LAWFUEL – USA Today reports that the owners of dead or injured animals are expressing anger and frustration at getting repeated telephone calls that a federal judge has called “abusive and harassing” from the company at the heart of the contaminated pet food scandal.
Claire Moonjian of Georgetown, S.C., lost her dog, Sophie, to kidney failure on March 9. Moonjian believes her pet’s death was caused by contaminated food manufactured by Menu Foods, based in Ontario, Canada.
She said she was contacted twice by Crawford and Co., an Atlanta-based insurance adjustor representing Menu Foods. Moonjian says the caller suggested that by refusing to answer his questions, she was hurting her own case.
The calls to Moonjian and other pet owners were the subject of a hearing last week in Camden, N.J., before U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman. Lawyers from six firms representing pet owners who claim their dogs or cats were harmed by Menu’s food asked Hillman to stop the company from contacting their clients directly.