Class action against Tiger to proceed

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Class action against Tiger to proceed

Published Date: 2018-12-04 | Source: Stephen Gunnion | Author: Stephen Gunnion

Class action against Tiger to proceed

The claims of more than 1 000 victims will now be be able to proceed as one against Tiger Brands in a single matter.

A class-action lawsuit against Tiger Brands is to proceed after an outbreak of listeriosis linked to its factories left more than 200 people dead late last year and early this year.

In a statement yesterday, the food producer said the Johannesburg High Court had granted an order certifying the suit, which was brought by Richard Spoor Attorneys in the April and represents four classes of claimants. These include people who fell ill after eating Enterprise products; unborn children who contracted the disease in utero after their mothers consumed infected products; the dependents of people who died from listeriosis; and those caring for people who contracted listeriosis.

The class action will be conducted in two stages. In the first stage, the respondents' liability, if any, to the classes will be determined. If the liability is established, a second stage will determine whether the claimants ingested contaminated products, contracted listeria and suffered damages. Stage one will proceed on an "opt-out" basis, while stage two will proceed on an "opt-in" basis.

Spoor told Radio 702 that the claims of more than 1 000 victims would now be be able to proceed as one against Tiger Brands in a single matter.

In October, Tiger resumed production at its Germiston meat processing factory more than half a year after it closed the factory due to the listeriosis outbreak. The Enterprise meat canning operation in Polokwane, which was also implicated in the listeriosis outbreak, recommenced production in September after it received a Certificate of Acceptability from the Capricorn Municipality on 31 August.

Its shares closed unchanged at R268.





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