Jensen Farms Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak - Marler Clark Litigation in Kansas


Johnson County District Court

Madden v. Frontera Produce, Primus Labs, CH Robinson Worldwide and First Watch Restaurants

A lawsuit filed by William and Jaqueline Madden alleges that Mr. Madden consumed cantaloupe when dining with a friend for breakfast at the First Watch restaurant in Prairie Village, Kansas on August 24, 2011. The cantaloupe he consumed was grown by Jensen Farms and was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

According to the complaint, Mr. Madden, who was 77 at the time, fell ill with symptoms of Listeria infection on September 2, 2011 and was admitted to the hospital. He remained hospitalized for nearly 4 months, and was finally discharged home on Christmas Eve, 2011.

A blood specimen collected when Mr. Madden was admitted to the hospital tested positive for one of five strains of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria associated with the Jensen Farms cantaloupe outbreak.

Medical expenses associated with Mr. Madden’s Listeria infection and illness total nearly $365,000.

Sedgwick County District court

Weimer v. Frontera Produce, Primus Labs and Dillon Companies

A lawsuit brought by the family of David Allen Weimer alleges that Mr. Weimer purchased and consumed cantaloupe purchased at Dillons store locations on Wichita, Kansas on several occasions in August of 2011. The cantaloupes purchased by Mr. Weimer were grown by Jensen Farms and were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Mr. Weimer fell ill with symptoms of Listeria infection on September 13, 2011. The next day he was hospitalized. Despite receiving medical treatment over the next several days, Mr. Weimer’s condition deteriorated rapidly and he died on September 19, 2011 of listeriosis, the illness caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Both blood and spinal fluid collected from Mr. Weimer tested positive for one of five strains of Listeria monocytogenes associated with the Jensen Farms cantaloupe outbreak.

Mr. Weimer was 59 years old. His medical expenses totaled over $55,000.

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