According to the Kern Faculty Medical Group, they expect to have enough hepatitis A vaccine shots after supplies temporarily ran out Saturday. The medical group had given about 90 vaccine shots Saturday morning before supplies ran out, said Dr. Mansukh Ghadiya with the clinic. Public health officials made arrangements with Kern Faculty Medical Group for
It reads like the who’s who of restaurants – Carl’s Jr., Chi-Chi’s, D’Angelo’s, Friendly’s, Houlihan’s, Maple Lawn Dairy, McDonald’s, Quizno’s, Silver Grill Location Catering, Subway, Taco Bell – who we have sued over the last dozen years for allowing either a Hepatitis A infected worker to serve food, or serve food already infected with Hepatitis…
The Associated Press reports that the Food and Drug Administration says workers at one of four Mexican green onion farms inspected as the result of a 2003 hepatitis outbreak lived in windowless metal shacks with no showers. Shallow trenches ran from an area littered with soiled diapers and other human waste, downhill to onion fields…
Five lawsuits have already been filed against the Chi-Chi’s restaurant chain over a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed three people and sickened more than 600, and scores of other lawsuits are likely to follow.
But legal experts say two key issues facing the company could determine whether victims and their families get the settlements they seek: insurance and bankruptcy.
The Mexican restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 8, citing cash flow problems, a month before the hepatitis outbreak was confirmed.
On Friday, a bankruptcy judge gave limited approval to Chi-Chi’s plans to begin paying some expenses for those sickened in the outbreak – up to $20,000 per claim. He did not, however, fully approve Chi-Chi’s plan to pay $500,000 on an insurance deductible so the company could tap into as much as $51 million in liability insurance it may need to settle claims. A hearing is set for Tuesday on the matter.
Another news article on my two most recent Chi-Chi’s lawsuits, on behalf of Bennie Martino and Angelo Palitti.
Chris Osher of the Tribune-Review reports:
The lawsuits, both filed by Seattle lawyer William Marler, allege that the method Chi-Chi’s used to store green onions, which health officials have identified as the likely culprits, essentially created “hepatitis
Lawsuits against Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, the center of a major hepatitis A outbreak last year, continue to trickle in.
As KDKA.com reported:
Two more federal lawsuits were filed this week against the chain for making what one attorney calls “hepatitis soup.”
Bennie Martino, of Monaca, and Angelo Palitti, of Aliquippa, say they too were sickened
Christopher Snowbeck of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did a story yesterday about my clients Richard and Linda Miller, two of the 660 people sickened with hepatitis A in last year’s Chi Chi’s outbreak. Snowbeck’s article Hepatitis still hurts reports:
Tomorrow marks the single day on which the greatest number of outbreak patients — more than 50
Joe Mandak of the Associated Press reported today that 14 out of 15 hepatitis claims against Chi Chi’s were settled in first mediation sessions. Two settlements involve more than $35,000 each, so they’ll have to be approved by the bankruptcy judge.
“The amount of the settlements are confidential, although the cases we resolved are
The Associated Press reported this morning that Chi Chi’s bankruptcy judge approved the mediation agreement which will allow claimants 45 days to submit lawsuits to nonbinding mediation, beginning in about two weeks.
In the past, notices of court orders like the one signed Thursday have been run in newspapers and on radio broadcasts advising people
The agreement to approve a mediation system to handle major legal claims against Chi Chi’s was going to be presented on Tuesday, but was delayed because one of the attorneys couldn’t sign off on it until Wednesday.
The agreement will create a 45-day window during which those who got sick could submit their pending lawsuits…