Second Lawsuit Filed in Bartaco Hepatitis A Outbreak


Westchester, New York – A second Hepatitis A lawsuit was filed today against Bartaco Port Chester, LLC in Westchester County Supreme Court. The complaint was filed on behalf of two Westchester residents, Michael and Joan Reda. Both were infected with Hepatitis A after eating at Bartaco on September 10, 2017. The couple is represented by William Marler of Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and Paul Nunes of Underberg & Kessler, a Rochester based firm.

The lawsuit states the Mr. Reda began experiencing symptoms of Hepatitis A Virus on October 14 and sought medical attention at Lawrence Hospital, where his blood tested positive for Hepatitis A. Mr. Reda continues to have check ups every two weeks to manage his Hepatitis A symptoms.

Ms. Reda’s symptoms began on October 20, 2017 and sought medical treatment on November 14. During treatment, her blood tested positive for Hepatitis A. Ms. Reda continues to receive medical attention to monitor her symptoms.

In late October, health officials announced that customers who had visited Bartaco between the dates of October 12th and 23rd had been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus. Health officials estimated that over 3,000 people, obtained recommended Immune Globulin shots along with blood tests and other diagnostic procedures. Marler Clark currently represents 3 individuals who tested positive for Hepatitis A, along with over 400 others as part of a class action lawsuit against Bartaco.   “Whether it be fast food or fine dining, people have a right to expect that the food served to them at a restaurant is safe to eat,” the Reda’s attorney, Paul Nunes.

Hepatitis A is a food borne virus that can be passed by infected food handlers to consumers. The virus attacks the liver, and symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dark urine, fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, loss of appetite, and jaundice. In extreme cases, liver failure can result. The virus has a long incubation period, and symptoms may not appear for fifteen to fifty days. More information on Hepatitis A can be found at www.about-hepatitis.com

 Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Costco, Subway, McDonald’s, Red Robin, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.  We proudly represented the family of Donald Rockwell, who died after consuming hepatitis A tainted food and Richard Miller, who required a liver transplant after eating food at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.