DOVER, Del. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against one the country’s largest ice cream makers after a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people.
At the time, Blue Bell Creameries promised vigilance as it worked to rebuild customer loyalty in the wake of the outbreak.READ MORE: Midlothian Police Say Missy Bevers Murder Not A 'Cold Case' 5 Years Later
The court ruled Tuesday that a judge erred because the plaintiff had not demanded that the board of Blue Bell Creameries take action itself before the lawsuit was filed. That demand requirement can be waived if a plaintiff raises reasonable doubts about the impartiality of directors because of close ties to management. Former CEO Paul Kruse is a defendant in the suit.READ MORE: J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Probe Fueling New Hesitancy In Dallas' Minority Community
The court also said the lawsuit adequately alleges that the board at Blue Bell failed to implement any system to monitor food safety performance or compliance.MORE NEWS: Texas Police Chiefs Oppose Constitutional Carry Bills Championed By State GOP
The ‘little creamery in Brenham’ company suffered significant financial losses due to the outbreak.