Make Our Food Safe
11/07/2011

"Listeria outbreak victims go beyond farm to target grocers, auditors"

Denver Post | Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown

 

"The three prime targets of lawsuits in the cantaloupe listeria outbreak have just $17 million in liability coverage for more than 130 illness cases that could easily cost more than $100 million, say experts in liability law.

The wide gap could make new legal targets out of grocery stores, distributors and auditing labs as victims seek richer funds for compensation, according to product-law experts.

'If they can get the deep pockets in, they're going to get them in,' said Denver lawyer Justin Prochnow.

'I think the case as a whole has the potential to make new law in Colorado,' said lawyer Scott Eldredge, a malpractice and liability specialist who also teaches at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law..."

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