Berg & Androphy Represent Whistleblower in American Grocers, Inc. Lawsuit

Last month the Department of Justice announced that American Grocers, Inc., has agreed to pay $13.2 million to settle a lawsuit that charged the Houston company with changing "use-by" labels on food sold and shipped to U.S. troops in the Middle East during the Iraq war.

The case began in 2005 after Delma Pallare, despite fears of retaliation, blew the whistle on American Grocers, Inc. and its owner Samir Itani, and brought to light the illegal conduct.

Ms. Pallares, represented by the law firm of Berg & Androphy, brought her lawsuit, also known as a qui tam action, under the Civil False Claims Act in the Southern District of Texas. The Houston law firm spent 5 years relentlessly pursuing the case along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Zingaro. As a result, the government issued a search warrant for American Grocers’ warehouse, indicted Itani, and intervened in the qui tam action.

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