" or idiots. I know nothing about the company and have had my own doubts about a product designed by a teacher. But I can't deny results. When I take the product, my cold usually stops in its tracks. I canNOT say that for ANY cold medicine I've ever tried. In fact, one medicine made me worse. The fact is that the FDA doesn't want alternative medicine to get a foothold, because it cuts into profits on drugs. I won't be participating in the lawsuit, either.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm with you. Airborne has been a godsend. Although I take a large amount of vitamins every day, whenever I get a cold, Airborne stops it in its tracks and keeps the symtoms under control until I am over the cold. When ever I took a trip in an airplane, I would come down with a cold. Now I take Airborne in advance and no colds. Rather than not participating in the lawsuit, I suggest you collect as much as you can and spend the money on more Airborne. This way you get the benifits and the company gets their money back

Submitted by Robert Jones (not verified) on
I’m sorry, but the first thought I had when I saw this was utter disgust, not at the makers of Airborne, but at the cheesy litigious jerks that jump at the chance to sue anyone they can with class-action lawsuits… Regardless of the foolish advertising mistakes initially made by the company representing this product, and the litigious nature of those who desire to "cash in" on the lawsuit just to get $30.00 for six packs which they can’t even prove they purchased, the reasons and methods behind why the teacher Victoria Knight originally created it were sound. She, like many others, enjoy the idea of taking a more holistic approach to fighting things like the common cold and other such sickness... I honestly don't recall the packaging ever saying it actually cured the common cold, and had I seen that, I would have laughed! NOTHING known currently "cures" the common cold, and people stupid enough to believe that there is deserve to be laughed at as well! From the very beginning of me using the product, I had heard MANY good things from others who had been using it concerning how well it seemed to help them fight off simple stuff like colds and flu, and having used it for several years, JUST for that purpose, I can absolutely say that it has always seemed to work quite well for me. Not because it "cures" a damn thing, but because the mixture of vitamins and herbs it is made of seems to help my body in its fight AGAINST such things. It HAS been FDA approved as a dietary supplement (otherwise it wouldn't be on the shelf to begin with), and that's just fine for me. Personally, I hope the company continues to offer it, because I'll absolutely continue buying it...whether or not it’s "proven" by science to help in any way... We already know that vitamin C helps the body fight off illness; Airborne has that. And the mixture of herbs it contains, developed by a woman who has STUDIED herbal remedies and their current applications, have been used to help fight illness for decades if not centuries. Folks, we've got to remember that pharmacies who'd rather push FAR more expensive prescription and over-the-counter drugs would GLADLY see these somewhat more holistic (and comparatively remedies go straight down the tube, whether they work or not! I have no doubt that such thoughts and motivations are behind this lame litigious move. It’s a shame that so many dolts are jumping on the “let’s sue somebody for a quick buck” bandwagon. I have less respect for that than some marketing idiot making the foolish mistake of claiming a product cures the common cold when it merely helps the body fight it off…

Submitted by Jennifer (not verified) on
If you've tried Airborne and it worked for you, PLEASE refuse the settlement money. These lawsuits are being used by the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA to continue their stranglehold on our health. It's time for us to let our sense of justice override our greed. If you've tried and didn't think it helped, get your money back. But if it did help you, refuse the money and continue using and buying Airborne. I know I will.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This is silly. I love Airborne's results, and know it works for me. Whether it is a placebo or not, nothing else has ever cut the severity of a cold like this product. Like the other commentators, I know that nothing can cure the common cold, and yes, this is just a vitamin. But whatever this does, it helps and I will not be asking for refunds for a product that did what I expected it to. I expect it was corporations which were upset by Airborne's success and not individuals complaining about their usage.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Call it a drug... Call it a placebo... Call it a Vitamin.... I don't care... After taking Airborne on a semi-regular basis, especially when traveling, I did not contract a cold for 2 1/2 years.... and when I eventually did.... it was mild. I used to get sick 2-3 times a year.... No more. For me, it works. Period. And by the way... what about all the Airborne "copy cat" drugs out there.... Are they getting sued too?

Submitted by Betty (not verified) on
Airborne is still a good product even if it does not do wnat they say it should do. If I put in a Lawsuit for the product, I would use the money to buy more Airborne. It works for me.

Submitted by LDR (not verified) on
I am a loyal AIRBORNE consumer and will NOT be requesting a settlement. I had not tried Airborne until I started traveling for a living... I can honestly say that it has worked as I hoped it would. I researched the ingredients and asked a pharmacist friend who is into holistic therapy then decided I would try it. I found that if I take it just as I start feeling an onset of a cold, it prevent me from developing the symptoms and getting sick. Any of you who travel a lot know that it is easy to catch a virus at any public place especially on board a plane, public restroom, restaurants, hotel rooms even rental cars so I make sure to take Airborne with me every time I travel. I ran out once and had to buy it at the airport at double the regular price but it was worth not getting sick. I, along with other loyal consumers of this product, will NOT be pursing the lawsuit against this company. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the competitors’ who have tried to copy Airborne - are they getting sued as well... probably not because the vulture lawyers behind class-action lawsuits won't go after companies that haven't made big $$ because their product doesn't work. They go after the successful companies that have repeat customers because their product ACTUALLY works! I have tried a competitors’ product only because Airborne was not available and it did not work. Do the right thing and DO NOT join in on this ridiculous lawsuit!! Save it for the real issues like the greedy inhumane companies like the Endoscopy Center in Las Vegas reusing the same needles and syringes for their patients infecting them with Hepatitis and HIV. Pick your battles wisely, remember KARMA... enough said!


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