Bausch & Lomb has denied allegations of negligence relating to a Texas' man's eye infection as lawyers prepare for a conference in federal court.
On March 20, plaintiffs filed a suit in Jefferson County, Texas, naming Bausch & Lomb Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and three employees of the store's vision center and pharmacy as defendants.
According to the plaintiffs' original petition, he had worn contact lenses since July 2005 and purchased Bausch & Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution at a Lumberton, Texas Wal-Mart.
In early May 2006, Pouch began experiencing pain and loss of vision in his right eye. On May 23, 2006, he consulted with a doctor at the Wal-Mart Vision Center who eventually diagnosed him with Fusarium Keratitis, a fungal infection.
It was subsequently learned by plaintiffs that Bausch & Lomb and the other defendants knew that Bausch & Lomb's product, ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution, was causing Fusarium Keratitis in individuals around the world.
On May 18, U.S. District Court Judge Thad Heartfield for the Eastern District of Texas accepted the case and set a June 8 deadline for an attorney conference to discuss settlement options and if parties are willing to go to trial.