Killer cantaloupe listeria lawsuits could target grocers, change Colorado laws

At least 29 deaths and 139 illnesses have been linked to the cantaloupes so far

Liability law experts say that the three main targets of lawsuits related to the cantaloupe listeria outbreak have just $17 million in liability coverage, which could cause a substantial amount of collateral legal damage.

With 29 deaths and about 139 illnesses related to the listeria-laced cantaloupes, the significant gap between the three companies’—Jensen Farms, which produced the cantaloupes; Frontera Produce of Texas, Jensen’s distributor; and PrimusLabs, the third-party auditor that certified Jensen’s safety practices prior to the outbreak—liability insurance is close to $100 million short of the expected costs of the lawsuits.

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