Hearing in October for Harvey's lawsuit after E. coli outbreak in 2008

At least 235 people became sick during the outbreak that originated at the Harvey's restaurant on Algonquin Avenue. Forty-seven of those were confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection. It's the same strain that killed seven people and made another 2,500 people sick in Walkerton, Ont., in 2000.

North Bay Nugget
February 9, 2010

Hearing in October for Harvey's lawsuit after E. coli outbreak in 2008
Motion to certify suit as a class action
Maria Calabrease

A motion has been scheduled for October for a judge to decide whether a civil lawsuit against Harvey's Restaurant will be certified as a class action.

A statement of claim alleges Cara Operations Ltd. and 1233280 Ontario Inc. were negligent because they served food or beverages contaminated with E. coli between Sept. 12, 2008 and Oct. 12, 2008.

At least 235 people became sick during the outbreak that originated at the Harvey's restaurant on Algonquin Avenue. Forty-seven of those were confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection.

It's the same strain that killed seven people and made another 2,500 people sick in Walkerton, Ont., in 2000.

A judge decides if a lawsuit can proceed as a class action on behalf of a group of people in situations where the case would be too expensive or too complex for one person to sue on his own, the website says.

A report released last year found the outbreak in North Bay was likely caused by contaminated raw Spanish onions served at the restaurant.

It found inconsistent cleaning of an onion dicer may have contributed to the contamination along with a steel mesh glove that can harbour bacteria.

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