Silver Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak LitigationIn September, October, November, and December of 2005, Los Angeles County witnessed a significant increase in reported hepatitis A illnesses among its residents. Investigations by state and local health agencies identified at least three point-source hepatitis A outbreaks, with one occurring among cast and crew on a movie set in north Hollywood. During their investigation into the outbreak, health officials identified October 3, 2005, as the date that the cast and crewmembers were exposed to hepatitis A-contaminated food. Catering services were provided by Silver Grill Location Catering, and others.
Investigators from the LACDHS Environmental Health staff and the California Department of Health Services’ Food and Drug Branch concluded that lettuce was the likely source of the outbreak and conducted a traceback on the lettuce. On January 6, 2006, LACDHS issued an outbreak investigation report of the Hepatitis A outbreak that occurred among members of the set of The Good German. Citing statistical evidence and known likelihood of produce contamination with HAV, investigators concluded that the salad provided by Silver Grill Catering most likely caused at least eighteen confirmed cases of hepatitis A virus infection among Good German cast and crew.
Marler Clark's hepatitis A lawyers represented 6 people in claims against Silver Grill Location Catering and Soleil Produce. Five of the cases were resolved in late 2006; one additional case was resolved in early 2007.
More about the Silver Grill Catering hepatitis A outbreak can be found on the Marler Clark-sponsored site about hepatitis A.