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Man sickened after eating gluten at Grand Canyon hotel sues

FILE - In this March 20, 2007, file photo, the Skywalk hangs over the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation before its grand opening ceremony at Grand Canyon West, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — A Los Angeles artist’s lawsuit against a Grand Canyon hotel-restaurant that alleges he was negligently served gluten is now in federal court.

Court documents show Todd Serlin’s complaint against Xanterra Parks & Resorts, initially filed in Coconino County Superior Court, moved to U.S. District Court last week.

According to Serlin, he suffered permanent injuries after eating at a restaurant in the park in December 2016 and continues to feel pain.

He is asking for damages in an amount that would be determined at trial.

Serlin, who suffers from celiac disease, says he checked several times with the staff that a French onion soup could be prepared gluten-free.

He fell ill an hour later.

Attorneys for Xanterra declined to comment when reached Tuesday. An attorney for Serlin was not immediately available.

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