Lawsuit continues for 235 sickened with E. coli O157:H7 at Harvey’s in Ontario in 2008

In the fall of 2008, 235 people got sick dining at a Harvey’s fast-food restaurant at a major thoroughfare in North Bay, Ontario, about four hours north of Toronto (that’s in Canada).

A report by the North Bay and District Health Unit concluded the outbreak was probably caused by raw Spanish onions and poor cleaning of onion slicing machines.

Today, the North Bay Nugget reported that depositions are scheduled to continue this month in a class-action suit against the restaurant, according to the law firm handling the claim.

The statement of claim alleges Cara Operations Ltd., 1233280 Ontario Inc. and Summit Food Distributors were negligent because they provided food or beverages contaminated with E. coli, says the website for law firm Sutts, Strosberg LLP.

It says depositions started in November with a representative from each party asked questions about documents that had been produced and issues in the lawsuit.

These examinations were adjourned when it was learned the franchise owner also filed a separate lawsuit against Cara and others claiming the outbreak at the restaurant "ruined their business and caused the business to be sold at a loss."

The claim was filed on behalf of all people who ate the restaurant from Sept. 12, 2008 to Oct. 12, 2008 and all people who were infected due to secondary contact with them.