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After latest salmonella report, more lawsuits against Firefly

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While the investigation into what caused 200 people to be exposed to salmonella at Firefly continues, more people who got sick are filing lawsuits against the once-popular restaurant.

Many, like James Malcolm, are naming the restaurant owners and managers for allowing the conditions inside the kitchen to get so bad.

"My little sister and her boyfriend had flown in from Florida, and they had flown in a little bit early so we could do a birthday dinner," Malcolm told FOX5, saying he naturally thought of Firefly on Paradise.

"You know it's just always been a really popular restaurant. It's always on the map every time people come to town and you want to do a special occasion, you usually think of going there," Malcolm said.

But it was a pick which he's spent the last 15 days regretting and a choice which exposed Malcolm and his family to salmonella.

Since Malcolm works in catering, he's out of a job.

"When you work in the food industry, when you... contract anything like that, the first thing they're going to tell you is you can't work because you're at risk of infecting other people," Malcolm said.

Malcolm is one of several victims who has brought their case to Attorney Parviz Heshmati, all claiming the restaurant's management is to blame.

"It's a culture of just laziness or a culture of tolerance for things that shouldn't be allowed where you're serving hundreds of people a day," Malcolm said.

"Anyone who is profiting from this needs to be held responsible, because they made money off of this... by cutting corners, and they got people like James sick. … Whether it's the owners or it's the management, someone needs to be held responsible," Heshmati said.

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