CPAP Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to the use of defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator devices, you may be entitled to compensation through a CPAP lawsuit. This guide provides detailed information on the ongoing litigation, including the nature of the claims, the legal process, and how to pursue a claim. If you want to see if you may qualify, contact the product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin today for a free consultation at 800-337-7755 or Chat with our agents.

Overview of the Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Lawsuit

The lawsuit involves claims against multiple defendants, including Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips RS North America LLC, Philips Holding USA Inc., Philips RS North America Holding Corporation, Polymer Technologies, Inc., and Polymer Molded Products LLC, for manufacturing and distributing defective CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices. These devices allegedly contain polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam for sound dampening, which is alleged to degrade and off-gas harmful chemicals, posing significant health risks. The lawsuit is titled In re Philips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and Mechanical Ventilator Products Litigation, MDL No. 3014, Master Docket Misc. No. 21-mc-1230.

What CPAP Machines Were Recalled

The following CPAP machines are part of the lawsuits:

E30 (Emergency Use Authorization) 
DreamStation ASV  
DreamStation ST, AVAPS 
SystemOne ASV4  
C-Series ASV  
C-Series S/T and AVAPS 
OmniLab Advanced +  
SystemOne (Q-Series) 
DreamStation Go  
Dorma 400
Dorma 500  
REMstar SE Auto  
Trilogy 100
Trilogy 200  
Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent  
A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in U.S.)  
A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto  
A-Series BiPAP A40  
A-Series BiPAP A30

Summary of the Fillable Short Form Complaint

The Fillable Short Form Complaint is a legal document used by plaintiffs to file personal injury claims related to defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices. This document simplifies the process for plaintiffs to join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Philips and associated entities. Below is a summary of the key sections and content of the complaint.

I. Introduction

The introduction outlines the purpose of the complaint, which is to address injuries sustained by plaintiffs due to the use of Philips’ defective devices. It specifies that the complaint is part of the larger MDL No. 3014, centralized in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

II. Parties

A. Plaintiffs

  • This section requires plaintiffs to provide personal information, including name, address, and details of their injuries.
  • Plaintiffs must indicate the type of device used, the duration of use, and the nature of their injuries, such as respiratory issues, cancer, or other health problems.

B. Defendants

  • Lists the defendants, including Koninklijke Philips N.V., Philips North America LLC, Philips Holding USA Inc., Philips RS North America LLC, Philips RS North America Holding Corporation, Polymer Technologies, Inc., and Polymer Molded Products LLC.
  • Each defendant’s role in the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of the defective devices is highlighted.

III. Jurisdiction and Venue

This section establishes the legal grounds for filing the complaint in federal court. It cites diversity jurisdiction and the amount in controversy exceeding $75,000, as well as federal question jurisdiction under various federal laws.

IV. Factual Allegations

A. Devices at Issue

  • Describes the specific Philips devices involved, including CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator models that contain the defective PE-PUR foam.
  • Details the foam’s degradation and the release of harmful chemicals, leading to health risks for users.

B. Injuries

  • Enumerates the types of injuries suffered by plaintiffs, including respiratory issues, cancer, kidney damage, liver damage, cardiac problems, and other health conditions.
  • Provides space for plaintiffs to specify their individual injuries and medical diagnoses.

C. Defendants’ Conduct

  • Accuses Philips and associated defendants of negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, fraud, and failure to warn.
  • Asserts that defendants knew or should have known about the defects and associated health risks but failed to take appropriate action.

V. Causes of Action

The complaint includes several counts based on different legal theories:

  1. Negligence
  • Claims that defendants failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, manufacturing, and marketing the devices.
  • Specific allegations include improper testing, inadequate warnings, and failure to recall the defective devices in a timely manner.
  1. Strict Liability – Design Defect
  • Alleges that the devices were defectively designed, making them unreasonably dangerous for their intended use.
  1. Strict Liability – Failure to Warn
  • Argues that defendants failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with the devices.
  1. Breach of Warranty
  • Asserts that defendants breached express and implied warranties by selling defective devices.
  1. Fraud
  • Accuses defendants of intentionally concealing the defects and misrepresenting the safety of the devices.
  1. Medical Monitoring
  • Requests ongoing medical monitoring for plaintiffs due to their exposure to harmful substances from the defective devices.

VI. Prayer for Relief

The plaintiffs seek various forms of relief, including:

  • Compensatory damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses.
  • Punitive damages to punish defendants for their conduct.
  • Costs of suit, including attorney’s fees.
  • Any other relief deemed just and equitable by the court.

VII. Jury Demand

The complaint concludes with a demand for a jury trial to hear the case and determine the outcome.

Products at Issue in the CPAP lawsuit

The lawsuit focuses on several specific types of devices manufactured and distributed by Philips:

  • CPAP Devices: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are used to treat sleep apnea by providing a steady stream of air to keep airways open during sleep. The PE-PUR foam in these devices is alleged to degrade, leading to potential inhalation of harmful particles and chemicals.
  • BiPAP Devices: Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) devices provide two levels of pressure for treating sleep apnea and other respiratory conditions. These devices are also implicated due to the same foam degradation issue.
  • Ventilator Devices: Mechanical ventilators are used to assist or replace spontaneous breathing in patients. The PE-PUR foam used in these ventilators is alleged to pose similar health risks when it degrades and off-gasses harmful substances.
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Injuries at Issue

Users of the defective Philips devices have reported a variety of health issues, which are the basis for the claims in the lawsuit. According to the Short Form Complaint, these injuries include:

  • Cancer: Various forms of cancer, allegedly linked to the inhalation of toxic particles and chemicals from the degraded foam.
  • Respiratory Problems: Issues such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung conditions.
  • Kidney Damage: Reports of renal injuries, potentially linked to the harmful substances off-gassed by the defective foam.
  • Liver Damage: Liver-related health problems, again potentially due to exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Cardiac Issues: Heart-related problems, like a heart attack, which may be associated with the use of these defective devices.
  • Other Health Issues: A range of other adverse effects, including skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and more.

The process of filing a lawsuit for injuries related to defective Philips devices involves several key steps:

  1. Initial Consultation with an Attorney
  • Discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney who will evaluate the merits of your claim and explain the legal process.
  1. Filing the Complaint
  • Your attorney will file a complaint in the appropriate court, detailing the allegations against Philips and the damages you seek.
  1. Serving the Defendant
  • Philips will be formally notified of the lawsuit through a process called service of process.
  1. The Defendant’s Response
  • Philips will respond to the complaint, either admitting or denying the allegations, and may present defenses.
  1. Discovery Phase
  • Both parties will gather evidence to support their claims and defenses. This may involve interrogatories, depositions, and requests for documents.
  1. Pre-Trial Motions
  • Motions may be filed to resolve specific issues or potentially dismiss the case before trial.
  1. Settlement Negotiations
  • Many cases are settled out of court through negotiations. Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf to seek a fair settlement if appropriate.
  1. Trial
  • If a settlement is not reached, the case will likely go to trial, where both parties will present their evidence and arguments to a judge or jury.
  1. Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
    • After the trial, either party may file motions or appeal the decision to a higher court.
  2. Collecting the Judgment
    • If you win the case and the defendant does not appeal, your attorney will take steps to collect the awarded damages.


If you have been affected by the defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator devices, it is important to understand your legal rights and the steps involved in pursuing a claim. Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. For more detailed guidance and support, contact a personal injury attorney who has experience in product liability cases.

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