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More suits expected on tainted cantaloupes

DENVER — An attorney said Monday he’ll soon file 30 more lawsuits for victims of contaminated cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly in 2011.

The melons actually were not tainted at the farm but rather at a nearby processing operation.

Attorney Bill Marler said the next batch of lawsuits will be against retailers who sold the product, the distributor Jensen used and a food safety laboratory company.

Jensen, which declared bankruptcy, and two other companies paid $3.8 million recently to settle an earlier set of lawsuits. They will not be targets of the new round of cases, Marler said.

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