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Deadline extended to file claim in Genki Sushi lawsuit

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JAMM AQUINO / 2016

Patrons who consumed food between Aug. 1 and 16, 2016, at a Genki Sushi restaurant on Oahu, Kauai or Maui during the outbreak can claim up to $250.

The deadline to file a claim for consumers exposed to hepatitis A from tainted scallops served at Genki Sushi has been extended to Feb. 15.

The company reached a $4.5 million preliminary settlement in October for people who were secondarily exposed to the virus during the outbreak from June 12, 2016 through Oct. 9, 2016. There were 292 confirmed cases of hepatitis A and 74 hospitalizations during the outbreak. Genki operated 13 restaurants at the time on Oahu, Kauai and Maui.

Those exposed to the highly-contagious virus, but did not become infected are entitled to receive up to $350, $250 or $150.

Those eligible to receive up to $350 are people who came into contact with one of the 292 individuals infected with hepatitis A 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 16, 2016, at a Genki Sushi restaurant on Oahu, Kauai or Maui during the outbreak can claim up to $250. And those who consumed food or drink from a secondary establishment where an infected employee worked during certain time frames may get up to $150.

A final hearing to approve the class settlement in 1st Circuit Court has been moved to March 6. A settlement notice will be mailed via email and postal service to class members. Claim forms are also available at hawaiihepa.com or by calling 800-532-9250.

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