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Apple Seller Sued Happy Apple Company Inc. Along with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Bidart Brothers Apple Packing Inc. After Listeria Outbreak

The suit, filed in the Superior Court of Sacramento County on behalf of Darlene and Francis Vouri, includes Happy Apple Company Inc. as a defendant along with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and California-based Bidart Brothers Apple Packing Inc. The suit alleges that the defendants breached their duties in ensuring safe growing, manufacturing and processing of the apples and failing to warn the public about the dangerous propensities of the caramel apples, particularly that they were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The suit alleges that the defendants breached their duties in ensuring safe growing, manufacturing and processing of the apples and failing to warn the public about the "dangerous propensities of the caramel apples, particularly that they were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes".

Ron Simon & Associates Files Caramel Apple Listeria Lawsuit

Ron Simon & Associates, along with Gomez Trial Attorneys, filed a lawsuit stemming from a multi-state listeria outbreak linked to consumption of contaminated caramel apples. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Sacramento County, California on behalf of Darlene Vouri and her husband Francis Vouri against apple supplier Bidart Brothers Apple Packing Co. of Shafter, California, caramel apple manufacturer Happy Apple Company Inc. of Union, Missouri, and national retailer Wal-Mart. The Vouris purchased the caramel apples on October 14, 2014 from the Wal⠓Mart located at 5454 Crossings Drive in Rocklin, CA. Darlene consumed them shortly thereafter. Within a few days, she began to experience a headache, neck pain, fatigue, chills, and muscle aches and weakness. She presented to her physician on a number of occasions over the next two weeks as her condition deteriorated. But on November 8th, Darlene collapsed and was rushed to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. On November 9, after a second collapse, the attending physicians admitted her and ran a battery of tests while treating her symptoms. Her physicians began to suspect aseptic meningitis and ordered a spinal tap which revealed spinal meningitis of bacterial etiology. Testing revealed the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, compelling her doctors to place her in an isolation room for quarantine. Infectious disease was consulted. Doctors placed Darlene on an aggressive regimen of antibiotics and monitored her around the clock. At the end of a lengthy quarantine period, hospital staff transferred Darlene to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, where she continued to receive around-the-clock medical treatment. Finally, on December 10th, after a month of hospitalization and treatment, she returned home. Since that time, she has continued to receive in-home nursing. She is unable to ambulate without significant assistance or to perform regular daily tasks. On January 10, 2015, Darlene collapsed for a third time. She remains in guarded condition. Darlene Vouri is one of at least 32 victims in 11 states who contracted Listeria monocytogenes after consuming caramel apples. The victims are located in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Open Gastonia Neighborhood Market on January 14, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will open its Gastonia Neighborhood Market location on January 14, 2015. The 41,000 square-foot store is at 2323 S. New Hope Road. It will operate from 6 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week. The Gastonia location will offer an assortment of merchandise, including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods and groceries. It also will sell health and beauty products, as well as pet and cleaning supplies. The store will have a drive-through pharmacy. Additional items - including toys, gifts, electronics and home decor - can be ordered at and shipped to the Gastonia store for free. The store will employ about 95 full- and part-time workers. Wal-Mart has opened Neighborhood Market locations in Kings Mountain and Waxhaw since December 2014. It has announced plans for three additional locations in this region - two in Charlotte and one in Newton.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Opens Walmart Neighborhood Market in Winters, Texas

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened a new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Winters, Texas. The new store is conveniently located next to Winters High School at 1010 N. Main St. and is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store will provide Winters residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods, groceries, pharmacy, and fuel.

Kansas Woman Sues Wal-Mart

Amanda DuVall, 28, of Fort Scott filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in Bourbon County on Oct. 22, nearly 11 months after she said she was shoved from behind, knocked to the ground and stomped by customers pushing to get a $49.99 tablet. DuVall said she waited three hours at the store's "early Black Friday" sale on Thanksgiving night 2013 and was at the front of the line when she was pushed down, according to the suit, which accuses Wal-Mart of negligence and violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. At Wal-Mart's request, the case was moved to federal court in Topeka in mid-November, and last month DuVall filed an amended petition seeking more than $75,000 in damages. DuVall contends injuries she sustained in the fall - during which her face struck the hard floor tile, according to the lawsuit - continue to cause her great pain in her head, neck and back, and have caused a loss of enjoyment of life and earning capacity. In its response to DuVall's amended petition seeking damages, Wal-Mart said it specifically denies that DuVall suffered any injury or damage. The retailer added that if she did, all such injury or damage was directly caused, in whole or in part, by the negligent acts, omissions or fault of Plaintiff. The suit claims the retailer violated the Consumer Protection Act by failing to tell customers there wouldn't be enough of the $49.99 tablets for everyone who wanted one.


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