USA: Lawsuit alleges more than 500 people got sick after drinking contaminated water at a zip lining attraction

Author: Kristi L Nelson, Knoxville News Sentinel (USA), Published on: 26 July 2018

"Family files class-action lawsuit against zipline after E. coli, norovirus found in water", 20 Jul 2018

A New Orleans-area family has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Gatlinburg-area zipline attraction after 550 people reported getting sick, possibly from contaminated well water...[R]esidents Tristan and Melissa Manthey filed a complaint for class-action certification and damages against Climb Works LLC.  The Mantheys visited Climb Works on July 5 and were among those exposed to what the state later determined was uninspected well water containing E. coli and norovirus, the suit said.  They were sick after drinking the water, the suit said...Moreover, the suit continues, Climb Works failed to test the water and take other precautions, including warning customers...The lawyers said they believed there could be "hundreds" of eligible plaintiffs in the class-action suit...A state investigation found Climb Works had gone eight years without well water monitoring...Owner Nick Thompson said he did not know his attraction was subject to those requirements.  State health department testing revealed the presence of both E. coli and a contagious norovirus...

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