Slater Vecchio LLP has filed class action lawsuits in Quebec and British Columbia seeking to represent persons who have suffered harms and losses from consuming or purchasing cantaloupes and other products that are subject to Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalls because of actual or potential contamination with Salmonella.
If you or someone you know has consumed or purchased recalled cantaloupe products, our lawyers can help, please fill out our contact form today.
Salmonellosis is a serious infection caused by Salmonella bacteria. Symptoms include:
• a fever
• stomach cramps
• a sudden headache
Most symptoms last generally between four and seven days. However, some people may have a more serious illness that requires hospital care and/or may lead to long-last health effects or death.
To consult the list of recalled products, visit the Government of Canada’s website.
A class action is a legal case through which one person makes a claim to the Court on behalf of a similarly situated class of people who have the same or a similar legal claim. A class action seeks to hold a defendant or defendants responsible for their conduct that affects each member of the class by resolving issues that are common to the class in the same legal proceeding, instead of each class member bringing a claim individually.
The individual who first files the claim must ask the Court for permission to proceed as a class action. If permission is granted (referred as “authorized” in Quebec, and “certified” in all other Canadian provinces) and the case may proceed as a class action, the Court will appoint an individual as “Representative Plaintiff” to represent the best interests of the class during the litigation and define the class group. Each person who meets the criteria of the class group is considered a “Class Member”.
The proposed class action has been filed on behalf all persons in Quebec who purchased, or consumed and got sick, including any heirs as part of a succession, the cantaloupes or related fruit products that were recalled because of contamination or likely contamination with Salmonella.
If you purchased these cantaloupes subject to the recall but haven’t consumed them, don’t eat them. Preserve evidence, of your purchase if possible, like keeping a copy of a receipt or take a time-stamped photo of the cantaloupe or fruit product if you still have it. Monitor your health and the health of others. Seek medical treatment as appropriate.
Contact our office or fill out the contact form on this page to register to our database to obtain more information and receive all the updates and notices regarding this action.
To obtain compensation as part of the Class action, it is imperative that Slater Vecchio identify who the class members are. Our staff will be pleased to answer your questions and assist, as appropriate.