A U by Kotex tampons settlement has been reached to resolve claims surrounding the company's recall.

A $7 million class action settlement has been announced, ending allegations that U by Kotex tampons could unravel or come apart when inserted into women’s bodies.

Those who can benefit from the settlement include consumers who purchased U by Kotex tampons between March 8, 2013 and Nov. 19, 2019. Products covered by the settlement include U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, U by Kotex Fitness Tampons, U by Kotex Click Tampons, and U by Kotex Security Tampons in Regular, Super, or Super-Plus Absorbency.

Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. was hit with a class action lawsuit in late 2019 by a consumer who said that U by Kotex tampon products caused infections, irritation, injuries, and other problems. In some cases, alleged the complaint, women had to seek medical attention to have the pieces removed.

The plaintiff claimed to have purchased several products in the U by Kotex line. She said that had she known that the tampons were “unfit to perform their intended purpose and were dangerous” she would not have purchased them.

“The Defect renders the Products unsuitable for their principal and intended purpose, and thus the Products are worthless at the point of sale,” alleged the U by Kotex tampons class action lawsuit. “For all of the Products that Defendant sold, the Defect is substantially likely to materialize during the useful life of the product.”



Indeed, just months before the class action lawsuit, a U by Kotex recall was issued after consumers reported the same problems of the products unraveling or coming apart when used.

According to the complaints, the tampons that unraveled were nearly impossible to remove. Some women even reported that the products unraveled while still in the packaging, before use.

CNN Health reported that the U by Kotex recall affected certain products in the line produced between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 16, 2018 that were distributed in the United States and Canada between Oct. 17, 2016 and Oct. 23, 2018. As a result of the recall, stores were advised to remove the product from the shelves.

The U by Kotex class action lawsuit alleged that the recall was insufficient, however. The complaint pointed out that Kimberly-Clark did not advertise a refund or return as a part of the U by Kotex recall effort. Instead, consumers were instructed to call the company’s customer service team and stop using the product, in addition to obtaining medical care for any symptoms.

“The recall was done so that Kimberly-Clark could claim it did the right thing in response to the Product Defect, when in fact the recall was calculated to protect Kimberly-Clark’s profits by ensuring as few returns as possible,” alleged the plaintiff.



Further, the company limited its recall to certain lot codes, noted the class action lawsuit; however, virtually the whole U by Kotex line was affected by the defect, contended the complaint. Indeed, the class action cited a number of complaints made online to the company that said that other U by Kotex products not included in the recall had fallen apart or unraveled upon use.

Kimberly-Clark has admitted no wrongdoing in the U by Kotex class action lawsuit, but has agreed to pay $7 million to end the allegations.

Under the terms of the settlement, Class Members are eligible to receive up to $30, as well as an additional cash benefit if they can provide proof of purchase. Class Members must submit a claim form online or by mail by Aug. 18, 2020 to be eligible.

Class Members who wish to opt out of or exclude themselves from the U by Kotex class action settlement must do so by July 6, 2020.

The final hearing is scheduled for July 20, 2020.



Who’s Eligible

Class Members include consumers who purchased U by Kotex tampons between March 8, 2013 and Nov. 19, 2019. Products covered by the settlement include U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, U by Kotex Fitness Tampons, U by Kotex Click Tampons, and U by Kotex Security Tampons in Regular, Super, or Super-Plus Absorbency.

Potential Award

Up to $30 without proof of purchase. An additional cash benefit can be claimed by Class Members with proof of purchase.

Proof of Purchase

Not required, but those who can provide receipts and/or product packaging that can identify the product covered by the class action settlement will receive a higher payout.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

8/18/2020

Case Name

Moore v. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc., Case No. 19 L 0846, in the Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial Circuit, County of St. Clair, State of Illinois

Final Hearing

7/20/2020

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Moore v. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.
c/o Heffler Claims Group
P.O. Box 8612
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8612
(888) 484-0034

Class Counsel

L. Timothy Fisher
Yeremey Krivoshey
Blair E. Reed
BURSOR & FISHER PA

Defense Counsel

Christopher D. Dusseault
Heather L. Richardson
GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP

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70 Comments

  • Rita Fuqua May 26, 2020

    Please add me, I’ve bought the pads and the tampons for my daughter. She prefers to use the pads instead and I can see why!

  • Anita May 26, 2020

    Please add me in this lawsuit Ihave 2 women in my household

  • Teri R Kimmons-Struck May 26, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Marvine Baker May 26, 2020

    Please add me and my daughter who is 13 years of age we live in the same household.

  • Chanel Baker May 26, 2020

    Please add me

  • Marvine Dixon May 26, 2020

    Please add me

  • Felicia R Reddick May 26, 2020

    add me in

  • Tatyana Titensky May 26, 2020

    Pls add me. My moms been buying them for me.

  • Kim Bouder May 26, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Randall calano May 26, 2020

    Please add me also for at least 5 boxes

    • Shari cervantes May 26, 2020

      Please add me for 5 boxes!

  • Irene Nuzzi May 26, 2020

    Please add me for 5 boxes

  • Wendy M Sanders May 26, 2020

    Please Add My Name

  • Linda Hopkins May 26, 2020

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    Please add me

  • Melanie Lucero May 26, 2020

    Add us. Four women in our household using these for years. Shame on Kotex!

  • sandy geske May 26, 2020

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  • Shalane Gray May 26, 2020

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  • Doncella jenkins May 26, 2020

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  • James. Cocce May 26, 2020

    Add me also

  • catherine rerisi May 26, 2020

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    • Nakita Thompson May 26, 2020

      I was hospitalized behind this product unraveling inside of me! Violently sick with chills, vomiting & a awful smell & infection from my vaginal area! This couldn’t killed me, I was being poisoned!

  • Marisol Rodriguez May 26, 2020

    Add me

  • Linda Joseph May 26, 2020

    Add me to the list please .

  • Stephanie beas May 26, 2020

    Please add me to this

  • Edie Snider May 26, 2020

    Add me I have been purchasing these for our youth at school that are homeless, thinking these were safe to use

  • Sunila Williams May 26, 2020

    add me

  • Ruth ERLICH May 26, 2020

    add me

  • ARTHUR ERLICH May 26, 2020

    add my wife

  • jackie May 26, 2020

    I have used this product for years. Please add me.

  • Diana W Renner May 26, 2020

    Kotex – a beloved brand. Please add me.

  • sue spresny May 26, 2020

    Add me please.

  • Julia Smiles May 26, 2020

    Please add me. This is the only brand I buy

    • Liz Blanco May 26, 2020

      Please add me. I have purchased U by Kotex tampons at Walgreens

  • Lisa May 26, 2020

    I have tried submitting my claim three (3) times and continue to receive the following message:

    An unexpected error has occurred
    Please make sure you have filled out the form correctly and try resubmitting your request.

  • Lydia Flowers May 26, 2020

    For years I have use the product. Please add me

  • Betty Murnahan May 26, 2020

    I know I have receipts I am gonna try to locate them cause I buy this all the time I have two daughters

  • Tani Preston May 26, 2020

    Please add me.

    • Tonya Wall May 26, 2020

      For years I have use the product. Please add me

  • Steve Lewis May 26, 2020

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  • Jim Bulkowski May 26, 2020

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  • Effie Costa May 26, 2020

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  • gwendolyn saddler May 26, 2020

    add me please

  • KENYA CRISS May 26, 2020

    Please add me have purchased quite a few times from walmart!

  • Susanne Rutila May 26, 2020

    Please add me,

    • Elaine Monroe May 26, 2020

      Please add me

  • NANCY MILEVSKI May 26, 2020

    please add me

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  • Ruby L Mckee May 26, 2020

    please add my name

  • Olivia Heath May 26, 2020

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  • Barbara Leeks May 26, 2020

    I bought these every month for years from Dollar General & Wal-Mart – Please add me

  • Linda Gaskin May 26, 2020

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  • Connie Coulter May 24, 2020

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  • Sherri May 24, 2020

    Why do people say there will be so many fraudulent claims made probably 90% of females haven’t bought these tampons for real the stupid part is that you have to have proof to get over $30 you could have had real medical issues and these people want to give out $30 well isn’t that something show people that had real issues like bad ones don’t fill the form out get a lawyer.

    • Sherri May 24, 2020

      I meant probably “have” bought these tampons.

    • Choosen one May 25, 2020

      Its all a game. Companies scam, people scam, lawyers scam. Just do what you do. Dont worry about other people.

  • Michelle Allard May 23, 2020

    Please add me

  • Anon May 22, 2020

    People are sharing this in freebie groups. So people are fraudulently getting this and other suits. I’ve seen it in multiple free sample groups. Just so you know.

    • NoWorries May 23, 2020

      Don’t worry about the freebie group and the people with no proof. They eventually get weeded out.

      Have you noticed that many of these systems have the same back end system processing them. That’s because they aggregate and pool the info where the gamers bubble up to the surface. Also notice how you must swear under penalty of perjury. Bingo! The list is growing but I know a few that have already been swept up. Not good.

    • Sherri May 24, 2020

      What is wrong with people sharing this in groups ? there are so many lawsuits out there that people do not know about have no clue therefore I I’m glad that people are sharing this information too many of you haters put so many negative comments about your negative opinion because you have nothing better to do…

      • Chyna. May 26, 2020

        Thank you
        if you have spent your hard earned money on
        faulty or misrepresented products then you deserve truth and compensation not just held for the rich and well informed.

    • Think May 25, 2020

      They just letting people know. If know claims the lawyers keep the rest.

  • Diane Samuels May 22, 2020

    Add me

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