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Thomas Zimmerman has practiced law for over 18 years, and was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Illinois Lawyers Under Age 40” for his effective legal advocacy. Below you will find numerous other awards, honors and publications relevant to Mr. Zimmerman’s legal work.

ADT Residential Security System Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against ADT arising out of ADT’s alleged failure to disclose to residential customers the alleged vulnerability of its residential security systems to evasion and jamming of the system’s wireless peripheral sensors. Unbeknownst to ADT customers when entering into their residential monitoring contracts, their systems’ wireless peripheral sensors could be disabled with inexpensive equipment. The complaint alleges that ADT’s concealment of the security flaws was threatened in July 2014 when Logan Lamb, an employee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, planned to reveal publicly his findings about how ADT’s wireless sensors could be disabled.  The lawsuit sought money damages associated with the security systems’ lack of encryption.
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Angel’s Envy Whiskey Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a nationwide class of customers who purchased Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey under the pretense that it was distilled in Kentucky. The whiskey is marketed as a small-batch Kentucky whiskey; however, the whiskey is actually distilled by an industrial manufacturer in Indiana using the same stock recipe as several other rye whiskeys. The lawsuit sought money damages for the customers who bought the whiskey at a premium price, and injunctive relief to change the whiskey’s labeling.
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ARDMS Certification Examination Litigation

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the body that administers examinations and awards credentials to professionals who utilize ultrasound technology, falsely reported that sonography professionals who took certification exams failed the tests when they had, in fact, passed. As a result of the false reporting of failing scores, sonography professionals across the country suffered harm to their professional reputation, lost their jobs, were denied employment opportunities, and had to sit for the certification exam a second time even though they had already passed the exam.  Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit seeking money damages to compensate for the job loss, demotions, and other negative consequences.

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Ashley Madison Data Breach Litigation

Customers filed a class action lawsuit against Avid Life Media because the Ashley Madison website was hacked and their personal information was publicly released. Zimmerman Law Offices sought injunctive relief to close the access portals that were used by the hackers. Additionally, the lawsuit sought money damages to reimburse customers for the money they spent to interact with fake female profiles created by the company as a way to increase its profits.
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Attorney Honors and Appointments

Thomas A. Zimmerman, Jr., owner, founder, and managing partner of Zimmerman Law Offices, has received several honors and awards for his work as an attorney. Mr. Zimmerman has been appointed to the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission by the Illinois Supreme Court, and to the Illinois Courts Commission by the Governor of Illinois. Mr. Zimmerman was also named one of the “Top 40 Attorneys under Age 40.”
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Best Buy Rebate Litigation

Best Buy advertised that all customers who purchased a computer at the store would receive a rebate, but the retailer denied rebates to any customers who did not keep their original product bar code. Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging that Best Buy’s denial of its promised rebates amounted to unlawful misrepresentation, and that Best Buy must pay its customers the rebates they were promised.
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BPA Plastic Litigation

Bisphenol A, a chemical known as “BPA,” is used in the linings of plastic food and drink containers, but a report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program revealed a link between BPA and health and developmental problems in infants and children. Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of customers who purchased baby bottles and sippy cups that contained BPA, seeking damages for the defective products and their personal injuries. The lawsuit alleged that manufacturers of the products knew that BPA could pose a serious health risk to infants and children, but nevertheless continued to use BPA in the products.
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Chicago Petroleum Coke Litigation

Several Chicago families filed a class action lawsuit contending that “petcoke”—a dangerous contaminant byproduct of the oil refinery process—has been consistently blowing onto their property and into their homes. For years, several companies stored the petcoke in uncovered piles out in the open, which caused clouds of black dust to blow into the surrounding community. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the homeowners to obtain monetary damages and an injunction ordering that the piles of petcoke be removed or stored in an enclosed structure.
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Chicago Sun-Times Inflated Circulation Litigation

Advertisers filed a class action lawsuit for fraud and for a violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act arising out of the Chicago Sun-Times significantly overstating the circulation of its newspaper for several years. The overstatement enabled the newspaper to charge higher rates to advertisers. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the advertisers to recover their overpayments, and also succeeded in obtaining the largest charitable donation arising from a class action, which required the Chicago Sun-Times to make a multi-million dollar donation to charitable organizations that provide legal aid to the poor.
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City of Chicago Cracked Sidewalk Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago after a person sustained a serious foot injury from falling into a hole in the sidewalk that was not repaired by the City. The City claimed that the injury was a result of the woman’s social activities that evening, which caused her movements to be unstable. However, her physician testified that the amount of alcohol present in her body that evening was not enough to impair her movements, and the City was held responsible for the injuries she sustained.
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Comcast P2P Congestion Management Litigation

Comcast customers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that, even though Comcast advertised unfettered access to the internet, Comcast was restricting its customers’ peer-to-peer “P2P” service, resulting in slower internet connections. The lawsuit alleged that Comcast’s actions violated federal law and network neutrality. The nationwide class of customers, represented by Zimmerman Law Offices, sought money damages and injunctive relief to force Comcast to stop these practices.
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Commonwealth Edison Power Outage Litigation

Customers filed a class action lawsuit against Commonwealth Edison due to widespread power failures in the South Loop and Wrigleyville areas of Chicago that resulted in loss of business and spoiled food. The power outages lasted for days, and were caused by years of neglect and failure to maintain ComEd’s transmission and distribution systems. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the class of residents and businesses affected by the power outages seeking compensation for damages, lost business, and personal injuries sustained as a result of the outages.
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Coors Sweepstakes Fraud Litigation

MillerCoors began a sweepstakes wherein a special code was printed on its beer products. The code allowed consumers to enter the sweepstakes to win NFL football tickets. However, there were millions of invalid codes which did not allow consumers to enter the sweepstakes. Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of beer purchasers who received an invalid code seeking an injunction to allow them to participate in the sweepstakes.
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Country Hills Tax Rebate Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Country Club Hills on behalf of residents who were promised a rebate of the City’s portion of the residents’ property taxes, provided that they filled out the rebate application by the deadline and were eligible for the rebate. However, the City refused to issue the promised rebates despite the residents having satisfied all of the requirements. The lawsuit sought money damages and injunctive relief to obtain the rebates from the City.
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DaimlerChrysler 15-Passenger Dodge Van Rollover Litigation

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A van rollover crash killed two young boys and injured thirteen other passengers. Zimmerman Law Offices represented a mother whose 8-month-old son was killed in the crash, and filed a lawsuit against the van’s owner, driver, and the bus company for negligence and wrongful death. Illinois State Police investigators found that the van was overcrowded at the time of the accident, and the van’s driver did not have a proper driver’s license.
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East Chicago, IN Lead Contamination Litigation

Residents of the West Calumet Public Housing Complex filed a class action lawsuit against Atlantic Richfield Company, E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, and The Chemours Company after government test results found that lead and arsenic levels in the soil at the housing complex were hundreds of times greater than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed safe for residential property. Plaintiffs sought reimbursement for past and future expenses related to the contamination, and monetary compensation for their injuries. Over 1,000 residents live in the West Calumet complex, more than half of whom are children.
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FACTA Credit Card Identity Theft Litigation

FACTA is a federal law that protects customers from identity theft by limiting credit and debit card information that can be printed on customer receipts. Zimmerman Law Offices has filed several class action lawsuits against retailers for disclosing customers’ credit and debit card information in violation of FACTA and their customers’ privacy rights. Hackers could use the disclosed credit and debit card information to engage in fraud and identity theft against the customers. The lawsuits sought money damages, and injunctive relief to stop the retailers from unlawfully disclosing their customers’ private information.
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Female Forces TV Show Litigation

A woman filed a lawsuit against the City of Naperville, certain members of the Naperville Police Department, and A&E Television Networks arising out of the Female Forces television program. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the woman to seek money damages for the airing of her personal information and arrest without her written consent, and despite assuring her that everything filmed during the arrest would not be aired on the television show. Additionally, the lawsuit sought injunctive relief to stop episode reruns from continuing to air on television.
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First Suburban National Loan Interest Litigation

A class of First Suburban National Bank customers, represented by Zimmerman Law Offices, filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the bank overcharged customers inflated interest payments on their loans. The lawsuit alleged that a process by which the bank calculated interest on its loans, known as the “365/360 method,” caused borrowers to pay fraudulently inflated interest rates that were greater than the maximum rates allowed under Illinois law.
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Ford Focus/Fiesta PowerShift Transmission Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. on behalf of consumers who purchased 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with the PowerShift dual clutch transmission. The vehicles’ transmission experienced slipping, stuttering, premature internal wear, sudden acceleration, delay in downshifting, difficulty stopping, and other abnormal reactions. The complaint alleged Ford issued multiple Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) to dealers about the problems with the PowerShift transmission, but Ford actively concealed the transmission defects from its customers by telling them that the symptoms were “normal driving conditions”. The lawsuit sought money damages associated with transmission repairs and the decrease in the resale value of the vehicles.
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Illinois Lottery Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery on behalf of all Illinois Lottery winners who were not paid their winnings due to the lack of a State budget. The State of Illinois refused to pay its Lottery winners in light of a State budget stalemate. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the Lottery winners seeking payment of their winnings plus interest, and injunctive relief to halt Lottery ticket sales until the State started paying the winners.
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James Frey – “A Million Little Pieces” Litigation

James Frey wrote the best-selling novel A Million Little Pieces, which was published as a non-fiction memoir. He gave multiple interviews in print and on television representing that the book was based on his real life experiences of drug addiction and redemption. However, he later admitted that several sections of the book were made up or substantially embellished. Customers who purchased A Million Little Pieces, represented by Zimmerman Law Offices, filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Mr. Frey and his publishers because they were misled by the book’s misrepresentations and false advertising.
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Johnson Elementary School Mold Litigation

Parents of students who attended the Johnson Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 and several school officials after their children suffered illnesses as a result of exposure to mold in the school and other unsafe environmental hazards throughout the building, including excessive levels of carbon monoxide and poor ventilation. In the lawsuit, Zimmerman Law Offices represented the students who sustained illnesses as a result of the poor environment of the school, seeking compensation for their illnesses and injunctive relief to clean the school.
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Kennedy Homes Mold Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a lawsuit against Kennedy Homes, a residential home construction company, on behalf of a homeowner whose house developed a mold infestation. Inspections during the home construction revealed several defects in the home, which ultimately resulted in mold growth in the basement and ceilings. The family repeatedly informed Kennedy Homes about the construction problems in their house, but the builder refused to fix the defects and the family suffered mold-related illnesses.
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Learning Curve International / RC2 Brands Toy Warranty Litigation

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Parents who purchased “Thomas and Friends” train toys with a lifetime guarantee filed suit after the lifetime warranty was suddenly changed to a 90-day warranty. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, represented by Zimmerman Law Offices, purchased the expensive toys relying on the manufacturer’s promise to repair or replace the toys over the course of a lifetime. The lawsuit sought to reinstate the original lifetime warranty.
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Lowe’s Mulch Litigation

Customers who purchased mulch from Lowe’s Home Centers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit accusing Lowe’s of underfilling its bags of mulch. A private investigation revealed that bags of Lowe’s mulch contained 25% less mulch than advertised, and Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Lowe’s, along with its suppliers Gro-Well Brands and Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, engaged in a false advertising scheme in order to increase their profits and save money on shipping costs.
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Manny Pacquiao Boxing Litigation

Boxing fans filed a class action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao and his promoters alleging fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy relative to his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather. For weeks prior to the match, Pacquiao and his team concealed the fact that Pacquiao was suffering from a severe injury to his right shoulder that would hinder his ability to fight. Boxing fans purchased pay-per-view showings and legally wagered money on Pacquiao to win the fight. Zimmerman Law Offices represented television customers and fans in a class action lawsuit seeking money damages to recover their losses.
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Megabus Crash Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices represented dozens of passengers in two separate lawsuits against Megabus arising out of two rollover bus crashes. Passengers in the first bus crash reported that the bus was having mechanical issues with its windshield wipers that did not work properly, and the bus driver was unable to clearly see the road in the rain. The bus driver in the second crash was driving too fast for the icy road conditions, which caused the driver to lose control. Both lawsuits sought money damages for the passengers’ injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.
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Natural Selection Foods E-Coli Spinach Litigation

After a nationwide outbreak of E. Coli from fresh spinach, Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of restaurants that purchased contaminated spinach from Natural Selection Foods. The restaurants were forced to throw out all of the spinach in order to avoid exposing their customers to the deadly E. Coli bacteria. The lawsuit sought reimbursement of the money the restaurants paid to purchase the tainted spinach.
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Olive Garden FACTA Litigation

Customers filed a class action lawsuit against the Olive Garden restaurant for erroneously disclosing their private information in violation of a privacy law that was in effect for several years. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the nationwide class of Olive Garden customers seeking money damages for the privacy violation and injunctive relief to compel the restaurant to stop the unlawful disclosure of private information.
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Oneida Indian Tribe Litigation

Customers filed a class action lawsuit against the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin for publicly disclosing their private information in several of the Tribe’s retail stores, in violation of a federal privacy law. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the class of customers seeking money damages for the Tribe’s failure to protect its customers against identity theft and fraud, and injunctive relief to compel the Tribe to stop its unlawful disclosure of private information.
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Planet Fitness Privacy Litigation

Customers who used tanning rooms and tanning beds at a Planet Fitness Gym filed a class action lawsuit against the gym for violation of their privacy. It was discovered that a person secretly video recorded people while they were disrobing and using the tanning rooms. The lawsuit alleged that the gym failed to have adequate policies to prevent such breaches in security and privacy, and did not disclose to its members that there was a risk of being secretly video recorded, even after the gym discovered one of the cameras. Zimmerman Law Offices represented gym members whose privacy was violated, to obtain money damages for their severe emotional distress.
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Physician License Disciplinary Hearing

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) sought to revoke a physician’s medical license because he was charged with criminal felony sexual assault. The jury found him not guilty in the criminal trial, but the IDFPR persisted with its disciplinary proceedings. Zimmerman Law Offices defended the physician in the license disciplinary matter after he was exonerated from the criminal charges.
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Psychic Fraud Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a lawsuit against a woman claiming to have psychic abilities that enable her to foresee and prevent certain traumatic events in a person’s life. The lawsuit alleged that the woman preyed on peoples’ fears and past tragedies, claiming to foresee various tragic events that would occur in their lives, as well as the lives of their family members. The woman convinced people to pay her large sums of money and, in return, she would use her psychic powers to avert the tragic events from occurring. The lawsuit sought reimbursement of the money paid to the woman and her accomplices.
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Punitive Damages in Pharmaceutical Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a lawsuit against Warner-Lambert Co. on behalf of a woman whose son was born with several brain defects and disabilities. The lawsuit alleged that the company’s drug, Adrenalin, decreased the flow of oxygen to the fetus’s brain causing fetal anoxia, and the boy’s disabilities were a result of the mother being given Adrenalin to treat her asthma attack when she was seven months pregnant. The court allowed Zimmerman Law Offices to seek punitive damages to punish the company for its alleged intentional misconduct in concealing the dangers of the drug.
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Subway Footlong Sandwich Litigation

Restaurant customers filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Subway “Footlong” sandwiches are actually shorter than advertised. The lawsuit alleged that Subway was cheating its customers by knowingly selling sandwiches that were deficient. The nationwide class, represented by Zimmerman Law Offices, sought equitable relief requiring Subway to change its policies and implement quality control measures to ensure that Subway sells sandwiches as advertised.
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Surgery on the Wrong Knee Litigation

An orthopedic surgeon operated on the wrong knee of a patient who was undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery. The surgeon prepped and began performing surgery on the wrong knee, and after realizing his mistake he removed the surgical instruments and sutured the incisions. However, there was no mention of this error in the medical records. Zimmerman Law Offices filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of the patient seeking money damages for the patient’s pain, suffering, and disability resulting from the surgical calamity.
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TCPA Unsolicited Fax Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit, in which the federal court held that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act contains a prohibition against the facsimile transmission of unsolicited advertisements. People and entities who receive an unsolicited facsimile advertisement are entitled to receive statutory damages under the Act, and all companies who advertise via facsimile are required to obtain the recipients’ consent prior to sending the facsimile advertisement.
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Thomas the Tank Engine Lead Paint Litigation

“Thomas & Friends” wooden railway toys contained lead paint, a toxic metal linked to brain damage and other problems in young children. Zimmerman Law Offices filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of parents who purchased the toys, seeking money damages and replacement of the toys that were covered in lead paint. The lawsuit involved over 1.5 million “Thomas & Friends” toys that were covered in lead paint.
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Unconstitutional Municipal Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Litigation

Zimmerman Law Offices filed a class action lawsuit against Illinois municipalities and telephone companies to seek a refund of a municipal telecommunications infrastructure fee that was added to Illinois residents’ monthly telephone bills. Zimmerman Law Offices succeeded in having this statutory fee deemed unconstitutional so that telephone companies could no longer charge it and municipalities throughout Illinois could no longer collect it. As a result, all of these fees were refunded to the residents.
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United Airlines Luggage Litigation

Airline passengers filed a class action lawsuit against United Airlines alleging that the airline purposefully chooses to leave behind passenger luggage in favor of cargo in order to meet aircraft weight limitations. The lawsuit alleged that, in order to increase profits, United will leave behind passenger luggage and prioritize more profitable cargo shipments. Under United’s policy, luggage that does not get transported on the same aircraft as the passenger does not receive a baggage fee refund, whereas United must refund the fee paid for cargo that does not get shipped as promised. Zimmerman Law Offices represented the class of passengers seeking a refund of the baggage fees, and injunctive relief to compel United to modify its policies so that future passengers will not be similarly harmed.
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Wonderful Pistachios Salmonella Litigation

An individual filed a class action lawsuit against Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, LLC, The Wonderful Company, LLC, Paramount Farming Company, LLC, Wonderful Orchards, LLC, and Sam’s West, Inc. d/b/a Sam’s Club, after consuming Wonderful Pistachio raw pistachio nuts and subsequently falling ill. The Wonderful Pistachios are represented to be safely grown, safely processed and safe to consume; however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that an outbreak of Salmonella infections across the United States were caused by consuming Wonderful Pistachios that were contaminated with Salmonella. The class action lawsuit sought reimbursement for the price paid for the pistachios, and monetary damages associated with the illnesses.
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