Listeria Class Action

From the office of Richard Spoor, South African activist and human rights attorney in partnership with LHL Attorneys Inc. and Marler Clark the United States' leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks.


February 14, 2020 - SA's listeriosis outbreak documented in prestigious medical journal, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

January 28, 2020 – Life After Listeriosis: Fighting for Justice, Daily Maverick, Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce

January 28, 2020 – Life After Listeriosis: Photo Essay, Daily Maverick, Nomatter Ndebele and Thom Pierce

January 23, 2020 – Listeriosis insurer outed, Financial Mail, Rob Rose

October 17, 2019 – Tiger Brands’ cold-blooded lawyers, Financial Mail, Rob Rose

December 6 - Tiger Brands reopens meat plant after listeria outbreak, Eyewitness News

December 6 - Factory fingered as source of listeriosis outbreak to reopen, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

December 3 - UPDATE: Court rules that listeriosis class action can go ahead, fin24, Khulekani Magubane and Sibongile Khumalo 

December 3 - Listeriosis class action given the greenlight, Mail and Guardian, Sarah Smit

December 3 - Class action against Tiger Brands looms, Independent Online

December 3 - Court says listeriosis class action against Tiger Brands will go ahead, The Citizen

November 30 - South African Court Close to Certifying Class Action in World's Worst Listeriosis Outbreak, Food Safety Magazine  

November 28 - Listeriosis class-action one step closer, Sowetan Live, Katharine Child

November 28 - Listeriosis class-action one step closer, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

November 1 -Health department and WHO put measures in place to prevent outbreak of listeriosis, Time Live, Nomahlubi Jordan

October 22 - Listeriosis puts food hygiene at top of agenda, Independent Online, Goitsemang Tlhabye 

October 18 - Listeria-tainted Polony still on the shelves in rural areas, Business Day, Tanya Farber

October 18 - Think colony is safe now? Think again, say food scientists, Times Live, Tanya Farber

October 17 -Listeriosis: Research team reveals bacteria still present in food samples, The South African, Tom Head

October 17 -Has the Listeriosis bacteria been eradicated from ready-to-eat meats in South Africa?, Independent Online

October 12 - Tiger Brands reopens factories that were sources of listeriosis outbreaks, Times Live, Robert Lang

October 12 - South Africa's Tiger Brands re-opens processing facility after listeria outbreak, Reuters, Tanisha Heiberg

May 25 - Tiger Brands plans to open polony factory by end of 2018, Independent Online 

May 24 - World's worst-ever listeriosis outbreak on record knocks Tiger Brand's earnings, BizNews, Thembisile Dzonzi 

April 30 - Tiger Brands commended for listeria results honesty, Herald Live, Wendy Knowler

April 30 - 21 City deaths from listeriosis, Independent Online, Sandiso Phaliso

April 28 - Tiger Brands play ball in class action, The Citizen, Chisom Jennifer Okoye

April 27 - Tiger Brands confirms presence of Listeria pathogen, Meat+Poultry, Erica Shaffer

April 26 - Lawyer: Our case strengthened by Tiger Brands' own test results, Eyewitness News, Gia Nicolaides

April 26 - LST6 listeria strain confirmed, says Tiger Brands, Times Live

April 26 - Tests confirm deadly listeria strain at Tiger Brands' plant, Business Day, Nqobile Dludla

April 26 - Fifty more listeriosis cases reported, The Citizen, Felicia Nkhwashu

April 25 - Tiger Brands confirm presence of listeria strain at factory, Eyewitness News

April 25 - Tests confirm deadly listeria strain at South Africa's Tiger Brands' plant, Reuters

April 24 - Team to prevent Listeriosis outbreak, Cape Business News

April 19 - Govt holds meat firms responsible for listeriosis outbreak - Motsoaledi, fin24, Lameez Omarjee

April 17 - Western Cape ranks second among new #listeriosis cases, Independent Online, Yolisa Tswanya 

April 16 - Listeriosis; looming litigation threatens Tiger Brands kitty, BizNews, Cris Bateman

April 13 - Class action suit seeks to have Tiger Brands by the tail, Daily Maverick, Aphiwe Ngalo and Suné Pyne

April 11 - Tiger Brands opposes separate listeriosis class actions, The Citizen, Chisom Jennifer Okoye 

April 10 - Tiger Brands: Inaccurate that we oppose class actions, Eyewitness News

April 10 - Tiger Brands files papers in class action lawsuit, Jacaranda fm, Nathan Daniels

April 6 - 6 more people succumb to listeriosis, The Southern Times, Colleta Dewa

April 5 - 'Listeriosis Killed Our Unborn Babies' - Couples Reveal Their Torment, Huffington Post, Queenin Masuabi

April 4 - Lab slams 'detrimental' claim that listeria source is unknown, The Citizen, Samele Gumada

April 3 - Seven more samples from Enterprise test positive for listeriosis, Dispatch Live, Wendy Knowler

April 3  - Death, Denial and Fear: What Listeriosis cost South Africa, Forbes Africa, Ancillar Mangena

April 3 - Listeriosis class action 'waiting game' starts, The Citizen, Chisom Jennifer Okoye

April 1 - Rights firm Spoor launches Tiger Brands class action, fin24, Justin Brown

March 31 - Horror legacy of listeriosis bared, Herald Live, Wendy Knowler

March 30 - Bologna Blamed in Worst Listeria Outbreak in History, The New York Times, Emily Baumgaertner

March 30 - Listeriosis death toll rises to 189, Eyewitness News, Mia Lindque

March 30 - Listeria victims launch class action suit, The South African

March 29 - Lawyers in listeriosis class action suit seek to expedite case, Eyewitness News, Gia Nicolaides

March 29 - South African Food Company Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Listeriosis Outbreak, PM News

March 29 - Tiger Brands, Enterprise Foods to have chance to oppose class action suit, Eyewitness News, Gia Nicolaides

March 29 - Families affected by listeriosis step up legal challenge, Jacarandafm, Nathan Daniels

March 29 - Listeria class action lawsuit gains momentum, Independent Online

March 29 - Listeria class action filed against South Africa's Tiger Brands, Reuters

March 29 - Richard Spoor to file against Tiger Brands first 10 applicants, and is seeking more, Business Day, Katharine Child

March 29 - Ten heartbreaking cases cited in listeriosis lawsuit, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

March 29 - Class action suit against Tiger Brands set in motion, Mail & Guardian, Mashadi Kekana

March 29 - Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Tiger Brands & Enterprise Foods, Eyewitness News, Gia Nicolaides

March 29 - Class action lawsuits affordable in SA, such as for listeriosis claims, Business Day, Ernest Mabuza

March 29 - Listeriosis class action suit against Tiger Brands, Enterprise Foods launched, The Citizen

March 29 - Class action lawsuit goes ahead for listeria victims, Dispatch Live, Katharine Child

March 29 - Listeriosis: Class action suit against Tiger Brands, Enterprise launched in Johannesburg court, fin24, Lizeka Tandwa

March 28 - Listeria claim leaves manufacturers, consumers reeling, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

March 27 - Listeria class action gaining pace, The Citizen, Chisom Jennifer Okoye

March 26 - Durban mother tells of baby's listeriosis death, Independent Online, Nosipho Mngoma

March 26 - Listeriosis: Durban mom 'struggling' to cope with baby's death, Independent Online, Nosipho Mngoma

March 23 - Tiger must pay listeriosis victims' medical costs, says class action lawyer Richard Spoor, Business Day, Katherine Child

March 23 - 'Tiger Brands must pay for victims' treatment', says top lawyer, Times Live, Katherine Child

March 23 - Tiger Brands must pay for victims' treatment, says lawyer, Sowetan Live, Katherine Child

March 22 - Some free advice for Tiger Brands' CEO on handling listeria outbreaks - Bill Marler, Biznews, Gareth van Zyl

March 22 - Tiger Brands faces lawsuits over S. Africa Listeria outbreak, Meat+Poultry, Erica Shaffer

March 20 - Listeria may bite Tiger Brands for R1bn, Independent Online, Dineo Faku

March 20 - Tiger Brands Sets Aside Millions for Listeriosis Class Action (But Having Insurance Helps), Huffington Post

March 20 - Tiger Brands should be afraid, top lawyer warns after Esidimeni ruling, Times Live, Katharine Child

March 20 - US food lawyer Bill Marler: Tiger Brands listeria outbreak the worst he's ever seen, Biznews, Gareth van Zyl

March 19 - After confirming government tests, Tiger Brands commits to maybe considering listeriosis damages claims - if they are valid (and with some other caveats too), Business Insider South Africa, Phillip de Wet

March 19 - South Africa's Tiger Brands unsure of listeria class action costs, Reuters

March 19 - Another Tiger Brands factory just closed after positive Listeria tests. This is now the definitive list of banned meat products., Business Insider South Africa, James de Villiers

March 19 - 'Low levels' of listeria detected at Tiger Brands' Pretoria plant, new24, Lavan Pijoos

March 19 - Criminal case opened against Tiger Brands board over listeriosis, Independent Online, Lisa Isaacs

March 18 - Law firms look to maul Tiger Brands, City Press, Justin Brown

March 15 - Listeriosis: 'Platteland law firm' prepares to take on Tiger Brands, News24, Tammy Peterson

March 15 - Minister lauds class action Tiger Brands over deadly listeria, Independent Online, Getrude Makhafola

March 14 - Listeriosis class action lawsuit gaining traction, says lawyer, Eyewitness News, Mia Lindique

March 14 - #Listeriosis - An evil mastermind? Track the thoughts of a killer, Bhekisisa, Joan Van Dyk

March 13 - Massive Tiger Brands lawsuit following #ListeriosisOutbreak, Independent Online, Dineo Faku

March 13 - Polokwane mom helpless as her listeriosis-infected baby suffers, Times Live, Wendy Knowler

March 13 - Listeriosis class action launched against Tiger Brands, The Citizen, Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

March 13 - More possible lawsuits for Tiger Brands, Mail and Guardian, Gemma Ritchie

March 12 - Momentum gains for class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands, SABC News

March 12 - Tiger Brands to Fare Class-Action Lawsuit over Listeriosis, Bloomberg, Paul Burkhardt

March 12 - Listeriosis class action looms after polony panic, Chronical

March 12 - Lawyers to bring listeriosis class action, Independent Online, Bheki Mbanjwa

March 12 - Momentum gains for a class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands, Environment Guru

March 12 - Lawyers to bring listeriosis class action, 4-traders

March 12 - A Spoor-Marler Team Plans Class Action for South Africa Listeria Victims, Food Safety News

March 11 - #Listeriosis: Flagged food products still being sold, Independent Online 

March 11 - Bill Marler interview on listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, Food Focus

March 11 - Terror as fatal listeriosis bug showed its hand, Time Live, Graeme Hosken

March 11 - Inside the killer polony scandal, Tiger Brands denies culpability as class action looms, Times Live, Shanthini Naidoo, Katharine Child, Graeme Hosken, Khanyi Ndabeni, Siphe Macanda, and Wendy Knowler 

March 10 - South African rights lawyer plans listeria class action against Tiger Brands, Reuters, Ed Stoddard

March 10 - Richard Spoor Attorneys, Marler Clark hit Tiger Brands with Lawsuit, Eyewitness News, Koketso Motau

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