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Lawsuit Filed Today Against Golden Corral Restaurant


April 7, 1999

A lawsuit was filed today against Golden Corral ® restaurants on behalf of Melissa and Chad Hodgson of Kearney, Nebraska by their attorneys Marler Clark of Seattle, Washington and Nancy Freburg of Kearney.

On February 26, Melissa and Chad made their first ever stop at the Golden Corral ® restaurant in Kearney, one of the outlets in the so-called “buffet grill” chain of 473 nationwide, where she ate a large lettuce salad.

On March 1, Melissa began to feel ill, and by the 4th she started to have severe and frequent bloody diarrhea. She was cultured for the deadly E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Fortunately, Melissa’s sickness did not require hospitalization. She began to feel better by March 8, but there are still medical concerns about the long-term impact of the bacteria on her body.

"From press accounts and from statements by the Nebraska health authorities, it appears that the outbreak will peak at approximately 80 injured persons. However, this outbreak ranks equal to the one involving Odwalla apple juice in 1996," said attorney Bruce Clark of the Seattle law firm, Marler Clark.

According to attorney William Marler: “The tragedy is that this occurred at all. These illnesses should never have happened. The Golden Corral ® should have done a far better job in knowing both the quality of its products and assuring proper sanitation.”

Continue reading Lawsuit Filed Today Against Golden Corral Restaurant on the Marler Clark website.

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