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2001 Press Releases

Browse Marler Clark press releases dating back to 1998. Topics cover a broad range of topics including announcements that lawsuits have been filed or settlements reached, and calls on food industry groups and government to improve the safety of our food supply.

E. coli Lawsuit filed against China Buffet


Marler Clark filed suit against the China Buffet restaurant on behalf of a 69-year old resident of Alexandria, Minnesota. The woman incurred over $400,000 in medical expenses as a result of an E. coli O157:H7 infection she contracted after eating at the Minnesota restaurant.

Sizzler E. coli Lawsuits Settled


Twenty lawsuits that were filed against Sizzler USA and its Milwaukee, Wisconsin franchise on behalf of victims of the July 2000 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak were settled out of court. The amounts of the settlements are confidential.

Family Sues Claremont Hotel for Needle Stick to 2 Year Old


David Babcock filed suit on behalf of a Pullman, Washington, toddler who stepped on a needle left in the carpet of the family’s Claremont Hotel room during a visit to Seattle. As a result of the needle-stick, Madelynn had to undergo three rounds of testing for HIV and Hepatitis.

Fifteenth E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler


A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of two children who were infected with E. coli O157:H7 during the July 2000 E. coli outbreak linked to a Milwaukee-area Sizzler restaurant. The children are residents of New York State. The defendants named in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, are Sizzler USA and E & B Management.

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


American Foods Group, Inc (“AFG”), the meat supplier implicated in the recent Chicagoland E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, today settled the claims of five people sickened during the November 2000 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Health department investigations linked the earlier outbreak to ground beef distributed by AFG. Among the claimants were several members of a family stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois, naval base, and two Eau Claire, Wisconsin women. Amounts of the settlements are confidential.

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


Bill Marler called on both Dominick’s and American Foods Group, Inc (“AFG”), the businesses responsible for an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, to step up and offer to pay all related medical costs for victims of the outbreak.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Supervalu/Cub Food


A lawsuit was filed in Hennepin County District Court on behalf of a Minnesota toddler and her parents, against Supervalu/Cub Foods and American Foods Group, Inc. (AFG). The child became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection, was hospitalized, and remained at Children’s Hospital for over a month, succumbing to kidney failure, and requiring dialysis to keep her alive.

E. coli Death Suit Filed Against Karl Ehmer Meats


Marler Clark filed suit on behalf of the estate of a small child, who died after eating E. coli-tainted hamburger his parents purchased at Karl Ehmers. The suite claimed that Karl Ehmer Meats was liable for the child’s death.

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


Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Gwinnett County, Georgia, child who became seriously ill after eating a hamburger patty contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The boy spent four days in the hospital, including Christmas Day, as a result of his E. coli O157:H7 infection.

Suit Filed Against San Antonio Taco Company for Salmonella Newport Contamination


Marler Clark and and the well-respected Nashville law firm, Branham & Day, filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Lenexa, Kansas, family against the San Antonio Taco Company. The lawsuit claimed that the San Antonio Taco restaurant chain was liable for the injuries and damages that the family sustained as victims of a August 2000 Salmonella newport outbreak.

Supreme Court Orders DSHS to Pay Attorney Fees


The Washington Supreme Court ordered DSHS to pay attorney fees to Kathleen O’Connor for its refusal to allow her access to public records she was entitled to under the State’s public records act. Ms. O’Connor had sought the public records for use in a lawsuit that she filed against DSHS on behalf of her son.

Marler Clark Announces Settlement of Lawsuits Against Importer of Cantaloupe Linked to Salmonella


A settlement was reached in a case against Shipley Sales Service, of Nogales, AZ, involving two individuals who contracted Salmonella in May 2001 after consuming contaminated cantaloupe.

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


Bill Marler again called for country of origin labeling for imported fruits, after over fifty cases of Salmonella poisoning were associated with Susie brand cantaloupe in California, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Suit Filed in Salmonella-Tainted Cantaloupe Illness


A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of a 15 month-old California boy. The boy contracted a rare strain of salmonellosis, Salmonella poona, after eating cantaloupe tainted with the bacterium. An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) traced the outbreak to “Viva” brand cantaloupe, which was imported from Mexico and distributed by Shipley Sales Service of Nogalas, Arizona. Shipley Sale Service was the defendant named in this lawsuit.

Another E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler


Marler Clark filed another E. coli lawsuit against Sizzler USA and E & B ManagementIn. In addition to Sizzler, named as defendants in the complaint were the restaurant’s three insurance companies: Federal Insurance, Secura Insurance, and Reliance Insurance.

A call for country of origin labeling on fruits and vegetables


Bill Marler argued that a death and dozens of reports of illness in the Western United States that were linked to Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe could have been avoided if such imported fresh fruits were labeled to indicate their country of origin.

Shigella outbreak results in lawsuit against Mount Vernon Royal Fork Restaurant


Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Mount Vernon, Washington, woman who became ill with a Shigella infection after eating at the Royal Fork Restaurant located at 2300 Freeway Drive in Mount Vernon on January 11, 2001. At least 11 people were infected with Shigella after eating at the Royal Fork the week of January 11, 2001.

Lawsuit seeks damages for Salmonella victims


The Henrico County Health Department closed Linh’s Bakery and Deli after food made there sickened nearly 250 people. The health department traced the outbreak to raw eggs in a sandwich spread prepared at the Bakery and Deli.

E. coli Attorney Marler Calls for States to End School Poisonings


Bill Marler asked legislators to take a stand on school lunch safety after an E. coli outbreak at Finley Elementary School was traced to school lunch.

Jury Returns Verdict in Finley E. coli Trial


A Benton County jury found the Finley School District to be 100-percent responsible for the E. coli infections contracted by 11 children after the children ate taco meat contaminated with E. coli.

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