Simon & Luke Files First Cyclospora Lawsuit Against Olive Garden

       Simon & Luke Files First Cyclospora Lawsuit Against Olive Garden

PR Newswire

TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2013

TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Houston-based food safety law
firm of Simon & Luke, along with local counsel Williams, DeClark & Tuschman,
has filed the first lawsuit in Ohio stemming from a multi-state Cyclospora
outbreak linked to salad mix produced by Mexico-based Taylor Farms and served
at Olive Garden Restaurants.A copy of the lawsuit is available upon request.

The lawsuit was filed in Lucas County, Ohio on behalf of Justin Haren, a
35-year old resident of Toledo. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Haren consumed
salad he had purchased at an Olive Garden on May 28, 2013. Shortly
thereafter, he started to experience nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramping,
bloating, loss of appetite, and fever. He initially attempted to ride out the
illness, but when his symptoms did not improve, he presented to an Urgent Care
facility in Maumee, Ohio on June 23, 2013. He was diagnosed with
gastroenteritis. He received additional follow up treatment at Springforest
Family Physicians the next day, where additional testing was performed. Test
results would later show that Mr. Haren had tested positive for Cyclospora.

In July, still suffering the effects of Cyclospora infection and having lost
20 pounds, he presented to Wellstar Paulding Hospital and received additional

Mr. Haren subsequently received a call from Ohio State Health department
informing him that he was part of a nationwide Cyclospora outbreak. The
outbreak has been linked to consumption of salads served at Olive Garden

Mr. Haren is still recovering from his illness, and will require ongoing
monitoring of his condition.

Mr. Haren is one of at least 466 victims in 16 states who have been recently
sickened with Cyclospora according to the CDC.

According to the CDC website, Cyclospora is a parasite that is commonly spread
by ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces.

Ron Simon, counsel for Mr. Haren, issued the following statement: "Olive
Garden and Taylor Farms have an obligation to make sure that the food they
sell is free of human or animal feces. They failed that obligation, and will
now have to answer for it."

Mr. Simon represents dozens of Cyclospora victims nationwide in this outbreak,
and anticipates filing several additional lawsuits in the coming days.

About Ron Simon

Ron Simon's groundbreaking work on behalf of victims in several recent
national food borne illness outbreaks (Townsend Farms Organic Berries, 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 eggs, Agromod papayas, and Moon Marine sushi, to
name a few) have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all
other major television networks and in print media.His firm has represented
over 5,000 victims of food-borne outbreaks in the past five years alone, and
has collected over $550,000,000 for its clients.

The firm regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation at which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.

For media inquiries or more information on this outbreak and ongoing
litigation, please contact Ron Simon directly at (713) 819-8116 or or Tony Coveny at (713) 306-3880 or

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