Mexican food purveyor Chipotle is avoiding a court battle by settling claims by nearly a hundred people who got sick after eating at the company’s restaurants, Reuters reports. Settlement terms were not disclosed, but Reuters reported the series of claims had been settled over approximately the last six months.
Claims involved customers whose illnesses were verified by medical records. The article quote several legal and investment experts as saying that Chipotle’s efforts at settling legitimates claims privately was a responsible way to move forward and was similar to the way Jack in the Box handled claims in a landmark 1993 E. coli case that led to significant changes in public policy.
The company has overhauled its food safety practices but still faces a federal criminal investigation and a civil lawsuit by investors.