A New York state court judge has granted class action status in a high-profile lawsuit in which many guests at a wedding reception in 2015 became violently ill. Nine ambulances were called to the July 31 reception after guests started vomiting and having diarrhea on the grounds of the Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores Park. The lawsuit alleges the food—specifically the macaroni and cheese—provided by the caterer caused the illnesses.
The bride’s father, is the lead plaintiff in the class action suit. Anyone who ate the macaroni and cheese and became ill is part of the class action suit.
The case attracted national attention, and in part because of that, the judge has ordered the parties not to talk to the media anymore.
The health department investigated and determined there was an outbreak of staphylococcus aureus.
The attorney for the caterer has argued that there is no direct evidence the macaroni and cheese caused the illnesses and also has maintained guests ate other food and beverages not provided by the caterer.
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