New Jersey Women Sue Panera Over E. coli Infections
July 18, 2018 – At least 2 women from New Jersey have filed lawsuits against the Panera Bread Co. for severe E. coli infections they say they developed after eating salads from Panera which contained tainted romaine lettuce, according to News 12 New Jersey.
The most recent woman to file suit against Panera is Robin Hall of Long Valley, New Jersey, who claims she became seriously ill after eating a salad from the Mount Olive Panera Bread on March 27, 2018. Hall was hospitalized from March 29 thru April 8 after she became “violently ill” with “a disease that was caused by contaminated food,” according to the suit. Although the diagnosis was not specified in the complaint, a nationwide E. coli outbreak attributed to romaine lettuce occurred during the same time period.
Hall’s lawsuit alleges that Panera Bread was in violation of the Products Liability Act of New Jersey by serving food they knew was unsafe. JAB Holding Company, ten John Does, and ten Jane Roe Corporations are all named as defendants in the complaint.
The suit was filed on July 13 in Morris County Superior Court, approximately 3 months after a Flemington woman filed a similar lawsuit against Panera Bread. Louise Fraser said she got sick with E. coli after eating at the Panera in Raritan around March 20.
E. Coli Symptoms
Symptoms of E. coli infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some people may also have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5 to 7 days, CDC said.
Why Our Firm is Only Filing Individual Panera Lawsuits Instead of a Class Action
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Panera Bread Class Action Suit, and is currently only filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members that have been diagnosed with a severe food poisoning illness after eating at Panera.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Panera Bread lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Panera Bread Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Panera Bread lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating at Panera Bread, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.