From the Washington Post:
Lawyers involved in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak last fall said Monday they were close to a settlement in the case.
The lawsuits were filed by people who were sickened or who had a family member die after the nationwide outbreak involving cantaloupes killed 30 people.
Attorneys for both sides said the deal could be finalized by fall.
“I would say we are very close,” said Jim Markus, an attorney for defendant Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo.
Bill Marler, a lawyer for 39 of the plaintiffs, said the settlement also could include a company that manufactures and imports food-processing equipment and a firm that did a safety audit of the farm.
The possible settlement currently being discussed would set up a victims’ fund of roughly $4 million, including $2 million from Jensen Farms’ insurer, Marler said. The remainder would come from the insurers of the equipment company and the safety auditor, he said.
The plaintiffs might also pursue claims against others involved in the distribution and sale of the cantaloupes, he said.