In the summer of 2019, food poisoning attorney Ron Simon & Associates along with Florida Counsel, Levin Law, filed a number of lawsuits against Coper’s Hawk and Harvest Sensations, L.L.C. for distributing Cyclospora contaminated Mexican basil. The lawsuits were filed against Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, along with its suppliers, after Cooper’s Hawk served the contaminated basil to its patrons and as many as 150 people fell ill.
Now, in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of two infected individuals who ate at Cooper’s Hawk in June 2019, the litigation enters a new phase. With four months left before suing will be barred by the statute of limitations, this new lawsuit comes at a time that Ron Simon is seeking punitive damages in litigating that was filed several years ago. According to Simon, “our efforts to seek punitive damages comes after we reviewed many of the documents provided in discovery, and identified actions and omissions we believe warrant punitive damages.”
Ron Simon has encouraged victims to seek compensation for expenses caused by the parasite-infested food served by Cooper’s Hawk and established a Cyclospora page to assist victims of the outbreak. He reminds Floridians that the deadline to file suit is fast approaching – this summer.
Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause a variety of symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and cramping and usually lasts a few days. Medical treatment should be sought if symptoms last more than a week. Ron Simon and his colleagues previously represented victims of Cyclospora in outbreaks from Del Monte and McDonalds in 2018, as well as a number of other outbreaks. Simon says “my firm had represented thousands of victims of food poisoning in the past 20 years. Our representation has helped individuals infected by a foodborne illness and our efforts have led to improvements in food safety procedures in legislation across the country.”