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Wed September 30, 2009

Lawsuit Filed in E-Coli Case

Pryor, OK – PRYOR, Okla. (AP) A lawsuit has been filed against a Locust Grove restaurant seeking more than $3 million on behalf of 14 people sickened by an August 2008 outbreak of E. coli.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Mayes County District Court against the Country Cottage restaurant on behalf of 12 families. The plaintiffs are represented by a Pryor law firm and a Seattle, Wa.-based firm that specializes in foodborne illness litigation.

A telephone message left Wednesday with a spokeswoman for the restaurant owners was not immediately returned.

According to a state Health Department report on the outbreak, 341 people were sickened by the bacteria, 70 were hospitalized and one died. An extensive investigation failed to determine how the bacteria was introduced into the restaurant.