QUEENSBURY -- Attorneys representing more than 100 people filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Warren County against the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark over a 2008 norovirus outbreak.
The state Department of Health documented more than 600 cases of norovirus in March 2008, apparently stemming from contaminated food and pool water at the park's hotel complex.
"Here, many people, especially children, suffered brief but violent periods of illness," said Don Boyajian, one of two attorneys representing those who were infected.
Those infected experienced brief but violent fits of vomiting and diarrhea.
Dozens of people filed lawsuits following the incident. Those claims were consolidated into a single case -- the class-action lawsuit, which has been in the works since 2009.
Boyajian did not specify the amount of damages being sought. He said damages would depend on the virus' impact on each individual.
Attorneys representing Great Escape were not available on Wednesday for comment.
Boyajian alleges that Great Escape, and its parent company Six Flags Inc., failed to maintain proper sanitary conditions and didn't warn guests once the outbreak became known.
"Guests reported that entire floors of the hotel were sick," Boyajian said. "Yet, Six Flags continued to keep their doors open and charge admission."
The outbreak resulted in the hotel and indoor water park temporarily closing two of its restaurants, installing hand-sanitizing stations and implementing more rigorous disinfection measures at its indoor water park.
State Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann has ruled that anyone who experienced gastrointestinal illness while visiting the park during the outbreak, or within 72 hours of departing, can be party to the case.