Class Action Suit Filed Against Salmonella-Contaminated Egg Producers

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeks to establish a nationwide class action against the two Iowa farms linked to the recent recall of 550 million eggs allegedly contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis.

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeks to establish a nationwide class action against the two Iowa farms linked to the recent recall of 550 million eggs allegedly contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis.

The suit against Wright County Egg, and Hillandale Farms seeks certification for one overarching class of plaintiffs and three subclasses. The class would be defined as "all persons, their estates, administrators or other legal representatives, throughout the United States who purchased eggs manufactured and/or distributed by defendants.''

The suit then seeks to represent a subclass of plaintiffs who suffered personal injuries as a result of ingesting the contaminated eggs and a second subclass for the purposes of medical monitoring. Finally, the suit seeks to represent a "reimbursement subclass,'' composed of potentially millions of consumers who purchased the eggs contaminated with salmonella.

The legal action faults the defendants for egregious violations of state and federal safety laws including the Food and Drug Administration's recent egg safety rule, which requires large producers to adopt various preventive measures to ensure food safety. 

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