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Simon & Luke Files First Hepatitis A Lawsuit Against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation
Date:6/4/2013

(PRWEB) June 04, 2013

Yesterday the Houston-based food safety law firm of Simon & Luke, with co-counsel Gomez & Iagmin, filed the first lawsuit stemming from a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak linked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on June 3, 2013, to consumption of a frozen berry mix manufactured by Oregon-based Townsend Farms and sold at Costco stores. A file stamped copy of the lawsuit, Case Number BC510633, was filed June 3, 2013, and is attached.

The lawsuit was filed against Townsend Farms and Costco Corporation in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California on behalf of 51-year old Lakewood, California resident Lynda Brackenridge. According to the Complaint, Ms. Brackenridge consumed Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend berries she had purchased at a nearby Costco store. In the Complaint, Ms. Brackenridge alleges that on May 22, she began to experience fatigue, chills, muscle and joint aches, and loss of appetite. Over the next few days, she began to experience additional symptoms, including vomiting and dry heaves, darkened urine, and yellowing of the eyes and skin. She was taken to her local doctor’s office where she submitted blood and urine samples and was given IV fluids for dehydration. On May 30, her doctors informed her that her liver enzymes were severely elevated, and she was immediately scheduled for an ultrasound later that day. According to the Complaint, on May 31, after her test results showed severe liver inflammation, she was admitted to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for continued IV therapy, anti-nausea medication, and monitoring. On June 1, her hepatologist informed her that she had contracted Hepatitis A, and that she would need to be isolated from other patients.

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