A lawsuit was filed today by Marler Clark, the Food Safety Law Firm and Heisman, Nunes and Hull against Brix on the Beach, LLC, d/b/a Brixx & Barley in Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of Lauren Cooper, a recent bride who became violently ill during her wedding after eating at Brixx & Barley days earlier. Cooper v. Brixx & Barley – Filed Complaint Index Number has been issued – 611091/2019.
On August 9, 2019, the Nassau County Department of Health (“DOH”) closed Brixx & Barley, located at 152, West Park Ave., Long Beach, New York, as it investigates multiple cases of Salmonella. According to the DOH, Brixx & Barley “will not be allowed to reopen until the source of the Salmonella is identified,” DOH spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain said Friday night. “That could take some time.”
Thus far a dozen cases of culture confirmed Salmonella have been determined among people who ate food and drank beverages at Brixx & Barley, potential exposures date back to early July.
On July 13, 2019, the bride, Lauren Cooper, purchased and consumed food and drink at Brixx & Barley. Her symptoms began in the days leading up to her wedding, with severe back pain, diarrhea and vomiting. On the day of Lauren’s wedding, July 20, 2019, she experienced additional symptoms. With the addition of a high fever and reoccurring bouts of diarrhea, she missed family photos, barely completed the vows and has little memory of her ceremony or wedding party. At 12:15 a.m. Lauren was rushed to the hospital where her Salmonella was confirmed, and she received treatment for the Salmonella infection and related injuries. Needless to say, the honeymoon was postponed.
“I have three daughters, I cannot imagine that this would happen on what should have been a day to remember for far other reasons than a Salmonella infection,” said William Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark. “We need to get to the bottom of why the Salmonella outbreak happened and to make sure something like this never happens again,” added Marler.
Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.