Plaintiffs Include Thousands of Children Who Have Developed Autism or ADHD As a Result of Baby Food Products Tainted with Heavy Metals


WASHINGTON, May 16, 2024 — Walsh Law PLLC, a boutique law firm actively involved in numerous mass tort litigation matters nationwide, announced today that William Smith and Alex Walsh have both been appointed to the 19-person Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Baby Food Products Liability multidistrict litigation (MDL 3101).

“Walsh Law is proud to have two attorneys appointed to this important MDL, which is, quite literally, focused on safeguarding the health of the future,” said Alexandra Walsh, Founder of Walsh Law. “I am thrilled that William Smith will be a leading voice in this national litigation, having seen first-hand the lengths that he is willing to go to obtain justice for these children and their families. Since joining the firm last year, William has dedicated hundreds of hours towards ensuring that these baby food manufacturers are held accountable for failing to meet critical safety standards.”

In an order issued on May 16th, U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern District of California noted that the court had received “a number of applicants” for the leadership positions in this MDL.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected by Judge Corley to be a member of this committee,” said Smith. “It is impossible to quantify the amount of trust that new parents put in these manufacturers, and the idea that this trust was then knowingly and repeatedly betrayed is what drives me to litigate this matter. I look forward to working closely with Alex and the other distinguished members of the committee to ensure that these families get the justice they deserve.”

The Baby Food Products Liability MDL involves allegations that the defendants – Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Campbell Soup Company, Gerber Products Company, Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Nurture, LLC, Plum PBC, Sprout Foods, Inc. and Walmart, Inc., — knew about the presence of elevated levels of heavy metals in their products, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, and children developed autism spectrum disorder and other conditions from consuming them.

About Walsh Law, PLLC

Walsh Law, PLLC, is a Washington-based trial boutique firm dedicated to representing children, families and individuals seeking justice in our nation’s courts. The firm’s founder, Alex Walsh, is a nationally recognized trial attorney who has tried cases in state and federal courts around the country. In 2021, Alex decided to turn a page in her career, leaving the defense side so she could start a firm devoted entirely to fighting for plaintiffs. At Walsh Law, Alex has assembled a team of highly talented litigators, who honed their skills at elite litigation firms and have now come together to help our most vulnerable citizens. From hard-fought trials to complex class actions to precedent-setting appeals, Walsh Law has decades of collective experience at every stage of litigation. Learn more at