James T. Busenlener

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a Metairie restaurant for alleged food poisoning.

Francesca M. Lapuyade filed suit against Rawbar, Inc. and Acme Oyster House in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 10.

Lapuyade claims she dined at Acme Oyster House located at 3000 Vertars Blvd. in Metairie on May 9. The plaintiff alleges she ate a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and artichoke soup and the next day became ill and visited a local hospital where she was diagnosed with salmonella poisoning.

Lapuyade asserts that a doctor working at the hospital concluded she had picked up the bacteria through food she consumed at the restaurant.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly and safely prepare foods, failing to properly and safely store food ingredients, failing to properly and safely handle foods and failing to properly and safely store menu items to prevent infection.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for severe physical pain and suffering, permanent physical, severe mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, disability, medical expense and loss of earnings and earning capacity.

Lapuyade is represented by James D. Busenlener of New Orleans-based Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

Case no. 719-934.

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