Our News Archives page includes a list of cases - in alphabetical order by party sued - that have generated news.

Abbott Cheeses Listeria Litigation - British Columbia

Marler Clark represented a woman who became ill with Listeriosis and suffered a miscarriage after consuming Listeria-contaminated cheese while on vacation in Victoria, British Columbia.

Woman who lost her baby to sue over bad cheese


AgVenture Farms Petting Zoo E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Litigation - Florida

On April 15, 2005, the Florida Department of Health announced that it had traced thirty confirmed and 47 suspected cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection. The Health Department ultimately traced the E. coli outbreak to contact with animals at three separate petting zoos, all operated by AgVenture Farms, from Plant City, Florida.

Over a dozen children were hospitalized with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a complication of E. coli O157:H7 infection that can lead to kidney failure.

Victims of 2005 E. coli outbreak reach settlement with Strawberry Festival

E. coli lawsuit filed against Florida Strawberry Festival, Petting Zoo

Praise for North Carolina Petting Zoo Guidelines - But are guidelines enough?

Marler Clark calls for legislation to protect visitors at petting zoos

Lawsuits filed in E. coli outbreak

2 more suits filed against zoo in E. coli cases

Victims linked to petting zoo

E. coli lawsuit filed against Florida Petting Zoo

Victims linked to petting zoo

Third fair linked to petting zoo E. coli outbreak that sickened 22

Number of fair-related illnesses grows to 17

Illnesses connected to 2 fairs

E. coli victim downgraded to critical

Investigators focusing on dangerous E. coli strain in Florida outbreak

Ever-present E. coli can cause illness, death

Mystery of kidney failures widens

Lightning Strikes the Same Spot Twice: Florida petting zoo at the center of E. coli investigation

Sickened children all went to a fair

E. coli attorney speaks out about E. coli outbreaks at fairs, petting zoos

State probes what caused kidney failure in 5 children

 

American Foods Group (AFG) - Minnesota

See Supervalu

 

Bauer Meat E. coli Litigation - Georgia

Marler Clark represented the family of an 11-year-old Georgia boy who spent four days in the hospital after becoming ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating a contaminated hamburger at Danielsville Elementary School in April of 1998.

The meat was traced to Bauer Meat Co. of Ocala Florida, leading federal officials to close down the company and recall 38,000 pounds of ground beef that had been distributed to schools, military bases and other institutions in Georgia and North Carolina.

Food Safety Attorney Praises USDA New Stricter Standards for School Meat

Beef Wars: Is the USDA's E. Coli policy undercooked?

Lawsuit Settled Against Meat Company on Behalf of Boy Sickened by E. coli Tainted School Hamburger

Tainted Burger Prompts Suit; Madison County Boy, 12, Was Infected with E. coli

Tougher Standards Battle Meat Bacteria

Family Sues Processing Company

Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Boy Who Ate Contaminated Ground Beef at Georgia Elementary School

 

BJ's Wholesale Club E. coli Litigation - New York and New Jersey

At least 3 people in suburban New York and New Jersey were poisoned by E. coli O157:H7 that was eventually traced to bulk ground beef bought from BJ's Wholesale Club.

The Massachusetts-based wholesaler initially denied any responsibility, but eventually agreed to a limited recall of ground beef.

Marler Clark represented all three seriously ill children who were sickened by eating hamburgers made from the tainted beef in the summer of 2002.

E. coli victim sues BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's sued over meat it sold

E. coli cases spark nationwide response

Families sue BJ's Wholesale Club

Marler Clark, E. coli victims sue BJ’s Wholesale Club for $25 Million

Advocates attack food recall policy

Rockland County Confirms 18 E. coli Poisoning Cases

Tests: BJs meat was not E. coli source

E. coli found in BJ's meat

 

Black Forest Bakery Salmonella Litigation - Michigan

Contaminated cannoli filling and cassata cakes from a popular local bakery poisoned nearly 200 people in Clinton Township - suburban Detroit - Michigan in early 2002.

State investigators blamed poor sanitation practices, lack of employee hand-washing, and cross contamination of Salmonella-contaminated eggs or dairy products in the kitchen. Of 196 people who were sickened, 24 were hospitalized with extreme diarrhea, stomach pains, vomiting and other painful symptoms linked to E. coli. Investigators could not determine the precise origin of the contamination, but reported that the outbreak was worsened by poor kitchen practices.

Marler Clark represented many of those most-sickened by the toxin, which contaminated products sold at the bakery and served at a variety of events.

Salmonella poisoning blamed on inadequate sanitation

Second lawsuit filed against bakery

Bakery was warned of food-handling problems

 

Blimpie's Norovirus Outbreak Litigation - Michigan

The Kent County Health Department announced on May 18, 2005 that approximately 125 people became ill with Norovirus infections after eating food purchased from a Grand Rapids Blimpie's restaurant in May, 2005.

Norovirus lawsuit filed against Blimpie’s

Sandwich shop serves up fresh start

Health Department Determines Cause of Sickness from Local Blimpie's

 

Bravo! Cucina Italiano Norovirus Litigation - Michigan

In May of 2006, a norovirus outbreak was traced to food served at Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant in Lansing, Michigan. Over 500 people contacted the Ingham County Health Department to report experiencing symptoms of norovirus after eating at Bravo.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Bravo on May 15, 2006. The firm represented several people in claims against Bravo. The claims were amicably resolved.

Food safety: Even the experts are not immune

Test results expected today in Bravo illness; restaurant could open this week

Victim of Bravo norovirus outbreak files suit

Illness closes Bravo eatery

More sickened after eating at another local restaurant

About 200 report becoming ill after eating at Bravo

Food poisoning outbreak hits another Lansing restaurant

 

Brook-Lea Country Club Salmonella Litigation - Rochester, New York

In the summer of 2002, an outbreak of salmonella poisoning was traced to the restaurant at the Brook-Lea Country Club in suburban Rochester, NY. Nearly 100 people fell ill in the initial outbreak, which was followed by a second outbreak a few weeks later.

For a time, the country club board of governors attributed the outbreaks to “deliberate contamination of food.” The specific cause was not identified, but the Brook-Lea restaurant was closed for some time.

Marler Clark settled the claims of 75 individuals who were ill with Salmonella infections.

Brook-Lea Settles Suit

Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler settle Brook-Lea Salmonella cases

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Local Lawsuit

Brook-Lea faces salmonella suit

Salmonella victims sue Brook-Lea

Marler Clark files lawsuit against Brook-Lea

More People Infected with Salmonella after Attending Tournament at Brook-Lea

Victims Of Salmonella Poisoning Describe Their Pain

Seattle lawyer in talks over Brook-Lea salmonella poisonings

Food ills hit Brook-Lea again - Club suspects sabotage as police join inquiry

New salmonella case confirmed in worker

Lawyer adds salmonella clients

Salmonella poisoning tally hits 67

Salmonella infection victims hire top lawyer

 

Cafe Santa Fe Salmonella Litigation - Arkansas

The Saline County Health Department and Arkansas Department of Health investigated a Salmonella outbreak in Benton, Arkansas, in May, 2005. What was originally believed to be a small outbreak, with only nine ill people, ballooned into a large outbreak, with dozens of people reporting illness.

Cafe Santa Fe closes doors: Restaurant could not recover from health violation

Plaintiffs Added to Salmonella Lawsuit

Benton restaurant sued by Salmonella outbreak victim

Outbreak of Salmonellosis in Arkansas

Salmonella shuts local eatery

 

Carl's Jr. Hepatitis A Litigation - Spokane, Washington

The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) received a confirmed report of hepatitis A in a food handler employed at the Carl’s Jr., Restaurant on February 16, 2000. Health Department staff sent out a public notice, and encouraged any person who consumed food at Carl’s Jr. on days the food handler worked to receive IG treatment.

Marler Clark represented several people who contracted hepatitis A after eating at Carl’s Jr. as well as those who received Immune Globulin shots to prevent infection.

Carl's Jr. settles suit with hepatitis victims

Carl's Jr. February 2000 Hepatitis A Outbreak Class Action

Food Safety Advocates Call on Industry to Vaccinate All Food Handlers Against Hepatitis A

Marler Clark Amends Class Action Against Carl's Jr. To Add Named Plaintiff Who Received Immune Globulin Shot

Man claims he contracted virus from city restaurant

Marler Clark Files Class Action Against Carl's Jr. Franchise on Behalf of Hepatitis A Victims

 

Carneco/ Sam’s Club E. coli Litigation - Minnesota

Marler Clark represented a 10-year-old Minnesota boy poisoned by E. coli O157:H7 contamination in ground beef processed by Carneco Foods, of Nebraska, and sold by Sam’s Club in Eagan, Minnesota, in the summer of 2004. The youth suffered more than a week of extreme pains and bloody diarrhea, followed by a month of weakness and exhaustion.

The outbreak eventually prompted federal authorities to recall nearly 500,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties manufactured by Carneco, some of which was branded as “Northern Plains” and sold at Sam’s Club stores in Minnesota.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Carneco in connection with Sam’s Club Outbreak

Investigation closes at Carneco

Sam's Club supplier recalls 500,000 pounds of beef

E. coli strikes again for Carneco and Sam's Club

E. coli cases are linked to meat sold at Sam's Club

 

Carrabba's Italian Restaurant Norovirus Outbreak - Michigan

Over 400 diners became ill with Norovirus after eating at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant in Lansing, Michigan, after eating there on the weekend of Jan. 28-29. Ill food workers for the restaurant, which has a history of critical food safety violations, were the likely cause of the outbreak, according to an investigation by the Barry-Eaton District Health Department.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Carrabba's on February 14, 2006, and represented several people in claims against Carrabba's.

Carrabba's apologizes for sickened customers

Food safety attorney to file lawsuit against Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Carrabba's has history of violations

Staff may have spread Carrabba's illness

Monday update: Restaurant's reported virus toll hits 344

Numbers total nearly 200 sick after eating at local restaurant

57 sickened after eating at restaurant

Foodborne illness Web site is resource for victims of Lansing outbreak

 

CCC Alternative Learning Program Daycare E. coli Litigation - Fort Worth, Texas

In June of 2002, the Tarrant County Public Health Department Disease Control Section was notified of the hospitalization of a 2-year old child with a diagnosis of hemolytic uremic syndrome or HUS, a complication of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Over the following days, the Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPHD) was notified of several additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 infections, which included five positive stool cultures. All of the identified cases were associated with the CCC Alternative Learning Program Daycare in Fort Worth, Texas.

In the end, the TCPHD identified 15 cases of E. coli O157:H7 associated with the daycare, including 12 children, one daycare staff member and one parent of a daycare attendee. TCPDH conducted an investigation into the source of the infections. TCPDH reported that the investigation identified “several breaches in food preparation and procedures at the daycare facility.”

TCPDH reported that “many parents report food being prepared and served (at the daycare), which was prior to city permitting.” TCPDH also stated that appropriate sources of drinking water were not available in the building housing the smaller children. Staff reported to TCPDH that water jugs were filled using the bathroom sink. TCPDH stated that a swimming pool at the facility was reported in use with murky water prior to chlorination and without permitting for use by the city.

Perhaps most importantly, staff, parents and children reported the frequent practice of having portable lunches out on the daycare grounds by a pond, which collected pasture run off of nearby grazing cattle. TCPDH reported that several water samples of pond water confirmed a heavy concentration of E. coli O157:H7.

The City of Fort Worth Consumer Health Division cited the facility for multiple violations.

Marler Clark represented the family of a little girl who became ill with E. coli and HUS in litigation against the daycare facility.

 

 

Chi-Chi's Hepatitis A Outbreak - Pennsylvania

In November, 2003, at least 660 people were sickened, and four died from Hepatitis A contracted from Mexican-grown green onions served at the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi’s Restaurant near Pittsburg. The Food and Drug Administration attributed the outbreak to poor sanitation that allowed the Hepatitis A move from Mexican fields to the salsa and condiment tables at Chi-Chi’s. The outbreak, linked to similar outbreaks in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, is considered the largest single-source epidemic of Hepatitis A in U.S. history.

Marler Clark represented many of the approximately 300 victims who were seeking compensation from Chi-Chi’s and four companies that supplied the green onions.

Chi-Chi’s, a chain of about 100 restaurants was already in bankruptcy before the outbreak, but claims were paid by its insurance carrier. About 76 of the restaurants were purchased by Outback Steakhouses Inc, which plans to convert them to its own brands.

Chi-Chi’s class action settlement checks on the way; Attorneys’ fees donated to local high school foundation

Chi-Chi's checks to arrive soon

Court OKs payments for those given shots after hepatitis outbreak

Settlement approved in Chi-Chi's class action

Hepatitis victim settles Chi-Chi's suit

Class-action notices to be mailed in Chi-Chi's outbreak

Chi-Chi's to settle lawsuit

Chi-Chi's to Pay $800K for Hepatitis Shots

Men suing Chi-Chi's for 'hepatitis soup'

Two lawsuits filed against Chi-Chi’s on behalf of hepatitis A outbreak victims

Hepatitis still hurts

Outback Steakhouse closes on acquisition of Chi-Chi's restaurants

Tristate company sued by Chi-Chi's

Bankruptcy court OKs Chi-Chi's $2 million in hepatitis settlements

Fourteen hepatitis claims settle in first mediation sessions

Hepatitis victims describe ordeals

Hepatitis A menace still looms months later

New Hepatitis Litigation Site Provides Useful Resource for Victims Making Claims against Chi-Chi’s

McDonald's hepatitis case remains a mystery

Produce liability

Judge Approves Mediation in Hepatitis A Outbreak

Chi-Chi's agreement awaited

Hepatitis claims may go to mediator

Possible secondary hepatitis case probed in Beaver

Bankruptcy judge allows hepatitis lawsuit against Chi-Chi's

Months Later, Man Still Suffers From Hepatitis A

Local Hep-A Victim Gets Check From Chi-Chi's

Hepatitis survivor lucky to be alive

Experts Seek New Effort to Control Hepatitis A

Epidemiologist praises hepatitis response

Hepatitis' rarity in U.S. makes it dangerous

Hepatitis plaintiffs want judge to OK lawsuits against Chi-Chi's

Hepatitis-A Victims’ Attorneys Ask Bankruptcy Court to Lift Stay

Secondary cases of Hepatitis-A predictable, lawyer says

Students who got hepatitis likely shared food

State confirms secondary of hepatitis A cases connected to Chi-Chi's

Clues, but no smoking gun

Officials fear Hepatitis A spread

U.S., Mexico at odds over where onion probe's going

Importing health hazards

U.S. reports problems at 4 onion companies

FDA Update on Recent Hepatitis A Outbreaks Associated With Green Onions From Mexico

Investigators say viral link may never be found

Officials: No Link to Hepatitis, Onions

Green onions remain in the hot seat -- Four U.S. firms named in lawsuit

One of 4 firms linked to U.S. hepatitis outbreak violated hygiene standards

Plaintiffs turn up the heat on Chi-Chi's

Mexican governor: inspectors found no hepatitis in Baja California

Castellini named in hepatitis suit

How going out for 'decent meal' led to transplant for Beaver man

Water key suspect in hepatitis A outbreak

Hep Patient's Lawsuit Names U.S. Onion Suppliers

Hepatitis backlash hits mostly local, Mexican restaurants

Mexican official says FDA rushed to judgment

Hepatitis cases rise to 635 in Beaver County

U.S. Inspectors checking onion farms in Mexico

First Hepatitis A Lawsuit Filed Against Suppliers of Tainted Onions

Produce problems make FDA look weak

Chi-Chi's becomes tougher sell

A polite but firm guardian

She stays fit, keeps eye on outbreak

Long, anxious wait follows post-wedding family dinner

No slowdown, no changes at border

From the fields of Mexico to Western Pennsylvania

Transplant teams take things one day at a time

Hepatitis was the furthest thing from their minds

Hepatitis waning, but costs continue to climb

In Mexico's onion fields, the work goes on

'Smoking gun' in outbreak will be hard to find

Grower fears devastation unless source of virus found

County cuts price of immunization shots for hepatitis A

Mexico closes 4 green onion exporters

Hepatitis outbreak: Viruses can slip across Mexican border

Hepatitis outbreak a sobering reminder of vulnerability

Outbreak: FDA Findings Do Not Let Chi-Chi’s “Off the Hook,” Attorney Says

Victims' Attorney Asks Chi Chi's For Names Of Suppliers

Food-Borne Illness From Produce on the Rise

Dirty Rotten Scallions

Report: Outbreaks, Georgia And N.C. Hepatitis A Strains Linked

Chi-Chi's Exec Calls Restaurants Safe

Mexico closes four onion export companies as a precaution after U.S. hepatitis outbreak

Chi-Chi's litigation hinges on company's insurance

Toll of hepatitis A outbreak climbing

Onions Blamed For Deadly Virus

FDA stops green onions from 3 Mexican suppliers

Chi-Chi's asks bankruptcy court for permission to pay hepatitis victims

Hepatitis A Cases Up to 540

Hepatitis outbreak in Beaver County running out of gas

U.S. Bars Mexican Onions Due to Hepatitis a Outbreak

Investigation lets Chi-Chi's staff off hook

Outbreak: Chi-Chi's should have seen it coming and heeded warning signs, attorney says

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to imported food

Hepatitis news affecting Beaver County residents in different ways

Attorney for hepatitis victims cautions against assuming green onions are source of hepatitis outbreak

Hepatitis cause eludes officials

Community Is Reeling From Hepatitis Outbreak

Hepatitis probe following pattern

Pa. Hepatitis A Outbreak Kills 3rd Victim

Second death in hepatitis outbreak

Beaver County hepatitis probe changes focus

Two more lawsuits filed against Chi Chi’s in Hepatitis Case

How hepatitis A was spread remains a mystery in Beaver County

Hepatitis outbreak reaches 300 cases

Attorney for Hepatitis Victims Responds to Chi Chi's Press Conference Announcement

240 cases of hepatitis listed in Beaver

Hepatitis outbreak claims first fatality

Lawsuit filed against Chi Chi’s on behalf of hepatitis-A victims

Hepatitis outbreak in Beaver County reaches 130

Thousands at risk of hepatitis A

Attorneys Call for Mandatory Hepatitis-A Vaccinations for all Foodservice Workers

PA Health Department Issues Hepatitis A Advisory For Patrons of Beaver Co. Restaurant

 

Chili's Salmonella Litigation - Illinois

Nearly 50 people represented by Marler Clark received substantial settlements after contracting salmonella poisoning at Chili’s Grill and Bar in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, north of Chicago, Illinois.

More than 300 patrons and restaurant employees suffered stomach pains and other symptoms after eating at the restaurant in late June of 2003. Health authorities reported that the restaurant continued to operate even after a dishwashing sanitizer broke down and the kitchen lost its fresh water supply.

County officials called it the worst salmonella outbreak in nearly 20 years. Among those sickened were 29 restaurant workers, and authorities blamed the outbreak on poor sanitation, including the lack of safe water for hand-washing.

How safe are your favorite restaurants?

Chili's lawsuit settled

Marler Clark announces settlement of 49 Chili’s Salmonella Claims

Brinker settles Chili's salmonella cases

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Chili’s; Punitive Damages Sought

Two new Salmonella lawsuits filed against Chili’s

Brinker faces 2 more lawsuits

Chili's Grille in Vernon Hills closes suddenly

Marler Clark files fourth lawsuit against Chili’s on behalf of a man alleging permanent injuries as a result of his salmonella infection

Judge allows punitive-damage claims in Chili's case

Punitive Damages Claim Added to Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

Third Food-Poisoning lawsuit filed against Chili's

Final Report: Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Linked to “Poor Judgment”

Chili's outbreak traced

Court fight looms over salmonella outbreak

Second food-poisoning victim sues Chili's in fed court

Second Salmonella lawsuit filed against Chili’s by Marler Clark

County seeks money from Chili's

Salmonella outbreak called worst since '85

First Salmonella lawsuit filed against Chili’s

Officials verify 43 cases of salmonella poisoning

Chili's still closed as salmonella cases grow

Lack of hand-washing leads to Salmonella outbreak

 

China Buffet E. coli Litigation - Minnesota

Marler Clark represented Iva Hayes, a woman who became severely ill with an E. coli infection after eating at a China Buffet restaurant in Alexandria, Minnesota. She suffered from Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), and was hospitalized for months.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against China Buffet

 

City of Seattle: Terlicker v. Pang and the City of Seattle - Washington

Bill Marler sued Martin Pant and the City of Seattle on behalf of the family of Randall Terlicker, one of four firefighters killed in the 1995 Pang warehouse blaze. The lawsuit that was filed alleged that the death of Randall, who was 35, was partly due to poor training, which resulted in unsafe conditions.

The Fire Department, which settled the Terlicker family’s claim out of court, was sharply criticized for failing to have in place a series of operational procedures that may have prevented the death of Randall and the other three firefighters.

Pang was sentenced to 35 years in prison for setting a fire in his warehouse that killed four Seattle firefighters.

Firefighter's Family Settles Suit with City

Terlickers Settle for $450,000 -- Family Makes Safety Training Part of the Pang Deal

 

ConAgra E. coli Litigation - Multi-state Outbreak

In the early summer of 2002, hospitals saw a sudden increase of patients, most young children, with acute food poisoning – illnesses that eventually were diagnosed as E. coli O157:H7. The E. coli outbreak sickened people across the Midwest, in cities and towns ranging from Colorado and South Dakota to Missouri and Ohio. In late June, the E. coli was traced to ground beef from a sprawling ConAgra meat-packing plant in Greeley Colorado, a short drive north of Denver. That disclosure eventually led to the recall of 18 million pounds of ConAgra ground beef, the largest such recall in history.

Marler Clark represented most of the victims of the outbreak, which led to at least 46 illnesses and one death. Among the victims were an Ohio childcare worker, a Colorado security officer who was battling forest firefighters, and young children in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. Several of them were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney disease caused by E. coli O157:H7.

What She Ate Almost Killed Her

2002 meat recall exposed perilous gaps in safety net

ConAgra settles with 6 more on E. coli: Three Coloradans, Ohio fatality included

ConAgra settles 8 Suits by E. coli beef victims

Letter: ConAgra knew of E. coli

Use of DNA Fingerprinting Helps Track Tainted Meat

Illnesses from beef could cost ConAgra $50 million, lawyer says

Federal regulators close Greeley plant

Victims seek up to $50 mln in ConAgra meat case

ConAgra set for mediation over illnesses from E. coli

E. coli cases lead to recall of 19 million pounds of beef

E. coli victims recovering after eating tainted meat

USDA reviews regulations for meat safety

ConAgra E. coli cases up to 25: More tested for link to recalled beef

3 more confirmed E. coli cases in Colorado

Tainted meat came from Greeley plant

Timing of meat recall assailed

Food Safety Advocate Demands Reform of Inspection and Meat Recall system

6 more cases investigated as E. coli

Fear halts meat buys

E. coli ills extend to other states

 

ConAgra Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Litigation - Nationwide

The CDC and state and local health departments are advising consumers who are no longer ill with a diarrheal illness after eating potentially contaminated Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter to throw the product away; however, if you have contacted Marler Clark and we are pursuing a legal claim on your behalf, we advise you to save your jar. Keep it in a plastic bag, in a temperature-controlled place (like the refrigerator), and after we have received your paperwork in the mail, we will contact you with information about where to send your jar to have it tested for the presence of Salmonella. PLEASE DO NOT SEND LEFT OVER PEANUT BUTTER TO MARLER CLARK.

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against ConAgra, the manufacturer of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that was traced as the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak, on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all individuals who became ill with symptoms of Salmonella infections, but were not hospitalized as a result of their infections, and who have strong evidence of consumption of Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter and a resulting Salmonella infection. The class action lawsuit follows on the heels of two lawsuits Marler Clark filed on Friday, February 16, 2007.

Marler Clark will pursue individual claims on behalf of all individuals who were hospitalized as a result of their Salmonella infections. In addition, Marler Clark will pursue individual claims on behalf of the families of people who died as a result of their Salmonella infections.

On February 14, 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that there had been 290 cases of Salmonella infection in 39 states that were linked to the consumption of Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter that was manufactured in ConAgra's Georgia peanut butter plant. Any Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 was recalled in response to the outbreak investigation.

Peanut butter manufacturer sued by Missouri family

Second lawsuit filed by victims of national Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter


Corky and Lenny's Salmonella Outbreak Litigation - Ohio

A Cuyahoga County Health Department investigation revealed that twenty-one customers who had eaten at Corky & Lenny’s Restaurant in Woodmere, near Cleveland, Ohio, between January 29 and February 10, 2006, were hospitalized with Salmonella infections. At least twenty individuals were confirmed ill with Salmonellosis, and 61 probable cases were reported to the health department. Corky & Lenny’s closed on February 10th, and reopened on February 17th, after it had been deemed safe by the health department.

Marler Clark filed suit on behalf of a Cleveland-area woman who contracted Salmonella after consuming food from Corky and Lenny’s. The firm represents twelve patrons of the restaurant, most of which were hospitalized as a result of their Salmonella infections.

Corky & Lenny's deli reopens after outbreak

Salmonella cases temporarily close Corky & Lenny’s

Victim of Corky & Lenny’s Salmonella outbreak files suit

Nationally recognized food safety law firm representing victims of Cleveland-area Salmonella outbreak

41 Probable Salmonella Cases Linked To Local Restaurant

About-Salmonella website is resource for victims of Cleveland-area outbreak

Popular deli linked to salmonella cases

 

Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo E. coli O157:H7 Litigation - North Carolina

In October, 2004, approximately 106 people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after visiting the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. The outbreak was the largest in North Carolina state history, and several children suffered Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome secondary to E. coli infection.

The North Carolina Department of Health confirmed 33 case-patients to be ill with a strain of E. coli O157:H7 genetically indistinguishable from nineteen of thirty environmental specimens from the Crossroads Farm Petting zoo at the fairgrounds.

Lawsuit filed against Crossroads Farm on behalf of four E. coli victims

State Ends Probe on E. coli

Child's play spreads E. coli

E. coli infects 31 in N.C.; other tests pending

E. coli cases keep increasing

State: E. coli likely from fair animals

E. coli and the Fair

E. coli suspected in 27 cases

 

Cub Foods

See Supervalu E. coli Litigation

 

D'Angelo’s Hepatitis A Litigation - Massachusetts

On November 20, 2002, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was notified of seven confirmed hepatitis A cases in the area. All local boards of health were notified, and an investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak linked to two D’Angelo’s Delis began. Ultimately, the investigation yielded a total of 53 cases meeting the outbreak case definition.

Two of the confirmed cases were food workers employed at Rudy’s Country Store. Both employees had eaten at the Swansea D’Angelo’s three to four weeks prior to the onset of their respective symptoms. Both of the Rudy’s employees who tested positive had contact with food served to customers.

Approximately 1600 persons obtained Immune Globulin shots to prevent hepatitis A infection. No hepatitis A cases were linked to the consumption of food sold at Rudy’s.

Lawyers give something back

Attorneys’ Fees Donated to Local High School for Scholarships

Judge OKs settlement for hepatitis exposure

Final report names D'Angelo as main source of hepatitis A.

Class action lawsuit filed in Hepatitis A Outbreak

FALL RIVER -- A local woman has filed suit against D'Angelo Sandwich Shops Inc. after contracting hepatitis A from eating at its Route 6, Swansea location.

 

Dee Creek Farms E. coli Litigation - Washington and Oregon

In December, 2005, raw milk produced at Dee Creek Farm as part of a cow share program was pinpointed as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened at least 18 people. Over a dozen children were hospitalized with E. coli infections after drinking the unpasteurized milk.

Two families hurt by E. coli hire lawyers

Officials suspect 2 new cases of E. coli

E. coli found in farm's raw milk

Legality of ‘cow sharing’ examined

Milk consumers notified of E. coli outbreak

Dairy operators question whether raw milk was source of E. coli

E-coli outbreak linked to milk sickens 6 Clark Co. kids

Two children hospitalized in Clark County E. coli outbreak

 

Dole and Natural Selections Spinach E. coli Outbreak - Nationwide

(see below for Dole Lettuce E. coli Outbreak information)

On September 14, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a nationwide E. coli O157:H7outbreak had been associated with the consumption of baby spinach. Multiple spinach recalls ensued, and on September 19, 2006, FDA announced that all spinach implicated in the outbreak had been traced back to Natural Selection Foods LLC of San Juan Bautista, California, a company located in the Salinas Valley.

As of October 12, 2006, FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed 204 E. coli illnesses associated with the outbreak, including thirty-one cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, 104 hospitalizations, and three deaths. Victims of the E. coli outbreak were identified in 26 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Wisconsin was the state hardest-hit in the outbreak, with 49 confirmed cases of E. coli. Canada reported one confirmed case.

A joint traceback by FDA and the State of California revealed that four spinach fields were the possible source of the E. coli contamination. The outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from cattle fields nearby the implicated spinach fields, as well as from a wild boar that was killed in one of the fields. The investigation into how the outbreak originated is ongoing.

Marler Clark represents 93 victims of the E. coli outbreak, and has filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals from Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, New York, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Dole sued by Oregon E. coli victim

Second lawsuit filed by victims of E. coli outbreak traced to spinach

Utah child sues California spinach producer and manufacturer over E. coli illness

Seattle firm hires New York lawyers for spinach E. coli cases

E. coli Attorney Calls on Spinach Industry to Pay Victims’ Medical Bills

Family of Nebraska spinach E. coli victim files suit

Deadly E. Coli outbreak causes illness across the U.S. – FDA warns not to eat bagged spinach

Spinach may be behind E. coli outbreak, U.S. agency warns

Salem woman wasn’t expected to live

Dole caught up in fears of E. coli spread

Couple fear for daughter's health: Their son was sickened in E. coli outbreak

Bagged Produce May Not Be Worth Convenience

Couple files lawsuit after two children sickened with E. coli

Pittsford woman files E. coli lawsuit

Seattle Attorney Dominates Food-Borne Illness Litigation

Talking with William Marler, Seattle attorney

Spinach suits have familiar taste to Dole

Third spinach death verified

Lawsuit filed in E. coli death of Md. woman

E. coli aftermath: Where is the accountability?

Dole Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Litigation - Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon

In September, 2005, the Minnesota Department of Health warned consumers not to eat Dole-brand prepackaged lettuce products sold at stores throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area because the lettuce had been traced as the source of an E. coli outbreak that had sickened 23 consumers.

Marler Clark filed lawsuits on behalf of Minnesota and Oregon residents who became ill with E. coli infections after eating the Dole-brand lettuce, including an eleven-year-old girl who was hospitalized for over a month with hemolytic uremic syndrome secondary to her E. coli infection.

Dole settles E. coli lawsuits

Marler Clark files fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole

Marler Clark files third E. coli lawsuit against Dole

E. coli attorney calls on Dole to pay victims' medical bills and lost wages

E. coli Lettuce Suit Filed Against Dole

Bagged "Pre-washed" Lettuce; Is Convenience Worth the Risk?

Lab Tests Confirm E. coli in Bags of Salad

E. coli alert for Dole salads

E. coli outbreak raises questions about bagged salad

Pre-packaged lettuce linked to E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Minnesota

 

Emmpak E. coli Litigation - Wisconsin

On September 5, 2002, a statewide notice was issued to local health departments, and regional offices of the Wisconsin Department Public Health, reporting a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses, and announcing the initiation of a case-control study. This was the first in a series of events and investigations that would ultimately result in the recall of 2.8 million pounds of Emmpak-manufactured ground beef that was suspected of being adulterated with E. coli O157:H7.

One Emmpak plant was closed for what was deemed by the USDA-FSIS to be inadequate sampling and testing procedures.

In all, 57 people were sickened by the consumption of adulterated ground beef, 35 of them in Wisconsin.

Woman hospitalized with E. coli sues Emmpak

USA: Lawsuit filed against Emmpak, Cargill as burger is linked to E. coli outbreak

Lawsuit filed against Emmpak, Cargill

Food Safety Attorneys Call on Emmpak to Release Test Results

Lightning Strikes Emmpak and Excel again - and again

 

Evergreen Rehabilitation Center Nursing Home Abuse Litigation - Washington

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Evergreen Milton-Freewater Rehabilitation Center on behalf of the estate of Naomi White, an elderly resident who suffered debilitating injuries while in the care of the rehabilitation center in 2004.

Both of Ms. White’s legs were fractured when an employee who was transferring her from her bed to a chair dropped her. The employee was either unaware of, or disregarded, instructions to use a mechanical lift during transfers. Following the fall, that employee did not seek medical attention for Ms. White, but instead placed Ms. White back in her bed. Evergreen employees did not seek medical attention for a number of days. Ms White was transferred to Walla Walla General Hospital, where she was diagnosed with bilateral leg fractures.

Ms. White passed away while undergoing rehabilitation for her earlier injuries.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Milton-Freewater Rehabilitation Center

 

Excel E. coli Litigation - Georgia

Marler Clark represented the family of a 12-year-old Norcross, Georgia, boy, who was infected with a strain of E. coli bacteria after eating a tainted hamburger, in litigation against Excel Corp. meatpacking company in 2001.

Alexander White became sick and was hospitalized for four days after eating a hamburger made from meat purchased at a Sam's Club store in Duluth. Three other Georgia children also became ill with the same strain of E. coli after eating contaminated meat produced by Excel.

After the illnesses were discovered, Excel recalled 190,811 pounds of ground beef and ground pork it supplied to Kroger supermarkets in the Southeast.

Norcross family sues Excel over meat tainted by E. coli

E. coli Lawsuit filed against Excel Corporation on behalf of injured child

 

See also Sizzler E. coli Litigation or Emmpak E. coli Litigation

 

Filiberto's Shigella Outbreak - California

On September 1, 2006, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (SDHHS) and the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health announced that they were working together to investigate an apparent Shigella outbreak among customers who had eaten at the University Avenue Filiberto’s. The restaurant was closed on August 31, and according to a news release issued by SDHHS , at least ten people had become ill with apparent Shigella infections after eating at Filiberto’s in late August, three of whom were hospitalized.

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Against San Diego Restaurant

 

Finley School District E. coli Litigation - Washington

In 2001, Marler Clark won a record $4.6 million judgment on behalf of 11 children sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in undercooked taco meat served at a school lunch at Finley Elementary School in southeast Washington State. The jury award was subsequently upheld, and the state Supreme Court declined to review that decision.

A jury agreed with state Health Department investigators who concluded that the E. coli infections came from hamburger meat that had been frozen, then inadequately thawed and cooked for the school lunches. Most of the award went to a young girl, then just 2 years old, who didn’t eat the meal but was later infected by one of the older victims. The youngster underwent kidney dialysis and is expected to have lifelong aftereffects from the E. coli toxins.

Marler Clark also reached an out-of-court settlement with Northern States Beef, the company that provided the raw meat to the school district.

Victims of E. coli in Finley to finally receive payment

Marler Clark Heralds Washington Supreme Court Decision Upholding $4.6 Million Jury Award to School Kids Sickened in 1998 E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

E. coli award against Finley Upheld

Washington Supreme Court Decision Upholds $4.6 Million Jury Award to School Kids Sickened in 1998 E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Arguments heard in Finley school's E. coli case appeal

High court won't hear E. coli case

THE INSIDE STORY: How 11 Schoolkids Got $4.75 Million in E. Coli Lawsuit

$4.75 million awarded in E. coli case

Jury Returns Verdict in Finley E. coli Trial

Meat supplier settles with sickened kids' families

School Lunches Causing Illness

Lawsuit Filed by Children Poisoned by E. coli in School Lunch

Suit Expected in E. coli Case

State Investigators Decide Meat Cause of E. coli in Finley

A.J. is Wired and Waiting to Go Home

Town Pulls Together as Answers Sought to Finley E. coli Outbreak

Health Officials Hope No New E. coli Cases Appear

No New E. coli Cases Reported

9th Case of E. coli Confirmed in Finley Child

More Finley E. coli Cases Suspected

E. coli Poisoning a Drag For Finley Students

At least 3 Finley Students Infected with Dangerous E. coli

 

Flamingo Hotel Norovirus Litigation - Las Vegas, Nevada

More than 1,200 guests and employees were sickened by an outbreak of Norovirus at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel in October, 2004. Marler Clark represents more than 100 of those people in a class action lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment, owners of the Flamingo.

Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus, is the second most common virus reported in the U.S., after the common cold. It is believed to affect 23 million people each year. But it can be prevented with simple, commonly-known sanitation – especially hand-washing by food-handlers.

Attorneys offer Norovirus information on Web

Norovirus strikes guests, workers

Clark County HD Press Release on Norovirus at Flamingo (PDF)

Class Action Lawsuit filed against Caesars Entertainment over Norovirus outbreak

Flamingo guests find Norovirus isn't funny

 

Friendly's Hepatitis A Litigation - Massachusetts

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of customers and employees of a Boston-area restaurant who were exposed to the dangerous hepatitis A virus in June, 2004.

Health officials estimate that more than 3,800 people were at risk after dining at Friendly’s Restaurant in Arlington, west of Boston. In mid-June, more than 3,000 of those people lined up at an area clinic to receive immune globulin (“lg”) shots. Many were initially turned away and had to return later.

Hepatitis A is spread as a result of fecal contamination, often by food handlers. Officials sounded the alarm after a food handler at Friendly’s was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Friendly's in lawsuit over hepatitis A scare

Friendly's faces pro at illness lawsuits

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Friendly's

Hepatitis inoculations get much more Friendly

Hepatitis A advisory issued

Hepatitis clinic draws crowds: 3,000 people wait for hours

Restaurant Closed After Hepatitis A Diagnosed

 

Gate Gourmet Shigella Litigation - Multi-State Outbreak

The Hawaii Department of Health investigated a Shigella outbreak that effected as many as several hundred passengers on twelve flights that departed from Honolulu airport August 22 through August 24, 2004.

Passengers traveling to Australia, Japan, and American Samoa as well as 22 US states were confirmed by laboratory testing as having a genetically identical strain of Shigella. All passengers had traveled on flights with meals catered by Gate Gourmet's Honolulu location.

Marler Clark represents over a dozen people in litigation against Gate Gourmet.

More plaintiffs seek punitive damages in lawsuit against airline caterer

Florida man seeks damages against isle airline caterer

Airline caterer hit with lawsuit

Shigella lawsuit filed against airline caterer

FDA warns airline food supplier over filth

Shigella From Catering Company

 

Gateway Cold Storage Ammonia Poisoning Litigation - Illinois

Marler Clark represented 35 students and teachers who suffered food poisoning from ammonia-tainted chicken in a Joliet, Illinois, school lunch in 2002.

Hundreds of children and teachers ate the lunch of chicken tenders which were contaminated with ammonia up to 133 times the level considered acceptable. Investigators learned that the chicken had been contaminated by an ammonia leak at Gateway Cold Storage in St. Louis, Missouri. Once discovered, the plant planned to throw out the tainted food, but hundreds of cases of chicken were fumigated and repackaged and shipped to schools.

In a rare criminal follow-up, state authorities indicted two Illinois Board of Education members and an operations manager at a food distribution warehouse.

Laraway School Ammonia Poisoning (video)
An ammonia leak at a USDA storage facility led to a rash of illnesses at Laraway Elementary School in Juliet, outside Chicago, Illinois. (34,609 kb)

Warehouse manager admits sending school bad chicken

Felony counts filed over tainted lunch

FOLLOW UP: School Lunch Secrets

School Lunch Secrets

Unit 5 Investigation: The School Lunch Secret

Company is indicted over meat

Lawyers for Food Poisoning Victims Sue USDA for Withholding Documents

Suit: USDA withholding info

Tainted food and bad decisions

Food safety plans failed state schools

2 indicted over food poisoning at school

Suit filed over tainted chicken tenders

Suit filed in tainted school lunch incident

School Lunch - Safe?

Food Poisoning Legal Team Joins Fight for Laraway School Victims

 

Gold Coast Produce and Family Tree Produce Packaged Lettuce / Pat & Oscar's E. coli Litigation - California

Marler Clark represented many of the dozens of consumers sickened by potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7 poisoning after eating pre-packaged lettuce served at Pat & Oscar’s, a Southern California restaurant chain, and in school lunches, in October, 2003.

Most of the victims were young children who ate salads at Pat & Oscar’s restaurants in San Diego and Orange Counties. State officials traced the E. coli to lettuce grown by Gold Coast, of Oxnard, CA, and distributed by F.T. Produce Inc. of Anaheim.

A Carlsbad High School student was hospitalized twice after contracting hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure.

E. coli victims settling claims

E. coli info slow to emerge

Local produce linked to E. coli outbreaks

Another E. coli victim files suit

Marler Clark files second E. coli lawsuit

E. coli Lawsuit Filed

Two more Pat & Oscar's added to list as possible E. coli sites

Two school districts in county got tainted lettuce, officials say

Food Safety Advocates Speak Out about E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

E. coli traced to Pat & Oscar's

E. coli attorney calls on FDA to increase funding to make produce safe

County looking into E. coli cases

 

Golden Corral E. coli O157:H7 Litigation - Nebraska

In 1999, a Golden Corral restaurant in central Nebraska was the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened nearly 80 people. The outbreak was linked to contaminated lettuce served at the restaurant.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Sold for Immediate Consumption Should Be Irradiated, Says Attorney for E. coli Victims

Attorney Wants Officials to Trace E. coli to Source

E. coli Lawsuit Filed

Kearney Restaurant Faces E. Coli Lawsuit

Lawsuit Filed Today Against Golden Corral Restaurant

 

Golden Corral Salmonella Outbreak - Georgia

A four-year-old girl and her grandmother were among at least 23 people stricken with salmonella poisoning traced by state health authorities to the Golden Corral buffet restaurant in the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, Georgia , in the summer of 2003.

Marler Clark represented several of the victims of the outbreak, which was probably caused by an infected food handler. The restaurant was closed for several days while health inspectors searched for the source. Salmonella bacteria was found in the floor drain.

Cobb lawsuit filed over salmonella

Restaurant sued after salmonella outbreak

Outbreak victims file lawsuit against Golden Corral

Restaurant reopens after salmonella cases

Eatery tested for salmonella

Victims of Salmonella poisoning deserve compensation

Kennesaw restaurant closed for salmonella

Officials Probe Salmonella Outbreak

 

Habaneros E. coli Outbreak - Missouri

A 20-year-old St. Louis woman nearly died from E. coli O157:H7 poisoning contracted after eating a $5 burrito at Habaneros, a once-popular Mexican restaurant at the St. Clair Square Mall in the St. Louis suburb of Fairview Heights.

Marler Clark represented five individuals who became ill with infection in E. coli litigation against Habaneros. Four of the cases were filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, but all settled in August, 2004 without going to trial.

Seattle attorney is representing 5 of 6 victims in E. coli outbreak

E. coli strikes like lightning

E. coli Patient Talks About Near-Death Experience

Swansea boy was hospitalized for 6 days with E. coli

Contaminated food has led to problems

E-Coli Case Linked to St. Clair Square

E. coli outbreak linked to mall restaurant

Restaurant closes over E. coli case

 

High v. Hagen

Marler Clark represented the family of Walter High, a man who was killed in a hit and run accident in King County, Washington, in a civil lawsuit against the man who was driving the car.

Civil Suit Filed Against Man Accused of Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run

Hit & Run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

'He Needs To Be Put In Jail For Life'

Driver Charged with Dragging Victim Lodged in Windshield

Driver drove with man in windshield, police say

 

Harmony Farms Salmonella Litigation - Washington and Oregon

Marler Clark represented several victims of the outbreak of Salmonella that was traced to alfalfa sprouts produced by Harmony Farms, of Auburn, Washington. The sprouts were blamed for back-to-back outbreaks of Salmonella poisoning that sickened at least 16 people in Oregon and Washington in 2003.

As a result, state health authorities ordered a recall of the alfalfa sprouts, which had been distributed to wholesalers, stores and restaurants throughout the West Coast. Even after Harmony Farms changed its procedures, there was a second outbreak later in the year that sickened more people and led to another state recall.

Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Sprout Case

Salmonella Outbreak Could have been Prevented

Sprouts recalled due to possible health risk

Food Safety Attorney Calls on FDA to Require Sprout Labeling

 

Houlihan's Hepatitis A Exposure Litigation - Illinois

On January 19, 2007, a food worker at Houlihan’s restaurant in Geneva, Illinois, was diagnosed with a hepatitis A infection. Kane County health officials inspected the restaurant that afternoon, and warned all patrons who had eaten at the restaurant between January 8 and January 19, when the employee was infectious, of their potential exposure to the hepatitis A virus. In particular, customers who had ordered and consumed iced drinks were at risk for becoming ill with hepatitis A.

The Kane County Health Department planned clinics at two locations in Aurora, Illinois, between January 21, 2007 and February 2, 2007 so that patrons who had been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at Houlihan’s could receive free injections of Immune globulin, which can prevent, or lessen the effects of, hepatitis A infection.

Marler Clark will file a hepatitis A class action lawsuit against Houlihan's on January 26, 2007.

Class Action Lawsuit to be Filed against Houlihan’s Friday

 

 

Jack in the Box E. coli Litigation - Washington

More than 600 people were sickened, and four children died, following a 1993 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that was blamed on undercooked hamburgers purchased from Jack in the Box restaurants in Washington and other Western states.

The outbreak was traced to ground beef from wholesaler Von Companies of California, and sold by Jack in the Box franchises across the West. Documents from Foodmaker, the San Diego-based parent company, showed that the company had been warned by local health departments and by their own employees that they were undercooking their hamburgers. But the company had decided that cooking beef to the Washington State standard of 155 degrees made the meat too tough.

Lawyers now at Marler Clark handled most of the litigation, which resulted in individual and class-action settlements totaling more than $50 million – the largest payments ever involving food-borne illness. The sickest victims were mostly younger children, including four who eventually died. A nine-year-old Seattle girl, who recovered after being in a coma for 42 days, won a $15.6 million settlement from the company.

Jack in the Box Settlement Announcement (video)
Press conference announcing the settlement of Brianne Kiner's $15,600,000 settlement with Jack in the Box. (1,649 kb)

Looking Forward to the Future (video)
KIRO 7's follow-up story on 19-year-old Brianne Kiner and her recovery after eating an E-Coli contaminated hamburger at a Jack in the Box restaurant, ten years ago. (1,860 kb)

Poster child for a safer meat industry

Southern California Spotlight; Foodmaker Inc. Isn't Clowning Around

Aftermath of a Miracle

Jack in the Box Ends E. Coli Suits

Parents of E. coli Victim Plan Charity

E. coli Miracle Girl's New Hurdle-Surgery

Jack In The Box Ignored Safety Rules

Victim of Tainted Burger Gets $ 15.6 Million in Suit

Settlement in Food Poisoning

E. coli Settlement Will Top $40 Million

$15.6 Million Settlement OK'd in Hamburger Case

E. coli Update

 

Karl Ehmer Meats E. coli Litigation

A 20-month-old New Jersey boy died of E. coli poisoning in August, 2000, ten days after eating barbecued ground beef purchased at Karl Ehmer Meats in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey. Marler Clark represented the family, who were also sickened by the outbreak, but recovered.

The butcher shop, part of an East Coast chain, recalled its ground beef after health officials tested frozen hamburger in the family’s freezer and traced the meat to the local shop.

Recall, stricter safety rules pinch US beef industry

Boy’s parents sue butcher over his death

Parents sue over E. coli death

E. coli Death Suit Filed Against Karl Ehmer Meats

 

Kentucky Fried Chicken E. coli Litigation - Ohio

E. coli-contaminated coleslaw was determined to be the source of an outbreak that sickened twelve people near Cincinnati. Marler Clark represented a woman who spent over a month in the hospital.

Woman Sickened by Food Files Suit

Lawsuit Filed by Woman Sickened in Second E. coli Outbreak linked to KFC

 

KFC Salmonella litigation - Colorado

Marler Clark represented two small children who contracted Salmonella from “popcorn chicken” at a Colorado KFC restaurant in January of 2002. Health authorities identified two areas in the restaurant kitchen where cross-contamination could have occurred.

Dirty Dining?

Erie couple is suing KFC; Lawsuit says salmonella infected kids

Lawsuit Filed against KFC after Children become Ill with Salmonella Poisoning

 

Kid's Korner Daycare E. coli Litigation

As many as 26 children were sickened, several of them critically, by an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Kid’s Korner Day Care Center in Joplin, in southwest Missouri in 2004. Marler Clark represents the family of a two-year-old who suffered kidney failure from hemolytic uremic syndrome, or “HUS.”

Investigators traced the outbreak to the daycare center after several cases of E. coli poisoning were reported in the Joplin area.

The two-year-old toddler was hospitalized for nearly three weeks, including a full week of kidney dialysis, seven blood transfusions and three surgeries.

Parents sue Joplin day care

E. coli lawsuit filed against Joplin daycare

Officials can't find E. coli link

E. coli outbreak over, say officials

 

Kindercare E. coli Litigation - California

In August of 2000, the Kindercare facility located on Lexington Drive in Folsom, California, was traced as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Health department officials who investigated the outbreak determined that the probable “index case” – a child who unknowingly brought the bacteria into the facility – experienced “explosive diarrhea at the daycare on the afternoon of 8-3-00.”

Shortly thereafter, four other children became infected with E. coli O157:H7 on successive days, the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of August, 2000. All of the children were in the same day care group. In addition to the illnesses of the children, the mother of one child, and another child’s sibling became ill and tested positive for E. coli. Another toddler also became ill.

According to the Facility Evaluation Report by the Department of Social Services dated November 7, 2000, “[t]he cause of the [E. coli O157:H7] outbreak [at the Lexington Drive Kindercare] was due to a sponge being used simultaneously for wiping down a changing table and wiping down a table used for serving meals.”

Marler Clark represented the families of children who became ill with E. coli as part of the Kindercare outbreak in litigation against Kindercare.

 

King County: Louth v. King County Workplace Injury Litigation - Washington

In August, 1994, William Louth and Jorge Turincio were beginning the fifth straight day of a 12-hour, late-night shift repairing loose tiles on the Kingdome ceiling when a crane bucket lifting them inside the Kingdome hit the ceiling. Louth and Turincio plunged 250 feet to the Kingdome floor. Both men died.

Bill Marler represented the family of William Louth in a wrongful death action against two contractors charged with the negligent death of Mr. Louth. A lawsuit was brought in US Federal District Court against Ness Crane Service Inc. and Pacific Components Inc. The suit alleged that Ness Crane, the crane operator, and Pacific Components, the general contractor, failed to comply with safety regulations.

Pacific Components was fined $10,450 and Ness Crane $16,300 for violations found during a subsequent investigation by the state Department of Labor & Industries. Long Painting Co., the men's employer, was fined $12,290. Each company has appealed the citation.

Contractors Settle With Families Over Kingdome Crane Accident

Kingdome Death Suit Is Settled

Kingdome Crane Firms Face Fines -- State Cites Safety Violations At Site

Kingdome Report Faults Safety Rules -- Worker Deaths Were `Accident Waiting To Happen'

 

King Garden E. coli Litigation - Ohio

Marler Clark represented three Ohio families devastated in 2002 by an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 traced to the King Garden restaurant in Wooster, Ohio. At least 11 people, most of them young children, were seriously sickened by the contaminated food – probably Jell-O that had been stored in a refrigerator directly beneath contaminated meat.

The young victims suffered long periods of bloody diarrhea, cramps, stomach pains and more. One child suffered kidney failure.

Health officials said the restaurant had a long-standing problem with sanitation, including improper hand washing, lack of hot water at the hand-washing sink, failure to use hair restraints, meats and vegetables stored in uncovered containers, failure to clean knives and other utensils, rodent droppings and more.

More E. coli lawsuits

More Families File Lawsuits over E. coli Poisoning

Family sues restaurant over illness

E. coli suit against restaurant

E. coli Suit Filed Against King Garden Buffet

 

Kunick Cantaloupe Salmonella Litigation - Washington and Oregon

Marler Clark represented an 84-year-old Goldendale, WA, man who spent 18 days in the hospital in 2002 after being poisoned by Salmonella in a cantaloupe grown in Mexico and distributed by Kunick Company of Texas.

The Salmonella outbreak sickened dozens of people in Western states and led to the recall of more than a quarter million cantaloupes. The melons were sold by Safeway and other stores and restaurants.

Cantaloupes have been increasingly associated with Salmonella outbreaks affecting consumers across the country. In 2001, a similar outbreak sickened people in 14 states from California and Washington to New York and Georgia.

Lawsuit filed over tainted cantaloupes

 

Lane County Fair E. coli Litigation – Oregon

Marler Clark represented many of the victims of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Lane County Fair in Eugene, Oregon, in the summer of 2002. Of the 82 victims, nearly two-thirds were children younger than age six. Many of them had not directly touched any animals.

In Eugene, health investigators established a genetic link between the E. coli among the victims and the barnyard animals at the fair. Officials identified E. coli bacteria on or near air circulation ducts, leading them to believe the toxins were spread through the air.

The Lane County outbreak was one of the worst of recent E. coli outbreaks linked to rural county fairs and petting zoos around the country. Since the outbreak, Lane County and many other fairs have installed hand-washing stations and signs warning fairgoers to wash their hands thoroughly after touching animals.

E. coli study shows dangers at fairs

USDA study shows E. coli O157:H7 common at Fairs in United States

E. coli lawsuit filed against Lane County Fair Board

Families ready E. coli lawsuits

New rules designed to prevent E. coli cases

E. coli Breakout Could Reach Courts

E. Coli outbreak spawns probable lawsuit

Fair officials weigh preventive measures

Tests suggest E. coli spread through air

Fair faces possible E. coli suit

Taking care at the fair

Probe ties E. coli to sheep, goat barns

Family hanging on lab results

More E. coli cases from county fair

E. coli Attorney Calls for Increased Precautions at Fairs

Fairgoer E. coli cases on rise

 

Linh's Bakery Salmonella Litigation - California

As many as 250 people reported getting sick in the outbreak that happened around the weekend of April 7 and that health officials blame on salmonella contamination from a sandwich spread made with raw eggs.

Henrico County health officials pulled Linh's food-service permit after dozens of people filled hospital emergency rooms the weekend of April 7 complaining of diarrhea, chills, nausea and stomach pains. At least 25 people were hospitalized in the outbreak.

Family sues eatery over salmonella

Family Sues Eatery Over Salmonella

Lawsuit filed in Linh’s Bakery food poisoning case.

Linh's Lawsuit

Lawsuit seeks damages for Salmonella victims

 

Malt-O-Meal Salmonella Litigation - Multistate

In 1998, Malt-O-Meal on recalled as much as 3 million pounds of its plain toasted oat cereal after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that it was the likely source of Salmonella food poisoning. At least 17 Washington state children became ill with Salmonella infections, and litigation resulted.

Malt O Meal Salmonella outbreak (video)
Learn more about the Malt-O-Meal Toasty Oats Cereal salmonella class action lawsuit. (1,993 kb)

Malt-O-Meal Wants Suit Moved to Federal Court

Parents Sue Cereal Maker Over Children’s Illness

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Today in King County Superior Court Against Malt-O-Meal by Families of Two Young Victims

 

Maple Lawn Dairy Hepatitis A Litigation: New York

A hepatitis A outbreak in Chemung County, New York was traced to food served at the Maple Lawn Dairy Family Restaurant in October, 2004. One man died after suffering from liver failure and several secondary infections while at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he stayed for months before his death.

Family sues over hepatitis death

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Elmira restaurant

Hepatitis A In Elmira

Attorneys Call for Mandatory Hepatitis A Vaccinations for all Foodservice Workers


McDonald’s Hepatitis A Litigation - Washington

Marler Clark represented two people sickened with hepatitis A after eating at a Mount Vernon McDonald’s restaurant in February 1999.

Health officials reported nine cases of hepatitis A and traced them to the McDonald’s, where an assistant manager continued to work after contracting the disease.

Woman's Suit Alleges She Got Hepatitis at McDonald's

McDonald's Franchise Faces Claims From Hepatitis A Victims

 

Nationwide Insurance - Insurance Bad Faith Class Action Litigation - Nationwide

Denis Stearns represented named plaintiffs Jeff Barreca and Lisa Hall in a class action lawsuit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The lawsuit accused Nationwide of “an unlawful and deceptive scheme” in which it improperly threatened uninsured motorists with the loss of their driver’s licenses while pretending to collect money on behalf of injured persons to whom Nationwide had sold UIM policies.

Without informing the injured people it insured, Nationwide sent collection letters to hundreds (if not thousands) of uninsured motorists across the United States, letters that contained unlawful threats, false and deceptive statements and negligent misrepresentations of fact. These letters stated that Nationwide had a “legal right” to collect money from the uninsured motorist, that it was doing so “on behalf” of injured motorists that it insured, and that it had the authority “to settle this matter out of court.” The letters also stated that, unless the uninsured motorist immediately agreed to pay Nationwide all of the money it demanded, Nationwide would cause the person to lose their driver’s license.

The suit contended Nationwide was guilty of fraud and violated the Consumer Protection Act.

Drivers Sue Insurer, Claim Fraud

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Nationwide Insurance

 

New York Office of State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation - New York

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on behalf of over nearly 4,000 people who became ill with Cryptosporidiosis after visiting the Sprayground at Seneca Lake State Park in June, July, and August, 2005.

The New York State Health Department shut down the Sprayground on August 15 after it was determined that the Sprayground’s water holding tanks, which were used to recycle water, were contaminated with Cryptosporidium.

Class action status granted in Spraypark case

Motion for Certification of Class Action Lawsuit to be Heard in Spraypark Case

Spraypark lawsuit gets its first day in court

Single lawsuit sought in spraypark case

Attorneys for Spraypark victims seek certification for class action lawsuit

Hearing Wednesday in Spraypark Case

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against New York Office of State Parks

Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against New York Office of State Parks

Official warns Spraypark illness caregivers: Wash hands

Outbreak spurs water park rules

3,100 reported ill from N.Y. water park

Illness traced to New York waterpark

Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Seneca Lake State Park Preventable

State Health Department, Office of State Parks Issue Update on Seneca Lake State Park Gastrointestinal Outbreak

746 fall ill after visit to fun spot

Park attendees become ill

 

Odwalla juice E. coli Litigation - Nationwide

Marler Clark represented most of the seriously-effected victims of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 traced to Odwalla apple juice in 1996. At least 70 persons were sickened, and a 16-month-old Colorado girl died, from drinking Odwalla juice that was not pasteurized. The apple juice is believed to have become contaminated via apples that fell off trees and into cow manure before being harvested for juice. The case had a nationwide impact, demonstrating that foodborne illness can be contracted from fresh produce as well as meats.

Odwalla had built its reputation for producing “fresh” juice with no preservatives. But investigators eventually concluded that its juices contained dangerously high bacterial contamination – so much that prior to the outbreak, the U.S. Army had refused to buy Odwalla products.

The sickest victims were children in Seattle, Colorado and Washington, D.C., several of whom suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome and permanent kidney damage. Odwalla, based in Half Moon Bay, California, eventually paid a multi-million-dollar settlement to the victims and their families. Odwalla began pasteurizing its juices after the 1996 outbreak.

Odwalla juice E. coli Outbreak (video)
What Odwalla knew before the E. coli outbreak of 1996 about the dangers in its plant. ( 2.392 kb)

Odwalla E. coli Outbreak (video)
Medical Detectives story on Odwalla - How they track a killer? (3,268 kb)

THE ETHICAL EDGE

FDA Rules Target Tainted Juices

Juice Maker Settles With More Families of Young E. coli Victims

Family of Boy Stricken by E. coli Sues Juice Maker

Odwalla Settles with 5 Families

Juice Maker Settles Food Poisoning Case

Accord Is Reached in Food-Poisoning Case

Odwalla Heads for Plea Deal, Big Fine

Suits Against Odwalla Mount in E. coli Case

Issaquah Couple Sue in E. coli Case

Fifth Lawsuit Filed Against Odwalla

Odwalla to Pay for Ailing Boy

1998 Trial Set in E. coli Lawsuit

U.S. Army Declined to Carry Odwalla

First suit Filed over E. coli From Juice: Odwalla and Starbucks Named

Family of Sick Boy Waiting for Odwalla to Honor Promise

Couple Sues Odwalla Over Child's Illness

Army Gave Warning of Apple Juice Danger

Odwalla Settles 5 E. coli Cases; Victims of '96 Outbreak to Get a Reported $ 15 Million

Odwalla May Face Punitive Damages

 

Old South Restaurant Salmonella Litigation - South Carolina

At least 300 people became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the Old South Restaurant in Camden, SC in May, 2005. Fifty-one people were hospitalized as a result of their infections, and one person died. The South Carolina Department of Environmental Health traced the illnesses to undercooked turkey served in the buffet at the restaurant.

Restaurant reopens after salmonella outbreak forced shutdown

Old South restaurant workers take lessons in food safety

Bill Marler Speaks Out About Old South Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak

Salmonella lawsuit filed against Old South Restaurant

Number affected by salmonella rises

Testing continues to determine source of salmonella outbreak

Man’s death blamed on salmonella outbreak

Kershaw County Coroner confirms death related to salmonella poisoning

Dozens Sickened With Salmonella At S.C. Restaurant

Dozens sickened with salmonella after eating at Camden restaurant

DHEC Investigation Centers Around Camden Business

 

Olive Garden E. coli Litigation - Oregon

The Gresham, Oregon Olive Garden Restaurant was the source of at least 18 E. coli infections during April, 2005. Marler Clark represented a woman who became ill with an E. coli infection and was treated at the ER for severe symptoms of E. coli infection.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Olive Garden

 

Orchid Island Salmonella Litigation - Florida, Nationwide

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 8, 2005, that Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida, was recalling unpasteurized orange juice. The recall came after at least fifteen people were confirmed as being ill with Salmonella Typhimurium infections, and epidemiological evidence linked the outbreak to consumption of Orchid Island orange juice.

Marler Clark files second Salmonella lawsuit against Orchid Island Juice Co.

Marler Clark files lawsuit against Orchid Island, maker of unpasteurized Salmonella-contaminated orange juice

Unpasteurized Orange Juice Recall

Orchid Island Juice Co. Recalls Unpasteurized Orange Juice

Marler Clark Calls on FDA to Ban Sale of Unpasteurized Juices

Michigan health officials investigate at least 11 salmonella infections

FDA Issues Nationwide Health Alert on Orchid Island Unpasteurized Orange Juice Products

 

PM Beef Holdings, Byerly's & Lunds E. coli Outbreak Litigation - Minnesota, Wisconsin

Marler Clark currently represents the families of three people who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating ground beef produced by PM Beef Holdings and sold at Byerly's and Lunds stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On May 8, 2007, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDOH) issued a press release stating that an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak had been traced to ground beef purchased at Lunds and Byerly's stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to MDOH, five adults and two children became ill with E. coli infections after eating the contaminated ground beef, which was purchased in mid-April. All victims became ill with symptoms of E. coli infections between April 21 and April 28 after consuming the meat. Three individuals were hospitalized.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Minnesota meat supplier, grocer


Paramount Farms Almonds Salmonella Outbreak Litigation – California, Nationwide

Hundreds of consumers across the country may have been sickened in early 2004 by salmonella linked to almonds packaged by Paramount Farms in California and sold by Costco warehouses and other stores nationwide.

Marler Clark represented many of those customers, including a mother and two young children in Kennewick, Washington, who became ill after eating the raw almonds packaged by Paramount.

The company recalled 13 million pounds of its packaged almonds after health officials reported 25 cases of Salmonella poisoning traced to the product. Health officials believe far more people have fallen ill, but that their illnesses were not linked officially to the almonds. Paramount had not pasteurized its raw almonds, but began using a gas pasteurizing process following the outbreak.

Marler Clark files Salmonella lawsuit against paramount farms on behalf of clients sickened after eating contaminated almonds

Marler Clark files second lawsuit against Paramount Farms in almonds case

More lawsuits could be on way against Paramount over almonds

Kennewick family sues almond producer

Recall takes bite out of almond industry

Tainted raw almonds sicken four in state

Salmonella scare prompts almond recall

Tainted almonds prompt lawsuit

Almond recall grows; nut processor is sued

Marler Clark Sues Paramount Farms Over Salmonella-tainted Almonds

Family sues over recalled almonds

US FDA extends almond salmonella warning

Almond recall; food-poisoning reports

 


Parsley E. coli outbreak

In September and October of 2005, Washington state and Oregon health officials traced an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak to contaminated parsley grown in Oregon. The parsley was served at restaurants in Washington and Oregon, and was the source of E. coli outbreaks among patrons of several restaurants, including the Boat Shed restaurant in Bremerton, Washington, several Seattle-area Olive Garden restaurants, and a McGrath’s Fish House restaurant in Bend, Oregon.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of one woman who became ill with an E. coli infection in November, 2005.

E. coli Infections Traced to Contaminated Parsley

Bend E.Coli outbreak linked to one in Washington

Health officials look for source of Bend E. coli outbreak

E. coli outbreak tracked to Bend restaurant


Pat & Oscar's E. coli Litigation

See Gold Coast Produce E. coli Litigation

 

Peninsula Village E. coli Litigation - Tennessee

A CDC investigation in 1999 determined that the source of an E. coli outbreak at Peninsula Village was food prepared in the cafeteria. Catherine Russe, a resident at Peninsula village, was hospitalized after she began suffering from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Marler Clark is representing her in a lawsuit against Peninsula Village.

E. coli Infection Spurs Lawsuit

 

Quality Inn Salmonella Litigation - Washington

Marler Clark represents a Clarkston, Washington, man who was one of 58 people infected with Salmonella Enteritidis at a company banquet at the Clarkston Quality Inn in March, 2003. The victim suffered extreme diarrhea, stomach cramps, high fever and vomiting in the days following the banquet, which also affected at least 25 of his fellow employees. His illness led to arthritis which left him unable to work and he was eventually terminated by the company.

Health officials concluded that the most likely source of the contamination was undercooked eggs used to make “fried ice cream.” The incidence of Salmonella is believed to be increasing in the U.S.

Man sues Quality Inn over illness; Ken Goods claims he got salmonella poisoning

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed against Clarkston Quality Inn

Salmonella sickens 25 banqueters

 

Quizno's Hepatitis A Litigation - Massachusetts

A Boston Quizno's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A in June, 2004. Upon notification of the potential for a hepatitis A outbreak, the Boston health department advised consumers who had eaten at the Quizno's Subshop located at 74 Summer Street in Boston to receive Immune globulin shots to prevent infection.

Marler Clark filed a Class Action lawsuit against Quizno's on July 9, 2004. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all persons who were required to be inoculated against hepatitis A following possible exposure to the virus at the Quizno's restaurant.

A questionnaire the attorneys will use in evaluating claims brought by persons who received Ig shots to prevent infection with the hepatitis A virus are available here to be downloaded, filled out, and mailed to us at www.hepatitislitigation.com.

Seattle attorneys file second hepatitis A class action lawsuit: Quizno’s sued

Sub shop's customers receive free vaccination

Food handler tests positive for Hepatitis A

 

Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel Norwalk Litigation - California

Los Angeles County health officials traced the source of a Norovirus outbreak that hit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards in 2002. At least 550 guests at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles became ill with Norovirus infections after consuming foods catered by the hotel kitchen.

Officials Find What's Ailing Oscar

 

Robert's American Gourmet "Veggie Booty" Salmonella Outbreak - Nationwide

On June 28, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. of Sea Cliff, New York, was recalling Veggie Booty Snack Food. The company, which makes the puffed rice and corn products, Veggie Booty and Pirate's Booty, recalled all lots and sizes of Veggie Booty after health officials identified the product as the source of a Salmonella outbreak.

According to the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 51 cases of Salmonella in 17 states that are related to the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated Veggie Booty.

Marler Clark calls on Veggie Booty manufacturer to pay Salmonella victims’ medical bills

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Against Veggie Booty Manufacturer

 

Robeson Schools E. coli Outbreak - North Carolina

Homemade, unpasteurized butter was the probable source of E. coli O157:H7 contamination that sickened at least 200 people at Prospect Elementary School in rural Robeson County, North Carolina, in the fall of 2001. State officials called it the largest such outbreak in state history.

Marler Clark represented 34 of the people most-effected by the outbreak, including the family of an 11-year-old sixth-grader who spent six days in the hospital with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which frequently leads to kidney failure.

An epidemiological report blamed the outbreak on homemade butter served to students as a classroom demonstration. The butter was not pasteurized.

Robeson E. coli lawsuit dismissed

Lawsuit filed in E. coli illness: Parents blame Robeson schools

 

Royal Fork Shigella Litigation - Washington

A Shigella outbreak was traced to the Royal Fork restaurant in Mount Vernon, Washington, in January of 2001. Nine cases were confirmed and two people displayed the symptoms, but did not go to the doctor for a checkup to confirm their cases.

The outbreak was traced back to a female food service worker at the restaurant, who failed to properly wash her hands after using the bathroom.

Eatery Hit with Lawsuit

Shigella outbreak results in lawsuit against Mount Vernon Royal Fork Restaurant

 

Sam’s Club E. coli Litigation

See Carneco E. coli Litigation

 

San Antonio Taco Salmonella Litigation - Kansas

Marler Clark represented plaintiffs in litigation against San Antonio Taco Co. after they became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the San Antonio Taco restaurant near Vanderbilt University.

The Metro Health Department received calls from more than 200 people who said they had symptoms of food poisoning after eating at the popular restaurant. Health officials subsequently confirmed that 11 of those people were infected with salmonella, but officials said they could not pinpoint the exact food-source that was the cause of the outbreak.

Taco restaurant sued over salmonella

Local law firm teams with Seattle-based law firm to file suit against San Antonio Taco Company for Salmonella Newport contamination

 

Schuerhoff v. Schrader, et. al.

In January, 1996, 17-year-old Michael Scheurhoff was pushed to his death from an abandoned railroad trestle in Bothell, Washington.

Bill Marler filed a wrongful death suit against Schrader, Edinger, Drake, Garza and Weaton, and their parents, for the death of Michael Schuerhoff, on behalf of the Scheurhoff family. The suit contended that the five boys pushed Michael to his death from the abandoned trestle, and then failed to rescue him, allowing him to drown in the Sammamish River in Bothell.

Youth gets 20-year sentence in trestle death

Teen charged in trestle death found guilty of murder

Bothell Denies Trestle-Death Claim

Parents file suit over death of teen pushed from trestle

Teen pleads guilty in trestle death

Five teens charged in death of 18-year-old

 

Seasons at the Pond Salmonella Litigation - Colorado

More than 50 guests and employees were sickened with Salmonella Newport poisoning during an outbreak at the Seasons at the Pond restaurant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in December of 2002. Marler Clark represents a 43-year-old mother who had eaten lunch with friends at the restaurant, and suffered more than a week of nausea, cramping, dry heaves and weakness..

Health authorities belief the poisoning originated with a fruit salad served as a side dish or breakfast entrée. Of the 50 victims, nine were restaurant employees, and three were hospitalized.

Diner sues eatery over salmonella outbreak

Salmonella victim files lawsuit against Seasons at the Pond Restaurant

Officials confirm salmonella

Food poisoning investigated

 

Senor Felix Shigella Litigation - Western States

An outbreak of shigellosis in Washington and six other Western states stemming from a contaminated Mexican-style dip developed into a major epidemic of food-borne illness in 2000.

More than 335 people in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona and Alaska had confirmed or suspected cases of the bacterial illness, characterized by severe diarrhea, nausea, fever and stomach cramps. At least 122 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in Washington, including 76 in King County. As many as 32 other cases statewide were suspected.

Marler Clark represented several plaintiffs in litigation against Senor Felix.

Marler Clark Serves 29 Lawsuits Against Senor Felix

Contaminated Dip Made Hundreds Ill

Family of Three Made Ill Sues Over Contaminated 5-Layer Dip

Shigella Illnesses Tied to Dip Rise --More Join Class

Skipped Dip Was Key to Food Poisoning Mystery

Marler Clark Files Class Action Lawsuit

FDA Broadens Warnings on the Contaminated Dip that Sickened at Least 49

Appendix Removed, But it was the Bean Dip

Shigella Fact Sheet

 

Sheetz Salmonella Litigation - Pennsylvania & Eastern States

In the summer of 2004, more than 400 in Pennsylvania and four other Eastern states suffered salmonella poisoning that was traced to contaminated Roma tomatoes in sandwiches sold at Sheetz convenience stores. Marler Clark represented more than 90 of the victims.

The tomatoes are believed to have been grown in Florida and distributed by Coronet Foods of Wheeling, West Virginia. Investigators suspect that the pre-sliced tomatoes contained up to four different bacterial strains of salmonella. The Wheeling plant, which supplied bagged salads, vegetables and fruits to about 20 states, was subsequently closed.

Most Sheetz salmonella cases settled; insurance battles set

Seattle firm leading Sheetz litigation

Tainted tomato case headed for mediation

Judge allows plaintiffs in salmonella outbreak to sue companies

Attorneys for Sheetz salmonella victims want to start mediation

Tomato supplier for Sheetz ceases operations, blames bad publicity

Salmonella outbreak probe not finished, FDA says

Tomatoes traced to Florida

4 bacteria strains suspected in outbreak

Third strain of salmonella might be linked to outbreak

From hunger pangs to stomach pains

Salmonella link to Southeast confirmed

2nd suit filed over outbreak

Second Salmonella lawsuit filed against Coronet Foods in Federal Court

Salmonella cases reach 260 in state

Study points to tomatoes as source of salmonella outbreak

FDA Investigates Certain ROMA Tomatoes as Source of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Mid-Atlantic States

Number of salmonella cases in Pa. rises to 210

Ohio Salmonella Cases Examined

Sheetz “doing responsible thing” says food safety attorney

Salmonella outbreak sickens 4 in Stark

Salmonella toll one of largest in recent years

Salmonella investigation now focused on tomatoes

Salmonella cases rise to 130

Salmonella trail tough going for officials

Lab tests analyze Ohio salmonella

News update: Salmonella outbreak: Different strain puzzles officials

Food Supplier Sued By Salmonella Victims

Source of salmonella outbreak not yet found

Test links tomatoes to salmonella cases

Sheetz produce supplier sued by victim of Salmonella outbreak

PA Ag Department Announces Positive Test in Salmonella Investigation

Sheetz officials sink their teeth into a public relations problem

Sheetz Brothers Work To Regain Customer Trust

Number of cases swells to 70; lawsuits pending

Sheetz food in state is tested 1st batch has no salmonella

Salmonella Attorney: Numbers Should Rise

For some, 'freak accident' won't take Sheetz off the menu

Salmonella Infections Traced to Contaminated Tomatoes

Coronet Foods Responds to Pennsylvania Department of Health Reports of Salmonella Cases

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Action

Salmonella victim: Sickened woman blames her tasty chicken wrap

Salmonella cases increase: Chief suspects are lettuce, tomatoes used by Sheetz in sandwiches

More Pa. salmonella cases linked to chain

Salmonella Strikes 16 Sheetz Stores

Health Officials Trace Salmonella to Sheetz Produce

Sheetz is source of salmonella outbreak

Health officials concerned over salmonellosis cases

Salmonella outbreak probed

 

Shipley Sales Cantaloupe Salmonella Litigation - California

In May 2001, the FDA issued a press release warning consumers about Viva Brand imported cantaloupe. The FDA advised consumers of an outbreak of Salmonella Poona linked to cantaloupe imported to the U.S. by Shipley Sales Service of Nogales, Arizona.

The cantaloupe was implicated in a Salmonella outbreak that caused numerous illnesses and two deaths in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington State.

Marler Clark represented several families who had members that became ill with Salmonella infections after eating the cantaloupe.

Shipley, son get probation

Lawsuit filed on behalf of 84-year-old Washington State resident sickened with Salmonella from tainted cantaloupe

Company settles lawsuits over salmonella-tainted cantaloupe

Settlement Announced in Cantaloupe Death and Illness Cases

Food Safety Lawyer Again Calls for Country of Origin Labeling for Fruits

Scrub And Wash Your Cantaloupe

Parents sue importer whose cantaloupe allegedly gave child salmonella

Suit Filed in Salmonella-Tainted Cantaloupe Illness

A call for country of origin labeling on fruits and vegetables

 

Si Casa Flores Norovirus Outbreak Litigation - Oregon

At least 32 people became ill with Norwalk Virus (Norovirus) after eating at Si Casa Flores in Grants Pass, Oregon in early January, 2005. The Oregon Department of Human Services traced the outbreak to the restaurant after the outbreak was identified.

Grants Pass restaurant sued over Norovirus outbreak

At least 32 sickened after eating at a Grants Pass restaurant

 

 

Silver Grill Location Catering - California

In September, October, November, and December of 2005, Los Angeles County witnessed a significant increase in reported hepatitis A illnesses among its residents. Investigations by state and local health agencies identified at least three point-source hepatitis A outbreaks:

The first point-source outbreak was at a Mexican restaurant on Olivera Street, Los Angeles, California. Fifteen people suffered confirmed hepatitis A infections after consuming contaminated food at the restaurant on September 14, or 15, 2005. Two individuals were hospitalized as a result of their illnesses.

The second point-source outbreak occurred among cast and crew on a movie set in north Hollywood. During their investigation into the outbreak, health officials identified October 3, 2005, as the date that the cast and crewmembers were exposed to hepatitis A-contaminated food. Catering services were provided by Defendant Silver Grill Catering, and others.

The third point-source outbreak occurred in late November 2005 at an upscale Los Angeles restaurant on West Fifth Street. At least four of the restaurant’s workers were found to have been ill during the exposure period. The health department advised people who had dined at the restaurant during the exposure period to receive immunization injections to protect against illness.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Silver Grill Catering, and has been contacted by several more individuals who became ill after eating hepatitis A-contaminated lettuce, which was ultimately determined to be the source of the three point-source hepatitis A outbreaks.


More film crew members file hepatitis A lawsuit

Grower Wasn't Part of Hepatitis Inquiry

Lawsuit Filed in LA-Area Hepatitis A Outbreak Case

Is There A Hepatitis A Epidemic In Los Angeles?

2 Sources of Hepatitis A Named

On the Menu, Dinner and a Shot

Source of Hepatitis Outbreak Sought

More Hep A in LA

Lettuce the Likely Culprit in New Hepatitis A Cases

Sizzler and Excel E. coli Litigation - Wisconsin

The City of Milwaukee Health Department was contacted by Children’s Hospital on July 24, 2000 regarding a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases. Eventually, sixty-four confirmed cases were discovered – 62 linked to the Layton Sizzler and two linked to the Mayfair Sizzler. Dozens of these individuals were hospitalized; four developed HUS and one died. In addition to the confirmed cases, the State noted that there were reports of 551 probable cases, and another 122 possible cases.

The Wisconsin State Department of Health set forth determined the outbreak’s source to be fresh watermelon that had been cross-contaminated with raw meat products. Sirloin tri-tips were the source of the E. coli bacteria, and the Department of Health concluded that employees at Sizzler restaurants may have contributed to the outbreak.

Marler Clark represented seventeen individuals in lawsuits against Sizzler USA, and continues E. coli litigation against Excel Corp., who supplied the contaminated tri-tips to Sizzler. All pending lawsuits were settled in 2006.

Families file four lawsuits after Milwaukee E. coli outbreak

E. coli lawsuits re-filed against Excel in Sizzler case

Sizzler May Sue Over E. Coli Poisoning

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Court of Appeals allowing Wisconsin citizens to sue when injured by adulterated meat

More E. coli lawsuits brought against Excel in Sizzler case

Meatpacker wants U.S. justices to overturn E. coli suit ruling

Kriefall, Lesak et al. v. Sizzler USA (.pdf file)

E. coli victims sue meatpacker

Appeals court reinstates lawsuits against Excel

Appeals court revives lawsuit from parents of girl who died from E. coli

E. coli lawsuits restored: Meat producers target of ruling

Court of Appeals decision ensures that the doors of the courthouse will remain open for Wisconsin citizens injured by adulterated meat

Twenty E. coli Lawsuits Settled

Settlements reached with E. coli victims

Sizzler E. coli Lawsuits Settled

Fifteenth E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler

E. coli suits sent to Circuit Court

E. coli suits sent to Circuit Court. Cases don't belong in U.S. court, judge rules.

Another E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler

Colorado Plant Linked to E. coli Outbreak

Cross contamination caused outbreak

Beef grinder close to salad prep area, official says

Same Meat Supplier Reportedly Implicated in 1993 and 2000 Sizzler Outbreaks

Lawsuit Seeks Damages for Daughter Infected with the Deadly E. coli Bacteria While Caring for Sick Mother

A Second Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler by Local Law firm

Lawsuit filed against Sizzler on behalf of injured Milwaukee Man

Local law firm teams with nationally known foodsafety advocates to investigate Sizzler E. coli outbreak

Attorney For Food-borne Illness Victims Gives Milwaukee His Top Ten Tips For Dining Out During an E. coli Outbreak

 

Sodexho / Sequoias Retirement Center E. coli Outbreak Litigation - California

Two elderly women died and dozens more residents and employees were sickened by E. coli O157:H7 traced to pre-packaged spinach served by a food service at the Sequoias Portola Valley retirement home in California in October, 2003.

Marler Clark settled the cases of two victims of the outbreak at the 315-resident complex near Palo Alto, California. The spinach was served by Sodexho USA, a multinational food service that provides more than 1 million meals per day to a wide variety of institutions.

Health officials traced the source of the E. coli O157:H7 to packaged spinach which was marketed as “pre-washed,” but was not rinsed by the Sodexho kitchen staff.

Defendants settle with victims in Sequoias E. coli lawsuits

E. coli victims settling claims

Second lawsuit filed against Sodexho in connection with Sequoias Retirement Village E. coli Outbreak

Woman's son sues over E. coli death

Firm sued over E. coli outbreak

Lawsuit filed against food supplier by family of Sequoias resident who died from E. coli infection

E. coli outbreak traced to prewashed spinach

E. coli may have claimed second victim

Woman who died of E. coli complications identified

E. coli victims have contacted lawyer

E. coli outbreak at nursing home puts seniors at severe risk

E. coli outbreak at retirement home: 24 sickened in Portola Valley


Souplantation E. coli Outbreak Litigation - California

The Souplantation restaurant located at 26572 Towne Center Drive in Lake Forest, California, was traced as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened over a dozen Souplantation customers, including three who were hospitalized. On April 7, 2007, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported that twelve people had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 after eating at the Souplantation restaurant in Lake Forest:

The total number of confirmed cases among customers at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation is now 12 (ten people under 18 years of age and two adults). Confirmation of the 12th case was received late Friday night, April 6th. The individual is a juvenile who ate at the Foothill Ranch Souplantation restaurant on March 25th. This is outside the time period in which previously confirmed cases had reported eating at the restaurant (March 23rd or 24th). Tests to identify the strain of E. coli O157 in recently confirmed cases are pending.

The Health Care Agency (HCA) learned on Friday that one employee of the Foothill Ranch Souplantation tested positive for E. coli O157. This employee had not previously reported any symptoms or illness. Late Friday afternoon, Souplantation officials made a decision to voluntarily close the Foothill Ranch Souplantation because testing of all employees for E. coli infection has not been completed. HCA’s Public Health Laboratory is continuing to receive and process specimens over the weekend to expedite the employee testing process.

According to early reports, six victims of the Souplantation E. coli outbreak were under the age of 18, one was over 70. Of the three victims who were hospitalized, one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure, central nervous system impairment, and other serious health problems.

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against Souplantation on April 16, 2007. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an elderly Rancho Santa Margarita woman who was hospitalized with kidney failure after eating at Souplantation on March 23rd.

E. coli outbreak traced to Orange County Souplantation restaurant

Marler Clark Calls on Souplantation to Pay E. coli Victims’ Medical Bills


Spokane Produce E. coli Litigation - Washington

In the summer of 2002, more than 50 high school dancers contracted E. coli O157:H7 from pre-packaged lettuce served at a dance camp in Spokane, Washington. Marler Clark represents several of the victims, including a Spokane teenager who had to endure dialysis treatments because her kidneys were severely damaged by the E. coli.

The Spokane outbreak illustrates the widespread misconception that E. coli is transmitted only in tainted meats. Federal and state authorities agree that the pathogen is frequently transmitted to lettuce, onions and other vegetables and fruits, probably by way of irrigation water contaminated with cow manure.

In the aftermath of the outbreak, the federal Food and Drug Administration issued a rare warning that consumers should throw out prepackaged bags of Romaine lettuce packaged that summer by Spokane Produce.

Plaintiff seeks to add eight to E. coli suit

Produce Firm Sued in E. coli Case

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Spokane Produce

FDA may have swayed investigation

FDA Warns of E. Coli-Lettuce Link

Spokane E. coli investigation continues

4th girl had E. coli food poisoning

Food Safety Attorney Calls for Increased Research to Make Salad Safe

E. coli sickens girls at EWU cheer camp

28 cases of E. coli confirmed at camp

 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Salmonella Litigation - Missouri

More than 100 hospital patients, staff and visitors contracted Salmonella poisoning during an outbreak traced to the cafeteria at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the spring of 2003. Marler Clark represented a St. Louis school teacher who contracted the illness from the cafeteria salad bar shortly after his wife gave birth to a baby girl at an adjacent hospital.

Health authorities identified multiple problems in the hospital cafeteria, including failure to sanitize food preparation areas, insufficient cooling temperatures, dirty knives, fruit flies, and evidence of mice in a storage room. Most of the 101 people who tested positive for Salmonella were hospital employees.

Law and Order: Man sues hospital over salmonella infection

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed against St. Louis Children's Hospital

Law and Order: Salmonella cases at hospital rise to 59

 

State of Idaho: Kern v. Tarver and State of Idaho

Bill Marler represented Amber Tern, an 11-year-old Coeur d’Alene girl who was kidnapped and molested by a convicted pedophile in 1992, in a lawsuit against police and probation officers from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The lawsuit also named her abductor, Richard John Tarver.

Amber 9 when Tarver took her from a Spokane Valley mobile home park, drove her to Salt Lake City and molested her along the way. The federal suit alleged the Coeur d'Alene Police Department and one of its sergeants, were negligent and precipitated the kidnapping.

The suit alleged negligence and civil rights violations against the state of Idaho, the city of Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Cutler, Washington State, Oregon, three Western Washington community corrections officers, an Oregon officer, and up to 10 more people.

Senators Lost Interest, Victim's Family Says

11-Year-Old to Sue Officials in 3 States Over '92 Abduction

Spokane Girl Freed After 7 1/2-Hour Siege

 

State of Washington: Iseli and Neer v. Dodd and the State of Washington

Bill Marler filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the State of Washington, Asotin County, and Westley Allan Dodd on behalf of the parents of three young boys slain by Dodd in Clark County, Washington, in 1989. The lawsuit alleged that Dodd would have been in prison if it had not been for bureaucratic negligence.

Dodd, who had a history of sexual-abuse crimes, was charged in Asotin County in 1983 in connection with the molesting of a young boy, but before he could come to trial he was arrested and convicted on a similar crime in Lewiston, Idaho. He was sentenced to one year of a potential 10-year sentence and wound up serving only four months before he was released and told to attend counseling. But the Asotin County prosecutor's office never brought Dodd to trial on his outstanding charge.

The lawsuit alleged that a conviction, along with proper sentencing based on Dodd's criminal background in Asotin County, could have kept him in prison through the time of the murders. No one from the state followed through on Dodd's 1983 charge, which was never officially dismissed.

Dodd Victims' Kin To Be Paid

State Settles In Dodd Cases

Families of Dodd's Victim's Plan to File Lawsuit

 

Stop & Shop E. coli Litigation - New Hampshire

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against Stop & Shop on behalf of an eight-year-old New Hampshire boy who became ill with an E. coli infection after eating a contaminated hamburger made from meat purchased at a Stop & Shop in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Family Sues Stop & Shop over Child’s E. coli Poisoning

Subway Hepatitis A Litigation - Washington

In mid-October, 1999, health officials in King and Snohomish counties became aware of a hepatitis A outbreak. By November 5, 1999, the outbreak was traced to two Subway Sandwich outlets.

It is estimated that over 40 persons became ill as a result of eating contaminated food sold at the two Subway outlets implicated in the September 1999 hepatitis A outbreak.

Marler Clark represented individuals who became ill with hepatitis A infections after eating foods from the Subway outlets. The firm also filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all people who were forced to receive Immune Globulin shots to prevent infection after they were exposed to the virus at Subway.

Seattle Law Firm Obtains $1.06 Million Settlement on Behalf of Hepatitis Outbreak Victims

Hepatitis Sufferers Reach Settlement

Subway Franchise Faces Claims From Over Thirty-One Hepatitis A Victims

Lawsuit Filed Against Subway in Hepatitis Outbreak

 

Sun Orchard Salmonella Litigation - Multistate

During June and July of 1999, 15 states and two Canadian provinces had reported 207 confirmed cases of Salmonella infection associated with a single source. By early July 1999, 85 persons with this illness were identified in Washington State alone.

Epidemiological investigations by the health departments linked the outbreak of a relatively rare strain of Salmonella to unpasteurized orange juice products produced by Sun Orchard, Inc., an Arizona based company. Similar strains of Salmonella were eventually detected in unopened containers of Sun Orchard juice products, and in blenders where smoothies were made. Genetic matches were quickly established between the lab results of the stool cultures from victims and the Sun Orchard product.

Sun Orchard voluntarily announced a recall of all of its unpasteurized orange juice products on June 25, 1999. The Food and Drug Administration, on July 10, 1999, issued a nationwide warning to consumers against drinking unpasteurized orange juice products distributed under a variety of brand names by Sun Orchard, Inc. due to the continuing reports of illness related to the product.

Marler Clark Obtains $1.4 Million Settlement on Behalf of Salmonella Outbreak Victims

Foodillness Attorney Calls for FDA to Ban Unpasteurized Juices

Attorney for Salmonella Victims Calls on the FDA to Investigate Why Sun Orchard was Allowed to Import Unpasteurized Orange Juice

Sun Orchard Faces Claims from Over Seventy-Five Salmonella Victims -- Several have been Hospitalized

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Cases by Marler Clark

Juice Maker Sued Over Salmonella Outbreak: 52 Cases of Salmonella Linked to Orange Juice

Fruit Juice Sales May be Limited by County; Distributors, Salmonella Victims Testify at Hearing

Restaurant Fruit Drink Lined to Outbreak of Salmonella

Unpasteurized Orange Juice Linked to Outbreak

Juice Warnings: Backgrounder

 

Supervalu E. coli Litigation - Minnesota

In 2000, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to AFG ground beef sold by Supervalu and Cub Foods devastated families throughout the Midwest. Marler Clark represented several Wisconsin families who sued the companies.

Cub Foods/Supervalu E. coli Outbreak (video)
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Family settles with grocer, supplier of meat that sickened daughter

St. Paul Family Settles Claim Against AFG and Supervalu

American Foods Group Settles Five E. coli O157:H7 Claims

American Food Groups Urged to Pay E. coli Victims Medical Bills

Dominic's and AFG should be held responsible for E. coli outbreak, attorney says

Meat plant avoided testing

Parents sue Supervalu, supplier for daughter's E. coli infection

Effects of E. coli illnesses linger in victims, courts

Meat supplier to settle suit: Plaintiffs fell ill during last fall's E. coli outbreak

Meatpacker sued over E. coli outbreak

Woman Files Lawsuit Against Meatpacker

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Supervalu/Cub Food

Family that Got Sick Sues Meat-Packer

Lawsuit filed against American Foods on behalf of injured Illinois family

Recalls of Tainted Meat Not Working, Attorney Says

American Food Groups Should Pay E. coli Victims Medical Bills

 

Sushi King Salmonella Litigation - Arkansas

In February of 2006, the Arkansas Department of Health and Benton County Health Department reported that 52 individuals had cultured positive for Salmonella infections after eating at the Sushi King restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas. At least 152 people reported experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection, with the last date of symptom onset reported as February 14th.

Marler Clark represents 35 individuals who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the Sushi King restaurant.

Sushi King reopens for lunch; closes again

Number of people sickened in sushi food poisoning case rises

Salmonella poisoning alleged at local restaurant

 

Susie Cantaloupe Salmonella Litigation

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Taco Bell E. coli Litigation

During the last week of November and the beginning of December, 2006, state and local health departments in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware began receiving reports of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses among patrons of Taco Bell restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined an investigation into the outbreak, and on December 13, 2006, announced that at 71 people had become sick with an illness associated with the Taco Bell restaurant outbreak. Of those 71, 53 people had been hospitalized, 52 people were confirmed ill with E. coli, and 8 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The investigation into the Taco Bell E. coli outbreak focused first on green onions as the source, but CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigators later changed their focus to lettuce. According to an FDA news release on December 13, FDA investigators were working to trace back the potentially contaminated lettuce that had been served at Taco Bell restaurants to the farm where the lettuce was grown.

Marler Clark has filed lawsuits against Yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in connection with this E. coli outbreak. The firm also named Ready Pac Produce, the fresh produce supplier for Taco Bell, as a defendant in both lawsuits.

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Taco Bell Hepatitis A Litigation - Florida

In early December, 2000, the Lake County, Florida, Health Department (LCHD) notified the Florida Department of Health of a potential hepatitis A outbreak in Lake and Sumter counties. At least 23 people were identified as having suffered hepatitis A infections after eating at Taco Bell locations, and health officials concluded that green onions were the likely vehicle for transmission of the hepatitis A virus.

The LCHD further concluded that “[a]lthough most foodborne outbreaks of hepatitis A are due to food contaminated by an infected food preparer, we believe the ingredients were contaminated prior to arrival at the outlet in this outbreak. . . . The most likely contaminated ingredient is green onion.”

Marler Clark represented three individuals who contracted hepatitis A after eating at Taco Bell in claims that stemmed from the Taco Bell hepatitis A outbreak.

 

Taco John’s E. coli Outbreak – Iowa and Minnesota

In December 2006, Iowa and Minnesota health officials investigated an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among patrons at Taco John’s restaurants in Ceder Falls, Iowa, and Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota. As of December 13, 2006, the Iowa Department of Health had confirmed that at least 50 Iowans had become ill with E. coli infections after eating at Taco John’s, and the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed that at least 27 Minnesotans were part of the outbreak.

Although the outbreak occurred at the same time as the Taco Bell E. coli outbreak on the East Coast, the Taco John’s outbreak had not been linked to the Taco Bell E. coli outbreak by mid-December; however, health officials were investigating lettuce as the potential source of both E. coli outbreaks.

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit on behalf of a Cedar Falls, Iowa, family whose nine-year-old daughter was hospitalized with an E. coli infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome on December 14, 2006. The firm filed a second E. coli lawsuit against Taco John’s on December 19, 2006, and has been contacted by several other individuals who became ill with E. coli infections after eating at Taco John's restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota.

Taco John’s sued in E. coli case

E. coli Attorney Calls on Taco John's to Pay Victims' Medical Bills

Second E. coli lawsuit filed against Taco John’s by Iowa resident

 

Topps Meats E. coli Litigation - New York

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of an 8-year-old Albany, New York, girl who became ill with an E. coli infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating a hamburger produced by topps Meats and purchased at Price Chopper.

E. coli lawsuit filed against meat supplier, grocer

 

Union Pacific Railroad Auto Accident Litigation - Washington

In 2001, JoAnne Beffert was parked in her pick-up truck in the Seattle Union Pacific railroad yard, waiting to give a co-worker a lift. Suddenly, a wheel on a 175,000 pound “piggy packer” crane, broke through a concrete lid on the yard surface, causing the crane to tip over. The crane crashed onto its left side, landing squarely on the pick-up truck, and crushing it. The dashboard of the truck pinned down Ms. Beffert’s legs, and she was unable to move. It took over four hours, and two attempts by the rescuers at the scene with another heavy duty crane, before the fallen crane was lifted up enough to extract Ms. Beffert from the wreckage.

Ms. Beffert suffered numerous fractures of both legs and knees. After hospitalization and extensive physical therapy, Ms. Beffert remained with some limited motion in her legs, significant scars, degenerative arthritis in her hip, and continuing instability and pain in her right knee.

Marler Clark settled Ms. Beffert’s claim for $1,000,000.

Woman sues railroad over crane collapse

Woman sues railroad after accident

Woman sues over rail-yard accident

United Food Group E. coli Litigation - California

In June of 2007, United Food Group (UFG) announced the recall of 5.7 million pounds of ground beef due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The ground beef subject to recall had been produced by UFG between April 6 and April 20, and was distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The California Department of Health Services, the Colorado Department of Health, and the
CDC reported 14 illnesses associated with the outbreak – 6 in Arizona, 3 in California, 2 in Colorado, 1 in Idaho, 1 in Utah, and 1 in Wyoming.

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against UFG on June 14, 2007.

First suit filed against UFG by E. coli victim

 

Viva Cantaloupe Salmonella Litigation - Western States

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Viva Mexico Shigella Litigation - Multistate

The Redwood City, California, Viva Mexico Mexican restaurant paid $55,000 in fines and agreed to make sure that employees washed their hands as part of an agreement struck with the San Mateo County district attorney after a Shigella outbreak linked to the restaurant sickened hundreds.

At least 250 patrons got sick, and one died in October, 2000, after suffering from Shigellosis.

Marler Clark represented a number of clients in litigation against Viva Mexico.

Eatery fined in food poisoning case

Family sues over food poisoning

Couple Files Suit In Food Poison Case - Son ate at Redwood City restaurant

 

Wal-Mart Salmonella Outbreak - Indiana

In May 2006, Indiana's Johnson and Marion County Health Departments began receiving reports of an apparent Salmonella outbreak among patients at local hospitals. As of August 28, 2006, the Indiana State Department of Health reported that at least 84 individuals had been confirmed ill with Salmonellosis between May and August 2006. An investigation into the outbreak revealed the source to be foods purchased from the bakery and deli at the Wal-Mart store located at 1133 North Emerson in Greenwood, Indiana.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a child who became ill as part of the outbreak and was hospitalized on September 7, 2006. The firm has been contacted by additional individuals who developed Salmonellosis after consuming foods from Wal-Mart, and will pursue legal claims on their behalf.

Salmonella lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart

 

Washington County Fair E. coli Outbreak - New York

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak stemming from a contaminated well at the Washington County Fair in New York in 1999 sickened over 1,000 people, sent 65 to the hospital, and claimed two lives.

The outbreak was linked to an unchlorinated well at the Washington County Fair that was contaminated with manure from a barn only 83-feet away. Water from the tainted well was used for drinking, food preparation and hand-washing.

A Summer Fair, a Deadly Germ, and One Child's Life Taken

Start Victim's Fund, says Prominent E. coli Attorney, William Marler

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The Search for a "New Normal"

Toddler Beats E. coli Infection

E. Coli Takes Terrible Toll on Families, and on Fair's Future

Legal Experts Reject Fair Insurer's Claim

 

Washington State Penitentiary Campylobacter Litigation - Washington

More than 100 inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, were infected with campylobacter jejuni blamed on poor food-handling in the prison kitchen. Health officials traced the infection to a leaky drain pipe contaminated with pigeon feces and leaking into the salad preparation area.

Suspected food-borne illness hits prison

Prison inmates ill again

 

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: O'Connor v. Department of Social and Health Services - Washington

Denis Stearns represented Kathleen O’Connor in litigation against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services after a state worker sexually assaulted her son. DSHS had denied access to public records, saying the act was not a tool to be used during pretrial discovery against the state.

The act requires all state and local agencies to make "all public records" open for review or copying unless the record falls within a specific exemption. Such exemptions include school records and some police reports.

Stearns took the case to the Washington State Supreme Court, and won.

Court supports records act

Supreme Court Orders DSHS to Pay Attorney Fees

Watergate scandal helped pry open government records

 

Wendy’s E. coli Litigation - Oregon

Two Oregon Wendy's restaurants were determined to be the source of an E. coli outbreak that devastated families. Children developed HUS, and were on kidney dialysis. Marler Clark represented several individuals and the families of individuals sickened in the outbreak.

E. coli infection puts boys at risk of kidney problems.

Boy Infected with E. Coli Sues Wendy's Restaurant

Second E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Wendy's

Meat thought to be E. coli culprit

Man uses E. coli-smart law firm

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Wendy's

Wendy’s Workers Lax on Licenses Inside

Attorney Calls on Wendy's to Pay all Victims' Medical Bills

Two more have E. coli

Wendy's E. coli Litigation - Utah

On August 7, 2006, the Weber-Morgan Health Department (WMHD) announced that four people had become ill with E. coli O121:H19 infections after eating iceberg lettuce prepared at the Wendy’s restaurant located at 2500 N 400 E in North Ogden, Utah. WMHD announced that three of the four people confirmed ill with E. coli infections had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

WMHD’s investigation into the outbreak revealed that Wendy’s had catered a CORE Academy luncheon held at Orion Junior High School in Harrisville, Utah, on June 30 and that more than 300 people were potentially exposed to the E. coli O121:H19 bacterium. Two individuals who ate salads at the CORE luncheon were confirmed ill with E. coli O121:H19 illnesses; one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Further investigation revealed that one ill individual consumed hamburgers purchased at the Wendy’s restaurant on June 27, 28, and 29 and also developed HUS.

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wendy’s on August 11, 2006. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a family who became ill with E. coli O121:H19 infections after the mother attended the CORE Academy conference in Harrisville and became ill. One child was hospitalized with HUS. The firm also represents two women who became ill with E. coli infections and HUS and suffered acute kidney failure.

Family Sues Wendy’s over E. coli Poisoning

 

Western Sizzlin’ Salmonella - North Carolina

Marler Clark represented 35 clients poisoned in April 2002 by salmonella at a Western Sizzlin’ restaurant in Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, near Asheville, NC.

Salmonella Cases Go To Court

Thirty-Five Western Sizzlin Salmonella Lawsuits Filed

22 victims in salmonella cases get lawyer

 

White Water Waterpark E. coli Litigation - Georgia

In the summer of 1998, 26 children became ill from E. coli O157:H7 contracted while playing in the kiddie pool at White Water Park, a commercial water park in suburban Atlanta. Seven of those children were hospitalized and a 2-year-old boy died from hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney disorder caused by E. coli O157:H7.

Operators of the pool initially denied responsibility for the E. coli outbreak, but investigators determined that the chlorine level in the pool was well below the local health standard on the days when the water was contaminated, greatly increasing the risk of infection.

Marler Clark represented most of the victims and their families, eventually obtaining millions of dollars in settlements. The incident also increased national awareness of the hazards of water contamination, prompting the industry to pay closer attention to pool cleaning and chlorine.

E. coli tragedy in '98 changed water park safety

Park settles last E. coli suit

Water Park Illnesses Tied to Low Chlorine Levels

E. coli Outbreak; One Year Later Attorney Wages War for Victims

Weiss can't just forget E. coli scare

White Water Moves Slowly on Picking up E. coli Tab

E. coli at Cobb Park Matches DNA of Strain Found in Meat

E. coli Victim to Leave Hospital

Three More Families Sue Park Over E. coli Outbreak

Lawyer asks White Water to Pay Medical Bills for E. coli Patients

Lawyers Disagree on Lawsuit Climate; Proving Negligence on Part of Water Park Would be Difficult, but not Impossible, Some Say

 

Wyndham Anatole Hotel Salmonella Litigation - Texas

The Wyndham Anatole, a Wyndham International Hotel property, exposed over 3,000 individuals to Salmonella Enteritidis during a three-week period from mid-April 2002. Several hundred people, from all over the United States, are believed to have become ill.

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all individuals who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating contaminated foods at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel.

Health Department Report Raises Serious Questions about Wyndham Hotel Sick Leave Policy

Class action lawsuit filed against Wyndham Hotels over Salmonella outbreak