MILWAUKEE (AP) Eight years after a 3-year-old girl died from exposure to tainted meat at a Sizzler restaurant, her family reached a $13.5 million settlement with the company's meat supplier and others, according to court records.
The settlement is among the largest in the nation involving a food-borne illness, according to William Cannon, a lawyer for the family.
Brianna Kriefall and her family had eaten at a Sizzler in South Milwaukee in July 2000. While Brianna didn't eat meat during the meal, lawyers argued that the watermelon she ate had touched tainted meat.
She died a week later after battling E. coli-related hemolytic uremic syndrome, which causes kidney failure and low blood-cell counts. Another 140 people fell sick in the outbreak at two Sizzler restaurants.
The court records in the Kriefall case were filed Friday, but the case remains far from over. The national Sizzler chain, its local franchise and an insurance company are suing Excel Corp., the subsidiary of food giant Cargill Inc. that produced the meat.
The remaining issues are scheduled to be heard in court July 7.