Airborne "designed by a schoolteacher" is being sued for false claims that it wards off colds. Airborne has been misleading consumers for 10 years. Makers of the herbal supplement Airborne have agreed to pay $23.3 million in a class-action lawsuit

David Schardt, a senior nutritionist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says it's just one battle in his efforts to prevent companies from making misleading claims. The problem, Schardt says, is that Airborne didn't have a single shred of evidence to back up either claim.


A Settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit that alleges that Airborne Health, Inc. (and other defendants) (“Airborne”) falsely advertised certain therapeutic properties, including the ability to cure or prevent the common cold, when marketing products under the Airborne brand name, as listed below. Defendants deny any wrongdoing or illegal conduct but have agreed to settle the litigation. This website provides information on the lawsuit and proposed Settlement. Click here to download the complete Settlement Agreement.

On November 29, 2007, the District Court for the Central District of California entered an order preliminarily approving the proposed Settlement. Click here to download that Order. The Court has scheduled a hearing on June 16, 2008 at 10:00 am, to consider final approval of the Settlement.

The hearing will take place at:

United States District Court
Central District of California -- Eastern Division
Riverside Courthouse, Courtroom 2
3470 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA 92501

[source: NPR, AirborneSettlement]