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Punitive Damages Claim Added to Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits


March 22, 2004

VERNON HILLS –A federal court judge has allowed victims of the Salmonella outbreak that occurred at a Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant in June 2003 to add claims for punitive damages to the four lawsuits pending against the restaurant’s owner, Brinker Restaurant Corporation. MARLER CLARK, the Seattle law firm representing nearly 50 victims, today filed amended complaints on behalf of Jennifer and Bill Lussow, and Kimberly Fields.

The complaints allege that Chili’s “acted in a grossly negligent manner” and that “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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