Under the category, “when it rains it pours,” the meat packing industry took a hard hit – or, was it a stun gun to the head? The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports this morning on the “stunning” victory of my friends, Fred Gordon and Ron Pezze, over “big beef” and the lawyers and insurance corporations that protect them.

Meatpacker Excel must pay Sizzler $7.1 million for E. coli outbreak

The Jury of Milwaukee citizens set a strong message to the industry to clean up their sh*&:

A jury Wednesday found that meatpacker Excel Corp. will have to pay Sizzler USA, a national restaurant chain, more than $7.1 million for lost revenue resulting from publicity surrounding the outbreak of a food-borne illness that killed a child and sickened scores of others at restaurants here eight years ago. The jury award brings the cost to Excel to $18.5 million plus lawyer fees.

Here is the kicker:

The jury was told that Excel had not admitted that its meat from its Colorado plant was the source of the deadly bacteria until just weeks before the settlement with the Kriefall family and that E&B had settled to the maximum of its insurance policy years ago.

“What took Excel so long was the fear of facing you,” Fred Gordon, a lawyer for the chain, told the jury.

Gordon and Pezze painted a bleak picture of the operation of the plant where the tainted meat was produced. They pointed to a high annual turnover in employees — 1,200 of the 2,000 — most of them immigrants; that the plant had been cited 17 times in three months for violations; and that some employees “harassed” federal inspectors by following them around.

Gordon noted that every 12 seconds an animal was killed at the plant, and that a retired federal inspector had testified that the plant could be made safe by slowing down the operation.

The jury system works.  "Big Beef," see ya in court.

  • candy sheeran

    i will do everything in my power to stop the selfish clinical obese gluttons from eating meat…

  • Candy Sheeran

    You are a selfish vile pig who needs to have her mouth washed with soap!!!!! If people choose to eat meat then that is their god given right .God said we can eat meat and until he says so I will continue to enjoy every tasty morsel. Don’t even try to fool people by saying you are a witness of Jehovah. You are just like satan who wants all the attention and you dishonor Jehovah by the words you use and your actions. Happy Armgeddon!!!!!

  • I think the way you kill the animals for meat is just savage! Iam a vegetarian and will be forever I just can’t stand knowing what those animals have been through you selfish gutless people! u R THE ANIMALS! not them u discuss me!

  • Veggie

    I pray all you carnivores get a fatal case of mad-cow disease.

  • Lehks

    I >…Personaly find slauter hauses fassinationg and would like to find out more …
    I think that killing animals is okay but .. Every one knows how much technology we have and i think that we sould put all that brain power to find more safer, more cleaner enviorment … and more advanced !

  • I have yet to hear of a vegetarian who did not die.
    ~Jahfre Fire Eater