A federal judge in Nebraska has denied Greater Omaha Packing Co.’s motion to avoid a trial in the E. coli lawsuit brought by Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., according to court documents.
U.S. District Judge Lyle E. Strom denied Greater Omaha’s motion for summary judgment in the case stemming from the 2007 recall of beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 that sickened dozens of people.
Cargill’s suit, filed in 2011, accuses the Omaha packer of breaching its contract by supplying contaminated beef trim that Cargill used to make ground beef patties that were subject to the recall. Cargill recalled about 845,000 pounds of product and has settled numerous claims against it with those injured by the contaminated meat.
Cargill alleges its investigation traced the pathogen back to Greater Omaha’s products. Greater Omaha has countered that Cargill’s research is unsound and unreliable.