Genki Sushi, the source of a hepatitis A outbreak in 2016, has reached a preliminary settlement of up to $4.5 million for people who were exposed to the virus linked to tainted scallops sold at Hawaii restaurants.
Those who were exposed to the highly contagious virus that causes liver infection, but did not become sick are entitled to receive up to $350, $250 or $150, according to a news release issued by Marler Clark, a Seattle-based law firm specializing in litigation involving foodborne illnesses.
In August 2016, the state Department of Health identified raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants as the likely source of a hepatitis A outbreak from June 12, 2016 through Oct. 9, 2016. The company operated 13 restaurants at the time on Oahu, Kauai and Maui. The Sea Port Bay Scallops from the Philippines were distributed by Koha Oriental Foods.
Under the settlement, class members eligible to receive up to $350 are people who came in contact with one of the 292 infected with hepatitis A identified by the DOH as part of the outbreak. They include household members, sexual contacts, and those sharing illicit drugs, food or utensils with an infected person.
Patrons who consumed food between Aug. 1 and Aug. 16 at a Genki Sushi restaurant on Oahu, Kauai or Maui in 2016 can claim up to $250. And those who consumed food or drink from a secondary establishment where an infected employee worked during certain timeframes may get up to $150.
Secondary establishments include Baskin Robbins at Waikele Center; Taco Bell in Waipahu; Sushi Shiono in Waikoloa; Chili’s Grill & Bar in Kapolei; 12 Hawaiian Airlines flights; Tamashiro Market; Papa John’s in Waipahu; New Lin Fong Bakery; Hokkaido Ramen Santouka; Kipapa Elementary School; Zippy’s in Kapolei; Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38; Ohana Seafood at Sam’s Club in Pearl City; Chart House; and McDonald’s in Kahala.
The class is being represented by Marler Clark, as well as Perkin and Faria, and Starn, O’Toole, Marcus, and Fisher locally.
A hearing to finalize the settlement is set for Dec. 11 in First Circuit Court. Submit a claim, request exclusion or file objections to the settlement by Nov. 29 at HawaiiHepA.com or 800-532-9250.