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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Defective Products on Friday, July 27, 2018.
TARGET Agrees to Stop Selling WeePOD Potty Training Products that Lacerated At Least 15 Toddlers’ Genitals

Los Angeles, CA – Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, and Carpenter Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP, on behalf of their clients announced TARGET CORPORATION has agreed to a settlement whereby the store will remove WeePOD Basix and the WeePOD Toilet Trainer Squish, products that resulted in serious injury to the genitals of their clients’ three-year old son and those of at least 15 other toddlers that used the potty-training device, from their shelves. The potty-training device was sold by TARGET CORPORATION and made by Prince Lionheart Inc. Many of the toddlers’ who used the device had their genitals stick to the WeePOD, causing the boys’ penises to be lacerated and damaged.

The original complaint, which is still pending against Prince Lionheart Inc., alleged that the WeePOD, which was sold in TARGET stores, was marketed as safe despite the fact that Prince Lionheart was aware of other complaints dating back to 2012 about the product. Prince Lionheart changed the product in August 2017 to make it “more safer” so kids’ skin wouldn’t stick yet refuses to warn the customers who purchased the older defective products.

“We applaud TARGET CORPORATION for the settlement to no longer sell the unsafe and defective WeePOD Basix product,” said John Kristensen, co-attorney for the plaintiffs. “The WeePOD Basix product has caused at least 15+ toddlers and their families’ serious pain and damage. We are pleased that this product will no longer be sold and hopefully we this prevents future families from having their little boys suffer similar outcomes.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Target will refrain from the retail sale of the Prince Lionheart WeePod Basix product (DCPI 030-04-1766 and UPC 049345074130) with manufacturing dates before March 23, 2018. Additionally, Target represents and warrants that it has not sold, and does not currently sell, the Prince Lionheart Toilet Trainer Squish product (UPC 049345004588) with manufacturing dates before March 23, 2018. Plaintiffs’ attorneys also agreed to waive their rights to claim attorneys’ fees.

The original class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida (the “court”), (Civil Action No. 9.18-cv-80700-WPD alleging in Count Seven of the First Amended Complaint violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Fla. Stat. §§501.201-213, resulting from the retail sale of a product known as the WeePOD Basix.

On Friday, July 27, 2018, John Carpenter and John Kristensen start trial against Prince Lionheart on one of the individual cases in Riverside Superior Court in Riverside, California (Case No. RIC1722743).