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Punitive Damage Claim filed against Wright County Egg in Salmonella Egg Outbreak

After nearly 18 years doing foodborne illnesses cases, I have been frustrated by the lack of any prosecutions against many of these corporations who poison and kill us. When will a prosecutor step-up? It really is left to the blunt instrument of civil litigation, and punitive damages in particular, to “punish” these bad actors in our food supply. There is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant, Wright County Egg, acted willfully and wantonly in disregarding the rights and safety of others, including, specifically, the plaintiff, Ms Lewis. As such, the plaintiff is entitled to an award of punitive damages pursuant to Iowa Code §668A.1 and Iowa law. See Amended Complaint.

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