Legal experts are telling people thinking of filing suit int eh wake of recent pet-food recalls to consider a class-action case.
Attorneys say solo lawsuits might not be effective because most state laws consider animals little more than property.
They say a class-action suit would drastically reduce each pet owner's legal fees and give them a chance at greater compensation.
Menu Foods recalled 60 million containers of cat and dog food in recent weeks after animals died of kidney failure after eating the Canadian company's products.
Menu Foods has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog. Some anecdotal figures suggest that many more may have died.