• Hardees wants class action lawsuit dismissed after hepatitis A outbreak

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hardees is asking a federal court judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit after this summer's hepatitis A outbreak in Charlotte.

    [RELATED: Mecklenburg Co. health department wraps up hepatitis A vaccinations following outbreak]

    The case was filed earlier this summer in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, but was moved to federal court.

    Customers want the restaurant to compensate them for having to get a vaccine after the outbreak.

    Hardees said the allegations are ambiguous and argues customers haven't specifically proven exposure in its restaurant.

    Channel 9 covered the outbreak in June extensively and reported that an employee at the Hardees on Little Rock Road was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

    [RELATED: Mecklenburg Co. health officials begin biweekly updates after 5 confirmed hepatitis A cases]

    The health department encouraged anyone who ate at the restaurant between June 13 and June 23 to get vaccinated.

    The county offered free vaccinations for 11 days and vaccinated over 2,000 people. The health department estimated 4,000 were exposed to the virus. 

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