NATIONAL NEWS - The listeria class action suit against Tiger Brands and Enterprise Foods has been filed and, according to attorney Richard Spoor, it’s a “waiting game” now.
Richard Spoor Inc Attorneys filed the class action suit in the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, seeking compensation for the damage caused by contaminated Enterprise products on behalf of victims of the deadly listeriosis outbreak.
Spoor said the first court hearing date might be set in the next three months, to also allow time for Tiger Brands to respond and prepare their answering documents.
“It is a procedural matter. We have to wait and see if Tiger Brands will decide to approve or oppose the class action. We’re hoping they don’t,” said Spoor.
He added that it could be in Tiger Brands’ interest to approve the class action, because it could present a binding settlement and eliminate the proposition of having to deal with different judgments in different courts for individual cases.
If Tiger Brands approves of their terms, they could meet to reach a settlement and present their consensus to the court.
The firm has already selected the 10 applicants who will represent the hundreds of victims who have claimed to have been affected by the listeria outbreak, in court.