ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – A lawsuit has been filed against the popular Olive Garden restaurant chain over the death of an Ann Arbor woman.

Attorney Richard Bernstein is representing the estate of Rose Martin. In January, Martin, a well-known community leader and activist, collapsed at the Olive Garden in Ann Arbor and when a waitress started giving CPR, a manager told her to stop.

“The waitress did what she was instructed, she did what she was ordered to do by her manager and she stopped performing CPR,” said Bernstein. “And then ultimately what happened was in the middle of all this, which is the most remarkable thing, the Olive Garden restaurant continued to seat people while this was all taking place.”

Paramedics arrived minutes later but could not revive Martin who had died. Olive Garden says their team responded immediately and took appropriate actions to assist Ms. Martin until the paramedics arrived.

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