Who is a Class Member
The Hawaii Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak class action settlement “includes all persons who:
- as a result of the 2016 Hepatitis A Outbreak infections linked to consuming food at thirteen Genki Sushi restaurants located on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui, were exposed to the hepatitis A virus (“HAV”) through one of three exposure-mechanisms, but did not become infected, and
- as a result of such exposure, after learning of the requirement of treatment from an announcement of public health officials or a medical professional, obtained preventative medical treatment, such as receiving immune globulin (“IG”), HAV vaccine, or blood test within 14 days of exposure.”
There are three Subclasses associated with the exposure-mechanisms as described here.
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- Up to $350
Your payout is determined by your Subclass:
- each member of Subclass 1 will be awarded $350,
- each member of Subclass 2 will be awarded $250, and
- each member of Subclass 3 will be awarded $150.
Proof of Purchase
- You will need to provide documentation showing you received IG, HAV vaccine, or HAV blood tests.
Hawaii Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak Settlement Notes
- In re: Hepatitis A Cases
- Civil No. 17-1-HEP (JHA)
- Pending in the Circuit Court for the First Circuit State of Hawaii
This class action lawsuit against Genki Sushi asserts claims for strict liability and negligence in regards to the 2016 Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii.
The plaintiffs filed the complaint seeking to recover damages for physical injury and economic loss arising from obtaining IG immunization shots and HAV vaccinations, in response to an alert by the Hawaii Department of Health that they were allegedly exposed to the HAV virus by consuming food from Genki Sushi restaurants.
Starting on June 12, 2016, Hawaii residents began testing positive for hepatitis A virus (HAV). The number of cases increased over the next couple of months, and on August 15, 2016, the Hawaii Department of Health identified raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants as the source of the outbreak. As a result of the Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak and investigation, the Department advised “Anyone who consumed products, specifically scallops, prepared or served at Genki Sushi on Oahu or Kauai should consider contacting their healthcare provider about the possibility of receiving a vaccine or immune globulin (IG)”.
Between June 12 and October 9, 2016, 292 people were confirmed to be infected with HAW; 74 people required hospitalization, and 2 people died.
Over the next three months, the Department made announcements regarding varying risks of exposure for at least sixteen other restaurants or food vendors.
Genki Sushi expressly denies any wrongdoing and does not admit or concede any actual or potential fault, wrongdoing or liability. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Hawaii Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak website.
- 11/29/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 11/29/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 12/11/18: Final Hearing at 9:00 am HST* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.HawaiiHepA.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: The Notice Company, Hawai’i Hep-A Settlement, c/o The Notice Company, P.O. Box 455, Hingham, MA 02043
- Phone: 1-800-532-9250
- Fax: 1-808-748-0584
- Email: claims@HawaiiHepA.com
- Brandee J.K. Faria of Perkin & Faria LLLC
- Trevor A. Brown of Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher
- William D. Marler of Marler Clark LLP PS