Renowned human rights lawyer Richard Spoor, who is putting together a class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands for those affected by the listeriosis outbreak, says it would be in the company's best interests to settle as soon as possible. "If it wants to rehabilitate itself and its reputation it needs to address and resolve this issue," he says. The outbreak, which has killed at least 183 people and left around 1000 ill, has been linked to the Polokwane and Germiston factories of processed-meat manufacturer Enterprise, which is a Tiger Brands subsidiary. Spoor won multibillion-rand payouts for the victims of asbestos and silicosis poisoning, but it took eight and 11 years respectively to get the responsible mining companies to settle. He says families could be looking at three years if Tiger Brands resists an out-of-court settlement. "We're always pushing for a settlement," he says. "It's always a better option. There's no advantage to anyone in dragging these things out."Gryphon A...

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