Five Restaurant Patrons Sue The Rose Venice Following Severe Food Poisoning

Posted on January 5, 2021

Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP attorneys Robert Glassman and Nathan Werksman have filed a lawsuit against iconic California eatery, The Rose Venice, on behalf of five patrons who allegedly consumed contaminated poultry that resulted in emergency hospitalization for one plaintiff and debilitating food poisoning for them all.                                                                                                                                    READ THE COMPLAINT

As alleged in the complaint, Plaintiffs met a group of friends for dinner at The Rose Venice and ordered from the menu — together sharing a “Butcher’s Board” consisting of ham, chicken liver mousse, candied braised bacon, Vienna sausage and bacon wrapped duck liver terrine. Within a few days, each of the Plaintiffs began experiencing symptoms of severe food poisoning. Unlike the others, Plaintiff Cody Boulware’s symptoms soon progressed to include blurred double vision and the inability to walk. Mr. Boulware was admitted to Cedars Sinai, experiencing lack of muscle coordination, paralysis of his eye muscles, the absence of tendon reflexes, and underwent several IVIg blood infusions.

Doctors determined Mr. Boulware had contracted the foodborne bacteria Campylobacter which led to a diagnosis of Miller Fisher syndrome, a rare but very serious and sometimes deadly variant of the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome.

After a week in the hospital, Mr. Boulware was admitted to an overnight rehabilitation facility where he spent another week doing a variety of different therapies to help aid with his recovery.

“Mr. Boulware and his friends were the victims of deficient and dangerous food handling, preparation and storage protocols practiced by The Rose Venice,” said attorney Robert Glassman. “Public health guidelines are put in place to ensure the health and safety of restaurant patrons. We are hopeful that with this lawsuit we can implement changes at this establishment so that what happened to Mr. Boulware, and to the members of his party, doesn’t happen to anyone else who dines there.”

Plaintiffs are seeking non-economic damages for their past and future pain and suffering in an amount to be determined by jury trial. Mr. Boulware is also seeking past and future hospital, medical, professional, and incidental expenses as well as past and future loss of earnings, loss of opportunity, and loss of earning capacity.

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