Second Colorado Listeria Lawsuit Filed Against Cantaloupe Producer

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Marler Clark, The Food Safey Law Firm has filed a lawsuit in Colorado against Rocky Ford Cantalope grower Jensen Farms on behalf of a man who was hospitalized for weeks with a Listeria infection.

Marler Clark is the nation's foremost law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm

Indeed, the loss of one’s independence is an incredibly steep price for eating cantaloupe

The family of a man hospitalized after consuming contaminated cantaloupe filed a Listeria lawsuit against Rocky Ford cantaloupe producer Jensen Farms today in Arapahoe County District Court - case number 2011CV1891. This is the second Listeria lawsuit filed in Colorado by Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness.

According to the complaint, Herbert Stevens and his wife purchased Jensen Farms-grown Rocky Ford cantaloupe from a Littleton grocery store in early August. On August 24, 84-year-old Mr. Stevens fell ill with symptoms of listeriosis and became incapacitated. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he tested positive for the same strain of Listeria that is involved in the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak. Mr. Stevens remained hospitalized until several days ago, when he was transferred to a long-term care facility. It is not clear if he will be able to return home.

“The fact that he and Mrs. Stevens celebrated their 60th anniversary while he was relegated to an infirmary bed is both troubling and unfair,” said Stevens family attorney William Marler, whose firm won a $1.1 million dollar judgment on behalf of a Texas Listeria victim earlier this year. “Indeed, the loss of one’s independence is an incredibly steep price for eating cantaloupe.”

As of September 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on their site that 55 people from 10 states had become ill and eight had died due to Listeria infections linked to the consumption of cantaloupe produced by Holly, Colorado-based Jensen Farms.

Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that may cause serious illness. Those individuals who are immune-deficient, such as children, the elderly, and pregnant women are at risk for serious problems such meningitis, brain infection, and even death. Infection in pregnant women may lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Unlike other bacteria, Listeria grows well at cool temperatures, so even while refrigerated, many foods such as fruits, vegetables, deli meats and cheeses maintain higher risk for pathogen growth.

Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm dedicated solely to representing victims of foodborne illness. The firm’s Listeria attorneys have unmatched experience handling food poisoning cases and recently won a $1.1 million judgment on behalf of the family of a man who died after eating Listeria-contaminated celery in Bexar County Distric Court - case number 2011CI00152. The firm has recovered over $600,000,000 for victims of foodborne illnesses. For more information or if you are a member of the media and would like to view a copy of the complaint filed in Arapahoe County District Court - case number 2011CV1891, please contact Cody Moore at cmoore(at)marlerclark(dot)com or 1-206-407-2200.

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