GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit has been filed in Grand Rapids against the owners of a Wendy’s in Grandville, following an E. coli outbreak in the Midwest that’s been potentially linked to the fast food chain’s lettuce.
Ron Simon and Associates — a national food poisoning law firm — along with The Failey Law Firm filed the lawsuit Friday, Sept. 2, against Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. on behalf of S. Meyers.
Meyers allegedly became ill after consuming a Dave’s Double with fries at one of the company’s restaurants in Grandville, experiencing severe abdominal pain, nausea and bloody diarrhea. Meyers was forced to seek medical treatment at Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, according to a statement.
The Centers for Disease Control last week updated the number of victims in the recent outbreak to 97 confirmed cases, most in the Midwest, including 43 hospitalizations and 10 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome. Michigan had the greatest number of confirmed cases.
The outbreak was announced by the CDC in mid-August. E. coli is a bacteria usually transmitted through human feces. Despite the lawsuit, the CDC has yet to confirm the outbreak began at Wendy’s restaurants.
“A specific food has not yet been confirmed as the source of this outbreak, but many sick people reported eating burgers and sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants before getting sick,” the report said.
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The report said, of 67 infected people who provided a detailed food history, 81 percent said they’d eaten at Wendy’s in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio or Pennsylvania in the week before their illness started. Wendy’s has “taken the precautionary measure” of removing romaine lettuce being used in sandwiches from restaurants in the region.
Lawsuits continue to be filed nationwide, including by Marler Clark — a Seattle-based food-safety law firm — which filed six lawsuits against Wendy’s, as well as its lettuce supplier, representing 36 people.
Two of the complaints were filed in Michigan and four in Ohio, according to Business Insider.
The CDC isn’t advising the public to avoid Wendy’s or romaine lettuce.
— Contact reporter Cassandra Lybrink atcassandra.lybrink@hollandsentinel.com. Follow her on Instagram@BizHolland.

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