Buffets Inc. bankrupt, may not pay outbreak victim’s damages

March 31, 2016

A federal court order demanding payment of $11.37 million to a severely injured Salmonella victim may now be worth nothing more than an invitation to a bankruptcy meeting for unsecured creditors.

The March 7 bankruptcy of Texas-based Buffets Inc., its third since 2008, limits the ability of a Nebraska man with life-threatening injures to collect his money, which was awarded because of an infection he acquired in 2010 from dining at an Old Country Buffet restaurant.

Six years ago, Christopher Gage, a U.S. military veteran from western Nebraska, stopped off to eat at the Old Country Buffet in Cheyenne, WY, where…