A class-action lawsuit against Tiger Brands over the listeriosis outbreak that killed more than 200 people in 2017/2018 may suffer long delays, according to attorney Richard Spoor.
Spoor has been putting together a class-action lawsuit, which represents more than a thousand affected people.
He says there are two factors that risk delaying litigation in the matter.
The summons has been issued and Tiger has pleaded but they now have to disclose their own internal documentation which we will rely on very heavily to prove the case against them. Tiger says they will only be able to give us that documentation in May next year— Richard Spoor, Attorney
The second challenge is that Tiger has issued subpoenas against all the food safety testing laboratories in the country and demanded that they disclose who it was that had samples tested during the time of the outbreak and what the results of those tests were. That information is typically confidential.— Richard Spoor, Attorney
As you can imagine, the laboratories and their clients are not very happy and have indicated that they are willing to fight this thing all the way to the Constitutional Court. Now, if that prevents Tiger from getting ready for trial, we could face very long delays.— Richard Spoor, Attorney
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