Bruce Cadwallader of the Columbus Dispatch wrote the following story:

A former New Albany resident who sued the Kroger Co. for selling tainted beef has settled her lawsuit.
Attorneys for Amanda J. Adam, 27, notified Franklin County Common Pleas Court officials on Sept.15 that she had reached a settlement with Kroger and Nebraska Beef of Omaha, Neb. A trial had been scheduled for Sept. 22.  Adam, formerly of Pharlap Drive, had one of 39 confirmed cases of E. coli infection in Ohio and Michigan during the summer of 2008. She was the first person to file suit in Ohio, saying she became ill from hamburger purchased at a Dublin Kroger store that June.

The outbreak caused the voluntary recall of more than 34 million pounds of beef.  Adam has not discussed the case publicly and now is prohibited from doing so.

"The amount of the settlement is confidential, which is typical in cases like this involving insurers and private companies," William Marler, Adam’s Seattle-based attorney, said last week.

Three other lawsuits linked to the 2008 outbreak also have been settled, court records show.  A fifth is pending in U.S. District Court in Columbus.