CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit blames a restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.
Former Delegate Virginia Starcher's family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Bob Evans spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell said Friday the lawsuit is without merit.
The lawsuit says Starcher and her husband, Harold, ate meatloaf meals from a Bob Evans in Ripley in October 2012.
It claims that nine hours later, the two went to a hospital for food poisoning. Harold Starcher suffered a stroke that day.
Virginia Starcher, who also had pre-existing health problems, died in December 2012.
Her husband died in May 2013 after a December open heart surgery.
The Charleston Daily Mail first reported the lawsuit.