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Attorneys for Sheetz salmonella victims want to start mediation

WHEELING, W.Va. - Attorneys for more than 80 people who claim they were sickened by tomatoes served at Sheetz convenience stores in Virginia and other states last year want a bankruptcy judge to O-K a plan to mediate pending lawsuits.

Seattle food-illness attorney Bill Marler asked a federal judge in West Virginia to allow plaintiffs' attorneys to bargain with those representing Sheetz and Coronet Foods. Coronet is the now-bankrupt company from Wheeling that sold the salmonella-tained tomatoes to Sheetz.

Any settlements of less than 50-thousand dollars would be paid outright; larger settlements would need court approval.

More than 400 people were sickened in nine states -- including Virginia -- in the outbreak at the Pennsylvania-based chain of convenience stores.

The Centers for Disease Control traced the tainted tomatoes to a Florida packing house which it has not identified.

More on this outbreak: Sheetz and Coronet Foods Salmonella Outbreak

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