Initial hearing in tainted salad case against Schnucks set before LeChien

By Ann Maher | May 2, 2013

An initial mandatory status conference is scheduled in a food poisoning case against Schnucks Supermarkets on June 11 before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien.

Tiffany Sinovic and Thomas Sinovic of Fairview Heights filed a lawsuit March 4 against Schnucks Supermarkets, Gregory Wilhelm, Patti Smith, Dan Schad, Pete Korobey, Cindy Grohmann and Tina Malacarne. In their complaint, the Sinovics allege that Tiffany Sinovic purchased a salad from the Fairview Heights store on Oct. 19, 2011. Both Tiffany Sinovic and her minor daughter, Addison Sinovic, ate crisp lettuce from the salad, according to the complaint.

On Oct. 20, 2011, Tiffany and Addison Sinovic began experiencing abdominal discomfort followed by diarrhea and vomiting that caused them to become hospitalized on Oct. 23, 2011, where they remained for a number of days, the suit states. Both were later diagnosed with shiga toxin and E. Coli, the complaint says.

In their 20-count complaint, the Sinovics seek a judgment of more than $800,000, plus punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

As of May 1, the case file indicated that Schnucks had not yet responded to the complaint.

Thomas R. Ysursa of Belleville represents the plaintiffs.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-123.

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