Freshway Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Multistate (2010)
Marler Clark represented victims of a 2010 E. coli O145 outbreak that was traced to contaminated Romaine lettuce sold by Freshway Foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 confirmed and 7 probable E. coli cases from 5 states were linked to the Freshway Romaine lettuce E. coli O145 outbreak in April and May of 2010. Cases were located in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Multiple students attending The Ohio State University were part of the E. coli outbreak.
During litigation, Marler Clark learned that during the E. coli outbreak investigation, an unopened bag of Freshway lettuce tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O145, providing powerful evidence that the Freshway Romaine lettuce had experienced a contamination event at some point in the manufacturing process.
The law firm resolved the E. coli claims of individuals represented against Freshway in 2011.