Index Introduction of the Loblaws Hepatitis A Class Action incident3 Introduction of Loblaws company3 Definition of class action4 The reason of the incident5 Serious impacts and negative media coverage5 Alternatives6 a)Precautions before the issue arises6 b)Remedy after the issue occurred7 Recommendations7 Background of the Loblaws Hepatitis A Class Action incident
On September 3, 2002, a class action was launched in Toronto to against Loblaws alleging that customers and other persons may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus because of allegedly contaminated produce at Loblaws’ Humbercrest store located at 3671 Dundas Street West in Toronto. This lawsuit relates to an employee of Loblaws infected with Hepatitis A. Although the identity of this employee was not disclosed, the fact was confirmed that this employee, who worked in the section of the store in which products were prepared, displayed and sold, has caused the infection to spread.
Thousands of customers of Loblaws obtained an inoculation following the identification of the infected individual as an employee of Loblaws, working in the produce section of one of its stores. On June 15, 2006, the Settlement of this action was approved by the Superior Court. Loblaws would pay $150. 00 to each class member and all the cost of notification, administration, and distribution of the settlement fees. However, Loblaws supermarkets and loblaw companies didn’t admit any wrongdoing or liability on their part.