Marler Clark files fourth lawsuit against Chili’sVERNON HILLS –Marler Clark today filed its fourth lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, owner of the now-closed Vernon Hills Chili’s Grill & Bar. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court on behalf of Claude McDermott, who became seriously ill with a Salmonella infection, and suffered permanent injury, after eating catered, take-out food from Chili’s. The Chili’s “Party Platters” were served as part of a celebration at work, a celebration turned-bad that resulted in Claude and a host of co-workers falling ill.
After holding off filing a lawsuit in order to give Chili’s a chance to “do the right thing” for him and its hundreds of injured customers, McDermott decided that it was now time to take a stand. He stated: “I truly believe that management made the decision to risk the health of its patrons in order to meet corporate ‘bottom line’ goals of profit. Greed took the place of caution in this debacle, ultimately leading to human suffering which for some may last a life time.”
Today’s lawsuit, in addition to seeking compensation for past medical bills, and general damages for pain and suffering, seeks punitive damages, alleging Chili’s “acted in a grossly negligent manner” and “wanton and willful acts were committed with a conscious and reckless indifference to existing circumstances and conditions, and to the rights and safety of others, with such acts including, but not limited to, preparing and serving food to the public despite having a broken dish-washing machine without sanitizer in it, having no hot water available for employees to wash their hands on one day, and no water at all for part of a second day. Such acts were also violations of the law.”
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