MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm of PritzkerOlsen, a premier food safety law firm headquartered in Minneapolis, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Minnesota man who was sickened with Salmonella Montevideo after consuming pistachios. The lawsuit names Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC, a Delaware company with principal place of business located in Lost Hills, California, as the defendant. This is believed to be the first lawsuit filed in conjunction with this outbreak.
The suit was filed today, March 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Case 0:16-cv-00676).
“We hope that through the civil justice system, we can make Wonderful and other companies live up to their promises of safe products,” said Flaherty. “Take it from my client, when you get sick from a pathogen associated with fecal matter, you will do whatever you can to prevent that from happening to other people.”
The complaint alleges that the Plaintiff contracted Salmonella Montevideo from a Wonderful Pistachios product he consumed in February of 2016. Genetic testing conducted on Salmonella isolates obtained from Plaintiff revealed that the Salmonella bacteria strains were genetically related to an outbreak strain that had sickened others who had also consumed pistachios.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 11 people from 9 different states have been sickened as a part of this outbreak. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 2015 to February 2016.
PritzkerOlsen is one of the elite law firms in the country practicing extensively in the area of Salmonella and food poisoning litigation. Lawyers at the firm have represented Salmonella food poisoning victims in practically every major U.S. outbreak, collecting tens of millions for their clients. The firm has a national practice and represents clients throughout the United States. Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm can be reached at 612-338-0202 or via the firm’s website, www.pritzkerlaw.com. The firm’s offices are centrally located at 45 South 7th Street, Suite 2950, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402.