Leading foodborne illness defense attorney says companies should act quickly, not allow their legal depts to have 'too much influence', consider saying sorry. Says contaminated food incidences are potentially 'brand-killing'. Well said, we couldn't agree more. Quote from Nations Restaurant News here:
Contaminated food incidences are “potential brand-killing” events, so respond accordingly , Lawyer David Ernst said companies handling outbreaks should make sure to act quickly to reduce public and employee risk, provide adequate compensation for the injuries and losses of victims and consider saying, “We’re sorry.”
Ernst argued that operators should not allow their legal departments to “have way too much influence,” as “defending a lawsuit is not an important thing in an outbreak.” Ernst is a veteran defense attorney for food and restaurant companies with the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm.