There has been a settlement in the Coppertone class action lawsuit issued on September 25, 2012. Merck & Co is going to pay in the region of $3 million to $10 million in settlement for false claims they made about their sunscreen products. This lawsuit has been ongoing for around ten years.
The original lawsuits was against Schering, but Merck bought Coppertone in 2009. Consumers had complained that the Coppertone products had exaggerated advertising related to them. The settlement comes about as a result of Merck wanting to put the case to rest. They also agree not to use terms such as sweatproof and all-day protection when promoting their sunscreens. Those involved in the lawsuit will be able to claim up to $1.50 per sunscreen purchased.
Merck stated that they are dedicated to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards relating to their products and will carry information related to this to be included with each sunscreen product.