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Food poisoning lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D., is licensed in the state of Texas, with his office in Houston, Texas.

27715 Guthrie Ridge Lane, Katy TX 77494.  phone 713-306-3880.  A Texas food poisoning lawyer who has worked with victims of Vibrio, Shigella,  salmonella, listeria, E. coli, Hepatitis, and other pathogens . If you need a Salmonella Lawyer, aListeria Lawyer, an E. coli Lawyer, a Hepatitis Lawyer, or any other food poisoning lawyer, give me a call!

Lawyer/Attorney anthony c coveny pllc © All Rights Reserved.  Food Poisoning Lawyer here to help you with filing your food poisoning lawsuit!

Filing a Food poisoning lawsuit:


There are important issues  to consider when thinking about filing a food poisoning lawsuit.


 1. How much time do I have to consider filing a lawsuit?


2. Can i settle my claim without filing a food poisoning lawsuit?


3. What type of lawyer do I need to file a food poisoning lawsuit?


4.  Is it worth my time to file a food poisoning lawsuit? 

In addition to contacting a food poisoning lawyer, you should also contact your local or state health department - FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF HOW TO REPORT FOOD POISONING IN YOUR STATE see my page dedicated to making it easier for victims to contact their local health agencies.  Reporting enables your Salmonella lawyer ~ E. coli Lawyer ~ campylobacter lawyer to attain the evidence required to successfully file a food poisoning claim or food poisoning lawsuit.

Statute of Limitations By State - Food Poisoning


Food Poisoning Civil Law Statute of Limitations by State.  The Statute of limitations for a Food poisoning Case is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in most cases, but there are various laws on strict liability, negligence, and wrongful death that affect the application of any given Statute of Limitations.  In all states, a Food Poisoning Claim or Food Poisoning Lawsuit must be brought within a very specific time-frame.  This set of Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations for all fifty states is a guide and should not replace contacting a Food Poisoning Lawyer to review your case and any changes in the law. Free Legal advice hotline -  713-306-3880 for Food Poisoning Lawsuits

* Discovery extends to 3 years


**Wrongful death only 2 years (for Missouri, 3 year WD)


***Intentional acts 2 years, and for Minnesota, 3 year Wrongful Death


****Strict Liability or Warranty claims may have a longer SOL


*****Strict Liability is 2 years or 1 year following death

STATE       Statutory Provisions that Govern Statute of Limitations      Number of Years

                                 For Food Poisoning Cases in Most Instances


Alabama                                Ala. Code § 6-2-2 et seq.                                                  Two Years
Alaska                                 Alaska Stat. § 09.10.010 et seq                                          Two Years
Arizona                                Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 12-542                                             Two Years
Arkansas                          Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq.                                  Three Years
California                            Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 312 et seq.                                      Two Years
Colorado                            Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102 et seq.                                    Two Years
Connecticut                     Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-575 et seq.                               Two Years****
Delaware Del.                   Code Ann. tit. 10, § 8101 et seq.                                       Two Years****
District of Columbia            D.C. Code § 12-301 et seq.                                             Three Years
Florida                                   Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.011 et seq.                                        Four Years**
Georgia                                Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq.                                        Two Years*****
Hawaii                                   Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq.                                          Two Years****
Idaho                                      Idaho Code § 5-201 et seq.                                           Two Years
Illinois                                   735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq.                                Two Years
Indiana                                    Ind. Code Ann. § 34-11-2-1 et seq.                                 Two Years
Iowa                                           Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq.                                    Two Years
Kansas                                   Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq.                                       Two Years
Kentucky                              Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.080 et seq.                                   One Year
Louisiana                                    La. civil code § 3492 et seq.                                          One Year
Maine                                      Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 751 et seq.                            Six Years**
Maryland                               Md. Courts & Jud. Proc. Code Ann. § 5-101                      Three Years
Massachusetts                         Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 1 et seq.                               Three Years
Michigan                                 Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5801 et seq.                             Three Years
Minnesota                              Minn. Stat. Ann. § 541.01 et seq.                                      Six Years***
Mississippi                                    Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-1 et seq.                              Three Years
Missouri                                 Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq.                                       Five Years**
Montana                                Mont. Code Ann. § 27-2-2021 et seq.                                 Three Years
Nebraska                               Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-201 et seq.                                          Four Years**
Nevada                                Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 11.010 et seq.                                    Two Years****
New Hampshire                    N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq.                                     Three Years
New Jersey                            N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq.                                           Two Years
New Mexico                                  N.M. Stat. Ann. § 37-1-1 et seq.                                      Three Years
New York                                N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq.                          Three Years**
North Carolina                     N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-46 et seq.                                             Three Years**
North Dakota                           N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-01 et seq.                                   Six Years**
Ohio                                 Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et seq.                                       Two Years
Oklahoma                            Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 91 et seq.                                          Two Years
Oregon                           Or. Rev. Stat. § 12.010 et seq.                                                    Two Years
Pennsylvania                               42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq.                               Two Years
Rhode Island                            R. I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-12 et seq.                                             Three Years
South Carolina                         S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-510 et seq                                    Three Years
South Dakota                       S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 15-2-1 et seq.                              Three Years     Tennessee                         Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-101 et seq.                                               One Year
Texas                               Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.001                                        Two Years
Utah                                Utah Code Ann. § 78-12-22 et seq.                                        Four Years**
Vermont                               Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 461 et seq.                                       Three Years**
Virginia                                   Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-228 et seq.                                      Two Years
Washington                           Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.16.005 et seq.                          Three Years***
West Virginia                      W. Va. Code § 55-2-1 et seq.                                                  Two Years
Wisconsin                             Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.01 et seq.                                         Three Years
Wyoming                                    Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-102 et seq.                                           Four Years**

recent hepatitis a outbreaks

how often is hepatitis a part of an outbreak?

by hepatitis attorney Tony Coveny, Ph.D.


Hepatitis is a common enough ailment that most of us recognize it by name - but it is rarely linked to a food borne outbreak.  Individual cases of Hepatitis A are linked to consumption of tainted food or water, especially when travelling abroad.  But in the U.S., an outbreak that is recognized by the CDC or the FDA is relatively rare.  Hence, Hepatitis lawsuits are rare - most people get sickened, either through the negligence of others or the failure to practice good personal hygiene when necessary, especially when traveling.  But rarely is an entity, such as a single food producer or a restaurant. recognized as the source of a wide-spread outbreak.  When it is, victims of the outbreak can contact a hepatitis lawyer for a discussion of their possible legal rights and what grounds there may be for filing a hepatitis claim.


In 2003, there were more than 550 hepatitis A victims whose illness could be traced to green onions served at a Pennsylvania restaurant, Chi-Chi’s.  There were also three fatalities, and 9000 customers had to be immunized!


In 2013, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene traced a grouping of hepatitis A illnesses to had been traced to the New Hawaii Sea Restaurant in the Bronx after learning that one employee and four patrons of the restaurant had fallen ill with hepatitis A infections


In April 2008, health officials in San Diego traced a number of Hepatitis A infections to a restaurant in La Mesa, California  the Chipotle Grill restaurant


2013 - Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Frozen Berries were sold at Costco throughout the Western U.S.  They were later linked to  a large number of Hepatitis A  illnesses.  Costco removed the berries from its shelves and many potential victims were given a vaccine for hepatitis A


Note:  Hepatitis is a viral infection, unlike E. coli,salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, or a parasite, like Cyclospora.  As such, this aprticular type of food poisoning is not susceptible to the same PFGE analysis and is not identified in stool samples or cultures,.  Elevated ST, ALT, and other liver enzymes are used to assist in diagnosis.  

Townsend Farms Organic antioxidant berries

produced in Oregon and sold at Costco locations

but containing Pomegranate Arils from Turkey


by Hepatitis lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D.


While many thousands may have become infected with Hepatitis A Food Poisoning after eating the Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant berries sold at Costco, the CDC was only able to identify 165 of them who had the proper testing and diagnosis.  The victims mostly came from the Western United States or had travelled there during the outbreak period.    The victims came form 10 states, including California with 80 identified victims, Colorado and Arizona with about two dozen identified victims each, about a dozen identified victims in New Mexico, and fewer than 10 identified victims in each of Hawaii, New Hampshire, Nevada, Utah, New jersey, and Wisconsin.


WARNING: at least 8 infections were secondary, with victims who ate the berries directly passing the virus on to loved ones during the period when they were contagious.


About a dozen kids were identified, and nearly half were hospitalized.  the victims all became sick in 2013, with the earliest known case presenting at the end of March and the latest known case presenting in mid August. All of the identified victims bought he berries at their Costco store, though records show the berries may also have been sold at Harris Teeters. 


As noted above, no serotype is available for this pathogen, as would be for an outbreak of salmonella or E. coli, but all the cases were of genotype 1B, which although not conclusive indication of inclusion in this outbreak, does provide substantiation that a person's infection was of the same general origin as the outbreak - the genotype originates in Africa and  the Middle East, and is rare in North America.  In most cases, an acute infection, coupled with exposure to the product, is considered proof of infection/inclusion in this outbreak.


The FDA and the CDC worked together with state and local health agencies to trace the infections back to a shipment of pomegranate seeds from  Turkey, the company being Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading.  Most of the hepatitis lawsuits pending name Townsend Farms, primarily, and then United Fruit, Purely Pomegranate, Goknur and Costco, or some mixture thereof.  Each of these entities is believes to have had something to do with the importation, distribution, or processing of the contaminated pomegranate arils.


Litigation is ongoing, with the Turkish company, Goknur, trying to argue that it is not amenable to judicial process it the U.S., and other defendants seeking to bring them in as the most responsible party.