Simon & Luke Files First Hepatitis A Lawsuit Against Townsend Farms and Costco
Corporation, along with San Diego Co-Counsel Gomez Iagmin
SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2013
SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today the Houston-based food safety
law firm of Simon & Luke, with co-counsel Gomez & Iagmin, filed the first
lawsuit stemming from a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak linked to consumption
of a frozen berry mix manufactured by Oregon-based Townsend Farms and sold at
The lawsuit was filed against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation in the
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California on behalf of 51-year old
Lakewood, California resident Lynda Brackenridge. Ms. Brackenridge consumed
Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend berries she had purchased at a
nearby Costco store. On May 22, she began to experience fatigue, chills,
muscle and joint aches, and loss of appetite. Over the next few days, she
began to experience additional symptoms, including vomiting and dry heaves,
darkened urine, and yellowing of the eyes and skin. She was taken to her
local doctor's office where she submitted blood and urine samples and was
given IV fluids for dehydration. On May 30, her doctors informed her that her
liver enzymes were severely elevated, and she was immediately scheduled for an
ultrasound later that day. On May 31, after her test results showed severe
liver inflammation, she was admitted to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for
continued IV therapy, anti-nausea medication, and monitoring. On June 1, her
hepatologist informed her that she had contracted Hepatitis A, and that she
would need to be isolated from other patients.
Ms. Brackenridge remains hospitalized in isolation at Long Beach Memorial
Hospital in guarded condition.
Prior to her Hepatitis A illness, Ms. Brackenridge led an otherwise healthy,
active lifestyle, which included hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other
rigorous outdoor activities. She has already lost over 10 pounds due to her
Ms. Brackenridge is one of at least 30 victims in the western United States
who have contracted Hepatitis A linked to frozen Townsend Farm berries. The
victims are located in California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.
The outbreak has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise all potential consumers against
consuming this product. Although Townsend Farms has refused to issue a
formal recall, Costco has already begun notifying customers to search their
refrigerators and discard the product.
The outbreak strain of Hepatitis A is rarely seen in the United States, and is
more common in North Africa and the Middle East. This strain has been
identified in recent outbreaks in Europe and British Columbia. In both
outbreaks, the illnesses were linked to consumption of frozen berries.
Ron Simon, counsel for Ms. Brackenridge, issued the following statement today:
"We will determine exactly how these berries became contaminated so that we
can prevent this from happening again. Americans deserve to eat with the
confidence that their food won't harm them. This lawsuit is just one more
step towards assuring that all foods in the United States be safe and free
John H. Gomez, co-counsel, affirms "Californians deserve safe food. In case
after case, we fight hard to ensure that it is."
Simon & Luke currently represents numerous victims involved in this outbreak.
About Ron Simon and Simon & Luke
Simon & Luke's groundbreaking work on behalf of victims in several recent
outbreaks (Peter Pan peanut butter, Castleberry's chili, Nestle cookie dough,
Peanut Corporation of America Peanut products, JBS Swift beef, Daniele salami,
Subway sandwiches, Wright County Egg / Hillandale Farms eggs, Cargill ground
turkey, Agromod papayas, Moon Marine sushi, and Firefly tapas, to name a few)
have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major
television networks andprint media.
The firm has represented over 5000 victims of food-borne outbreaks in the past
five years alone, and has collected over$550,000,000for its clients.
The firm regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation
atwww.myfoodpoisoninglawyer.com, which are read by viewers in over 175
About Gomez Iagmin
Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys out of San Diego have represented victims of a
wide variety of food borne illnesses. We have been involved in virtually every
national food borne illness outbreak over the last 5 years, including Peter
Pan peanut butter, Castleberry's chili, Nestle cookie dough, Kellogg crackers,
Subway sandwiches, Wright County Egg/Hillandale Farms eggs, and Jensen Farms
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SOURCE Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys
Contact: John Gomez, Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys, (619) 850-2813,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ron Simon, Simon & Luke, L.L.P., (713) 819-8116,
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