October 6, 2009
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Houston lawyer representing people
sickened by the salmonella outbreak linked to a Virginia-based
peanut processor plans to file about 55 claims for compensation.
Ron Simon says he will file his clients' claims by next week.
They will be added to nearly 120 personal injury claims seeking
compensation from a $12 million fund.
Simon says many more claims could be filed by the Oct. 31
The outbreak of salmonella from products traced to Peanut Corp.
of America's plants in Georgia and Texas was linked the illnesses
of about 700 people and the deaths of at least nine.
Peanut Corp. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to dissolve amid
fallout from this year's outbreak.
A Bankruptcy Court judge in Lynchburg last week approved the
fund, which will use money from Peanut Corp. insurance policies.