Judge okays settlement of Red Robin lawsuit for hepatitis A exposure

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 5:05 PM CDT
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The chain restaurant Red Robin agreed to pay people who were exposed to hepatitis A after eating at a restaurant in Springfield in 2014. The agreement was part of a lawsuit settlement that a Greene County judge approved on Thursday.

At least five people sought damages because they had to get shots, and weren’t notified about the contagious worker. More people could be involved. People who were exposed were asked to file claims online to be part of the lawsuit. The plaintiffs named in the suit are Karen Hubbs, Gina Lovelace, and Eric Chase.

No one caught the virus from the worker but Red Robin still agreed to a settlement. Court documents show the company agreed to pay $325,000. Each person on the suit will get at least $150.

Red Robin also agreed to pay $10,000 in special damages to people who had to get shots. The money, too, would be spread among people in the suit.

The class of people included in the settlement are “all persons, excluding employees of Red Robin International, Inc., who consumed food and drink at the Red Robin International, Inc.,’s restaurant located at 3720 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65804, between May 8 and May 16, 2014, and who subsequently obtained immunoglobulin shots or Hepatitis-A vaccinations on or before May 30, 2014, at (1) any public Health Department Clinic, or (2) private health providers.”

Four people living in Springfield and two people living in Mount Vernon opted out of the settlement, so they could possibly get a separate settlement.