2007 Events & Speaking Engagements
Marler Clark regularly presents at meetings and annual education conferences for food industry groups, environmental health associations, and FDA-sponsored Regional Retail Food Seminars. Contact Leslie Dale at (206) 407-2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a speaker for an upcoming event.
Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i, to present at the 2007 Hawai’i Environmental Health Association conference. He gave two presentations titled, “Liability issues that can affect regulatory agencies” and “Case studies involving litigation in the food industry”.
Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns traveled to San Francisco for the 2nd International Food HACCP conference. There, he gave a presentation titled, “Profiting from Unsafe Food: The Economics, Law, and Politics of Foodborne Illness Litigation”. Marler Clark was a conference sponsor.
Denis Stearns was in Portland, Oregon, to present at Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Northwest Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop. Denis’ presentation focused on the liability impacts of recent foodborne illness outbreaks.
Marler Clark Senior Associate Dave Babcock traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he delivered a speech titled, “Legal Liability of Public Health Agencies for Alleged Negligent Inspections” for the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference.
Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck gave a joint presentation on the relationship between lawyers and public relations and how to get a strategic point across through media relations in Professor Kathleen Fearn-Banks’ communications class.
Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler will attend the North Dakota Environmental Health Association conference on October 9-11, 2007, and will present on a topic related to foodborne illness litigation.
Bruce Clark traveled to Boulder, Colorado, for the Boulder County EHA meeting on September 27, 2007 - their day on food safety.
Patti Waller will travel to Merrillville, Indiana, for the Indiana Environmental Health Association’s Fall Educational Conference. Her presentation will be central to a discussion on how public health agencies can recover the cost of public health expenditures resulting from a foodborne illness outbreak.
Bill Marler, Food Safety Lawyer at the China Int’l Food Safety and Quality Conference and Exposition
Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck will travel to Beijing, China, to present at the China International Food Safety Conference and Exposition, being held September 12-13, 2007. Bill will present a keynote address titled, “The Legal Costs of Foodborne Illness”, and Suzanne will speak during a break-out session, giving a presentation titled, “Crisis Communications: Steps to Take if Your Company is Identified as the Source of a Foodborne Illness Outbreak”.
Patti Waller traveled to Connecticut for the FDA’s Northeast Region Annual Food Protection Seminar. Her presentation touched on how Marler Clark uses health department data in its investigation of foodborne illness claims.
Bill Marler presented at the 14th Australian HACCP Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. His presentation was given during a program titled, “Tell us about class actions relating to foodborne illness in USA”.
Drew Falkenstein traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for a speaking engagement at the Interstate Environmental Health Conference, which was held at the historic Seelbach Hotel. His presentation was titled, “Liability of Environmental Health Agencies for Alleged Negligent Inspections.”
Bill Marler traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, to be held July 14-18, 2007. He participated in the “Litigation at Sunrise” program, scheduled at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
Dave Babcock presented at the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection conference on topics related to strict liability and distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate claims of foodborne illness.
Patti Waller gave a joint presentation with former Marler Clark client Barbara Kowalcyk. Their presentation focused on Barbara’s family’s experience with searching for the source of the E. coli contamination that resulted in the death of her son, Kevin. The presentation was inspired by an article that Patti and Barbara wrote for the Journal of Environmental Health.
Denis Stearns and Drew Falkenstein presented during the Handwashing Leadership Forum session at the National Environmental Health Association conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Denis and Drew participated in a mock trial related to a foodborne illness outbreak that was the result of poor hand hygiene.
Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Denver, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, where he gave a presentation titled, “Recouping Outbreak Costs: Who Should Pay?”
Denis Stearns gave a joint panel presentation with Marry Anne Hogue, Vice President of Food Safety Services for the Steritech Group, at the Institute for Supply Management’s Hospitality Supply Management Forum.
Drew Falkenstein traveled to Athens, Georgia, to present at the University of Georgia’s Fresh-Cut Produce HACCP Workshop, organized by the UGA Food Science Extension Outreach Program. Drew’s speech was titled, “Foodborne Illness from a Legal Perspective.”
Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Chicago, Illinois, for the Institute of Supply management’s 2007 conference, where he gave a presentation titled, “Food Safety: It’s more than just checking the expiration date.”
Bill Marler presented at the Minnesota Products Liability Seminar on topics related to foodborne illness litigation as it relates to products liability.
Denis Stearns presented at the Oregon Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon. His presentation was titled, “Recouping the Costs of foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigations.”
Denis Stearns gave a speech titled, “Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness Outbreaks” at the Iowa Public Health Conference, to be held in Ames, Iowa. The conference title is, “New Directions for Public Health.”
Drew Falkenstein was the keynote speaker for the Idaho Environmental Health Association’s annual meeting, which will be held at Boise State University. His presentation focused on legal liability and obligations of health inspectors in the field.
Bill Marler traveled to the Salinas Valley’s National Steinbeck Center to be the keynote speaker for an Ag Forum luncheon. Mr. Marler’s presentation focused on fresh produce contamination and litigation that follows outbreaks, such as the recent E. coli outbreak traced to fresh spinach.
Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark and epidemiologist Patti Waller attended the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce meeting titled, “The Legal Aspects of Food Safety.” Bruce and Patti will give a half-day workshop titled, “Focus on Food Safety - Distinguishing Between Legitimate and Illegitimate Claims of Food Poisoning,” which will be followed by a workshop put on by food-industry companies.
Bruce Clark traveled to Abbotsford, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver, to present to the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association. Bruce’s speech centered on food safety as a way for businesses to protect themselves from liability for foodborne illness outbreaks.
Denis Stearns presented a version of his 2006 NEHA presentation, “Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness Outbreaks,” titled “YOU BREAK IT, YOU BOUGHT IT: Incentivising Food Safety by Making Restaurants Reimburse for Outbreak Costs,” and “HOW TO SUE A HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Understanding the Risk of Legal Liability for Negligent Inspections and Other Alleged Failures” at the 2007 Southwest Food Safety Seminar in Laughlin, Nevada.
Bill Marler gave a presentation titled, “How to Sue a Health Department” at the Minnesota Environmental Health Association meeting, to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota. His presentation focused on Minnesota laws governing liability of public health agencies.