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Lawsuit Blames Bob Evans Meatloaf For Deaths Of Former WV Lawmaker, Husband

A lawsuit blames a Bob Evans 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-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court. It says Starcher and her husband, Harold, ate meatloaf meals from a Bob Evans restaurant 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. Bob Evans spokesperson Hinda Mitchell said Friday the lawsuit is without merit.

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