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Mother of children sickened by Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe sues Wal-Mart

Law firm nationally recognized for work on foodborne illness cases hired to represent family with two children sickened in a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupe.


August 22, 2012

Seattle-based Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, filed a lawsuit today against Wal-Mart on behalf of a Michigan family stricken by the latest cantaloupe-related Salmonella outbreak. The complaint was filed in Calhoun County Circuit Court in Michigan on behalf of Battle Creek resident Angela Compton and her two children, who both fell ill with Salmonella Typhimurium infections after eating cantaloupe purchased from Wal-Mart in mid-July. Co-counsel on the case is respected Michigan attorney Michael Heilmann.

According to the complaint, Angela Compton purchased 3 cantaloupes at the Wal-Mart store located at 6020 B Drive North in Battle Creek on July 12, 2012, and later sliced the cantaloupes and served them to her family. Both of Mrs. Compton's children required extensive medical treatment and tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. Mrs. Compton later learned in conversations with Michigan health officials that her daughters’ illnesses were part of the multi-state cantaloupe outbreak linked to melons grown in southwest Indiana.

“I’m in the middle of litigation from last year’s Listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes grown in Colorado. I would have expected farmers, distributors and retailers to have better food safety procedures in place this year to prevent another cantaloupe-related outbreak from happening,” said Bill Marler, attorney for the plaintiffs. Marler represents 42 families with members who became ill during the September, 2011 Listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes sold by Colorado-based Jensen Farms.

Read the original press release, "Mother of children sickened by Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe sues Wal-Mart" at the Marler Clark website.

More on this outbreak: Chamberlain Farms Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak

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