Simon & Luke and Gomez Iagmin File Second Hepatitis Lawsuit Against Townsend
Farms and Costco in San Diego
SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Houston-based food safety law firm
of Simon & Luke, with co-counsel Gomez & Iagmin, has filed another lawsuit
stemming from a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak linked to consumption of
frozen berries manufactured by Oregon-based Townsend Farms and sold at Costco
The lawsuit was filed against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation in the
Superior Court of San Diego County, California on behalf of 58-year old El
Cajon, California resident Cindy Wilson. Ms. Wilson consumed Townsend Farms
Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend berries she had purchased at a Costco store in La
Mesa.OnMay 6, she began to experience fatigue, dehydration, headaches,
muscle and joint aches. She was taken to her local Urgent Care Center on May
13 where she was examined, treated, and released shortly thereafter with a
diagnosis of viral infection. Over the next few days, she began to
experience additional symptoms, including nausea, darkened urine, and
yellowing of the eyes and skin. After her symptoms did not improve, she was
taken to her primary care physician on May 17 who, upon inspection,
immediately instructed Plaintiff to go to Sharp Memorial Hospital for further
treatment and evaluation. At Sharp, she was given a CAT scan and chest X-ray,
asked to submit blood samples, and was given IV fluids for dehydration and
anti-nausea medication. Doctors waited for the test results to determine
exactly what was making Plaintiff so sick. The answer would come from the
local health department the next day – she had tested positive for Hepatitis
Plaintiff is still recovering from her Hepatitis A infection, and has
additional treatment, including an ultrasound, scheduled in the coming weeks.
Plaintiff is a Supervising Investigator for the State of California –
Department of Health Care Services. She has not returned to work since her
Ms. Wilson is one of at least 49 victims in 7 states who contracted Hepatitis
A after consuming frozen Townsend Farm berries. The victims are located in
California, Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. Per the
CDC website, Hepatitis A is spread when food or drink contaminated by feces of
an infected person is ingested by mouth.
Simon & Luke and Gomez Iagmin filed the first Hepatitis A lawsuit in the
United States against Townsend Farms and Costco in Los Angeles on June 3 on
behalf of a 51-year old resident of Lakewood, California. Immediately
thereafter, Townsend Farms issued a recall of the tainted berries.
Prior to the lawsuit, Costco had already begun notifying customers to discard
the product, despite Townsend Farms' refusal to acknowledge the link between
the frozen berry mix and Hepatitis A illnesses.
Ron Simon, counsel for Ms. Wilson, issued the following statement today:
"Costco and Townsend Farms have an obligation to make sure that the food they
sell is free of human feces. They failed that obligation, and will now have
to answer for it."
John H. Gomez, co-counsel, affirms "Californians deserve safe food. Incase
after case, we fight hard to ensure that it is."
Simon & Luke currently represents dozens of victims involved in this outbreak,
and anticipates filing many more lawsuits in the coming weeks.
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
For more information about the Gomez Iagmin, please visitwww.gomeziagmin.com
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Contact: John Gomez, Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys, 655 West Broadway Suite
1700, San Diego CA 92101, 619) 237.3490 or Ron Simon, Simon & Luke, L.L.P.,
2929 Allen Parkway, 42nd Floor, Houston, Texas 77019, (713) 335-4900, (713)
335-4949 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org or Yolanda S. Walther-Meade, (858)344.2337,
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