— A $200-million wrongful death lawsuit filed against the owners of a Minnesota ice cream shop and two employees claims the owners did not provide adequate supervision to ensure the safety of customers.
In the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Duluth, Clementine Bakery owners Nancy and James Calkins argue their business has been damaged by a series of incidents since 2012, including an explosion that killed two employees and damaged a third.
The lawsuit, filed by the Calkens, says they suffered financial losses and emotional distress after a 2014 explosion at the store, which has been in operation since 1988.
The explosion at Clementine left three people dead and nearly 200 people injured.
The couple says the explosion was caused by a faulty thermostat, not the ice cream.
They also say their ice cream is not safe to eat because the ingredients in it contain high levels of chemicals known to cause cancer.
The suit says the owners were aware of the dangers of the ice creams in 2012 and 2013, but were slow to address them because of fears of a lawsuit.
The suit claims the Cakens were also unaware of a “lack of effective training” for employees on how to use fire extinguishers.