Merck will settle Coppertone class action

Company has agreed to pay between $3 million and $10 million to settle false-advertising suit

Consumers who may have been burned—literally—by Coppertone’s so-called long-lasting sunscreens will finally get some relief.

Last Friday, Merck & Co. agreed to pay between $3 million and $10 million to settle a 2003 class action lawsuit in which consumers claimed Schering-Plough Corp. made false claims about the longevity and effectiveness of its Coppertone products. Merck acquired the Coppertone line and inherited the lawsuit when it acquired Schering-Plough in 2009.

Ashley Post

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