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    Sheetz Extends Deadline in Salmonella Lawsuit

    Chain settles more than 80 lawsuits in recent weeks.

    PITTSBURGH -- Sheetz has extended the filing deadline for settling lawsuits until July 21, in the hopes that 50 additional potential lawsuits will settle The Associated Press reported.

    According to the report, the two year anniversary of the outbreak was Sunday, which would normally mark the statute of limitations concerning filing a lawsuit, but Sheetz, customers, and other agencies involved have agreed to push back the date.

    Seattle attorney Bill Marler represents 139 Sheetz customers that contracted salmonella from tainted tomatoes it had sold at its stores two years ago. Plaintiffs are suing Sheetz and Coronet Foods of West Virginia, the wholesaler that supplied the tomatoes at the time. Since then, Coronet has gone bankrupt.

    The outbreak started July 1, 2004 and more than 400 customers got ill from the tomatoes in nine states.

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