City sues restaurant where lawyers were sickened in February

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City officials have filed a lawsuit against a Philadelphia restaurant where nearly 100 attorneys and law students were sickened in February. reports ( ) the city said in a court filing two weeks ago that Joy Tsin Lau is a "public health nuisance" and sought a cease and desist order to the Chinatown restaurant.

Mabel Chi Chan, the restaurant's owner, says she's stunned. She says the health department visited in April and granted Joy Tsin Lau permission to reopen.

It's unclear if the suit is connected to the February outbreak. City health officials said at the time that it was caused by a "food source." But they said they were barred by law from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated.

A city attorney declined to comment.


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