Our law firm filed the first Salmonella lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC in March of 2016. If you became ill after eating pistachios between December 12, 2015 and February 9, 2016, you should contact Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm, our lead lawyers for this suit, to find out if you have the right to sue for compensation and, if so, what you need to do to secure your rights and receive compensation. It is not too late.
First Lawsuit Filed against Wonderful Pistachios
Our law firm filed the first lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC on behalf of a Minnesota man who became ill with Salmonella Montevideo after eating pistachios in February of 2016. At current count, the CDC reports that at least 10 other people were also sickened across 9 different states: Alabama (1), Arizona (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), North Dakota (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (2).
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella, a bacterium excreted in human and animal feces, can cause salmonellosis – a severe form of gastroenteritis – in those who ingest contaminated food. Symptoms, which begin 12 hours to 3 days after ingestion, can include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting; the illness typically lasts from 4 to 7 days. When these symptoms are severe, hospitalization may be required. Should the bacteria spread to the bloodstream, the disease can become life-threatening to infants, young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. It may also cause enteric reactive arthritis (and subsequent heart problems) in any joint in the body.
Tell Me More about the Pistachio Lawsuit
National food safety lawyers Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm filed this current lawsuit in U.S. District Court (Case 0:16-cv-00676) on March 17, 2016, after state, local, and federal public health and regulatory officials used DNA “fingerprinting” to link the contaminated pistachios to Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, California. The nuts were sold under the brand names of Wonderful, Trader Joe’s, and Paramount Farms. Wonderful Pistachios issued a recall of its product on March 9, 2016.
In a statement released to Business Wire, Brendan Flaherty explains the importance of this lawsuit:
“We hope that through the civil justice system, we can make Wonderful and other companies live up to their promises of safe products … Take it from my client, when you get sick from a pathogen associated with fecal matter, you will do whatever you can to prevent that from happening to other people.”
Our lawyers have built a nationwide practice in the area of Salmonella and other food poisoning litigation. A major player in almost every U.S. Salmonella outbreak, we utilize the “hands’ on” knowledge we have gained to secure tens of millions of dollars for victims of food products contaminated through the defective manufacturing of negligent companies. Our cases are generally litigated on an individual basis and not as a class action. Ask our Salmonella lawyers why.