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Off to “Down Under”

My first talk is next week at the 14th Annual Australian HACCP Conference – I will be giving them a United States perspective on Foodborne Illnesses and Class Actions.

Interestingly, today the press picked up a tentative Class Settlement in a Hepatitis A case we filed.

Tentative agreement reached in Houlihan’s hepatitis A case

A tentative settlement has been reached for diners exposed to hepatitis A at Houlihan’s restaurant in Geneva Commons. The agreement, reached July 12, turns the lawsuit filed by the Johnson family of Geneva into a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is open to anyone who ate or drank in the restaurant between Jan. 8 and 19 and subsequently received immunoglobulin shots from the Kane County Health Department or a private physician. The class-action status is only binding if the settlement wins final approval by the court Nov. 27.

An estimated 3,000 dined at the restaurant during the January time period when an employee infected with hepatitis was working and was potentially contagious. The health department gave shots to more than 2,000 people to minimize the effects of the exposure. Most at risk are patrons who had drinks with contaminated ice.