Newland & Newland File Food Poisoning Complaint Stemming from Alleged Salmonella Outbreak at Funeral Luncheon

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The law firm of Newland & Newland, LLP recently filed a complaint at law in the Circuit Court of McHenry County (Case No. 15LA000348) regarding an alleged funeral luncheon food-poisoning outbreak, on behalf of plaintiffs Christina Adams and Benjamin Winandy against defendant Greg Smith of Family Affair Catering.

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According to court documents, a McHenry County Health Department report states this mass food poisoning included at least sixteen identified Salmonella cases, including the plaintiffs, Adams and Winandy.

According to court documents, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, Greg Smith, operating under the name of Family Affair Catering, manufactured and provided catering services for a funeral ceremony at the McHenry Moose Lodge. The court documents also state, on or about the week of July 22, the McHenry County Health Department learned of a potential outbreak of Salmonella illnesses at the aforementioned ceremony, linked to food manufactured and provided by Smith.

“Court documents further allege that Smith was operating without proper licensing to do so,” said attorney for the plaintiffs, Gary Newland. “According to court documents, a McHenry County Health Department report states this mass food poisoning included at least sixteen identified Salmonella cases, including the plaintiffs, Adams and Winandy.”

Court documents further explain that both Adams and Winandy allegedly told the defendant at the ceremony that the food he provided appeared undercooked and raw. The court documents also state that both plaintiffs later suffered from alleged severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and general malice. Adams was seven months pregnant at the time and on July 24, Winandy visited the emergency room due to his deteriorating condition, undergoing various forms of treatment.

Both plaintiffs, according to court documents, were informed that they tested positive for Salmonella. The complaint filed by Newland on behalf of the plaintiffs claims that the defendant is strictly liable for the harm allegedly caused by his manufacture and distribution of an alleged unsafe food product.

Gary Newland, of Newland & Newland, LLP, who was named an American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Illinois in 2015, is a trial lawyer that represents people injured by food poisoning and with the heartache and pain caused by the negligence of caterers and other food handlers. Newland & Newland have represented those poisoned by chemicals, Salmonella, Shigella, Scombroid, Listeria, Norovirus and other types of food poisoning.

About Newland & Newland, LLP
Newland & Newland, LLP represents clients throughout Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, DuPage County and Will County in the practice areas of foreclosure defense, loan modifications, bankruptcy, personal injury and workers’ compensation. The memberships of their attorneys include the Illinois State Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Newland & Newland, LLP serves clients through multiple offices in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Cary, and Chicago. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (847) 549-0000.

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