A New York litigation firm announced this morning that it has opened an investigation into allegations that Chipotle leadership engaged in securities fraud or related illegal business actions. Pomerantz LLP said in a news release that it has opened the probe on behalf of Chipotle investors.
The corporate, securities and antitrust class litigation firm said that it is seeking to form a class of investors related to the fraud investigation and is seeking investors who believe they might have been victims of the alleged activity.
This comes on the heels of a weekend event involving at least eight and perhaps as many as 13 diners at a Sterling, Virginia, location of the chain.
Yesterday, that story became national news and Chipotle responded at that time with a statement saying that the sick individuals apparently had contracted norovirus.
Chipotle Executive Director of Food Safety Jim Marsden wrote in an email to the editor of this site, "Norovirus does not come from our food supply, and it is safe to eat at Chipotle."
Other than direct responses to media inquiries about the sickened diners, Chipotle has provided no additional statements.
The chain did issue a news release today on a music innovation it is introducing related to its food ingredients, but made no mention of events at the Virginia location.