August 24, 2016 — A law firm in Honolulu has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of everyone who was exposed to hepatitis A after eating at Genki Sushi.
The class action was filed yesterday in the First Circuit Court. The defendants include Genki Sushi and two companies who supplied the contaminated scallops — Koha Foods and Sea Port Products.
Lawyers want to speak with anyone who ate at Genki Sushi since April and required a vaccine against hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG) shot. They estimate up to 10,000 people may need a vaccine.
The class action does not represent people who actually developed hepatitis A. Those cases will likely be handled individually because the injuries vary so widely — some victims were sick for just a few days, while others were hospitalized and had severe symptoms for months.
The Hawaii State Department of Health blamed the outbreak on raw frozen scallops imported from the Philippines. At least 206 illnesses have been reported since mid-April. All but 9 victims are residents of Hawaii, but a few cases have been reported on the mainland as well.
All Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai are still closed. Health officials told KHON2 that the restaurants have nearly completed cleaning necessary to reopen. They are in the process of testing employees for hepatitis A.
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