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Law Firm Sues Over Peanut Butter

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who reported getting sick after eating contaminated peanut butter.

It's one of at least three lawsuits filed against ConAgra Foods, which is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Georgia, plant.

Federal officials have linked the peanut butter to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people in West Virginia and 38 other states since August. No deaths have been reported.

The Seattle firm Marler Clark says it has been contacted by 25 hundred people. Attorney William Marler says the lawsuit seeks compensation for people who got sick, but were not hospitalized. Marler says the more serious cases will be handled separately.

A ConAgra spokeswoman says the company takes consumer concerns seriously -- that's why it has recalled the peanut butter.

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