2015 Listeria outbreak

For 890 days while the government prosecuted retired Blue Bell executive Paul Kruse, that European river cruise or summer in Tuscany wasn’t an option. This week, his U.S. Passport was returned to Kruse, marking the culmination of his plea agreement ending the government’s case against him.

It is also the

Continue Reading Plea agreement brings closure to Blue Bell’s last case involving the 2015 listeriosis outbreak

AUSTIN — Richard S. “Ricky” Dickson, the current President at Blue Bell Creameries, testified Wednesday as a government witness against his predecessor and one-time mentor, Paul Kruse.

Dickson took over from Kruse in 2017 at the Brenham, TX, company known for its flagship brand of Blue Bell ice creams.


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With three weeks until jury selection, the first sealed document with several exhibits was docketed in the United States v. Paul Krause. Its contents remain a mystery.

And ahead of the July 22 pre-trial meeting, the prosecution and defense are conducting spirited arguments over whether certain parts of the indictment

Continue Reading Pre-trial arguments underway for Aug. 1 trial of retired Blue Bell president

Discover Property & Casualty and Travelers Indemnity insurance companies have sued the officers and directors of Blue Bell Creameries to void any general liability coverage for the 2015 listeria outbreak traced to the company’s ice cream.

It was not long ago that corporate Blue Bell seemed to have put some
Continue Reading Blue Bell’s insurance carriers sue ice cream firm, its officers and directors

Federal Judge Robert Pitman backed up his chief judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western Texas District on Dec. 21 by ruling that the COVID-19 crisis was sufficient enough reason to shrink a defendant’s statute of limitations rights. The issue could next be ripe for the appellate court.
Continue Reading Motion to dismiss charges against former Blue Bell chief denied by Austin judge

A Texas grand jury has charged the former president of ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries LP with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged scheme to cover up the company’s sales of Listeria-tainted ice cream in 2015, the Justice Department announced today.

In an indictment filed in
Continue Reading Grand jury charges former Blue Bell President Paul Kruse with wire fraud and conspiracy