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Tainted tomato lawsuit settled

As reported by the Altonna Mirror today, a key lawsuit in the Sheetz Inc. bad tomato case has been settled out-of-court, according to an order issued by Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva. Altoona resident Max Christian Anslinger filed a lawsuit against the convenience store chain after he became sick on what he claimed were tainted tomatoes in food he purchased at the Beale Avenue store in July 2004. As it turned out, hundreds of customers in several states complained about the Roma tomatoes Altoona-based Sheetz received primarily from Coronet Foods of Wheeling, West Virgina.
  AP reported – Key Sheetz salmonella case settled for undisclosed sum

As I told the reporter, Joe Mandak, "the settlement terms are confidential, according to Sheetz attorney Gary Zimmerman and Marler, who represented more than 130 of the sickened customers."  I do believe that Sheetz, its lawyers and insurers stepped up an took care of its customers:

"In 15 years of doing these food cases, I thought the way Sheetz handled taking care of the clients was better, frankly, than any other company I’ve ever dealt with," Marler said. "Not that they paid more money, but they stepped up quickly and took care of their customers."