Law firms Marler Clark and Underberg & Kessler filed a class action lawsuit against Alta on behalf of patrons that dined there recently over alleged exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Marler Clark announced the suit yesterday evening on the firm's website. Last week, a part-time pastry chef at the restaurant discovered that she had contracted the virus while traveling in Mexico, prompting an investigation from the Department of Health. The DOH issued a statement over the weekend urging people that ate dessert at Alta from March 23 to April 2 to receive preventative vaccines.
Alta worked with the DOH to vaccinate all of the employees and reach out to patrons. As the Post notes, there have been no reports of hepatitis A from Alta customers since the investigation. On Monday, the management at Alta released a statement noting: "Alta restaurant would like our customers to know that the restaurant has been certified by the NYC Department of Health as being free of any health risks. It is completely safe to eat at Alta."
Marler Clark bills itself as "the nation's leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks."
· Class Action Lawsuit to be filed against West Village Restaurant [Food Poison Journal via @elizabethonfood]
· Desserts Back on Menu at Alta After Hepatitis A Scare [~ENY~]