Thu, March 5, 2009
Karen Clark and her brother Timothy were
An affidavit filed with the court says
Frances Clark, who died Aug. 25, ate tainted Maple Leaf products as she
recovered in a hospital in
She again ate Maple Leaf products at a long-term care facility.
Several lawsuits have been filed across
the country accusing Maple Leaf of negligence.
outbreak that killed at least 20 people last summer was linked to one of
“It isn’t the money so much. It’s to get changes made so this doesn’t happen again to anybody,” Timothy Clark said outside the court. “That’s the reason we got into the lawsuit.”
As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay up to $125,000 to people with serious and long-lasting physical injuries resulting from the outbreak.
Payments of $120,000 will go to estates of the deceased with “additional substantial amounts” to be paid to immediate family members.
Those who sustained physical symptoms consistent with listeriosis lasting between 24 and 48 hours will get $750.
Plaintiff lawyer Joel Rochon says about 3,151 claims have been identified, and others could still come forward.
The agreement still needs approval from
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