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2004 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.

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

12.17.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court against the owners and operators of the Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo, the petting zoo linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the North Carolina State Fair in October, 2004. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four children who suffered from E. coli infections after visiting the Crossroads Farm petting zoo at the State Fair.

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

12.15.2004

Marler Clark filed two additional lawsuits against Chi-Chi’s on behalf of hepatitis A infection victims. Both lawsuits alleged that the plaintiffs contracted hepatitis A after eating at the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi’s restaurant in October, 2003. The lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Outbreaks at nursing homes put seniors at severe risk

12.10.2004

Fifteen residents of the Alterra Clare Bridge assisted-living facility were hospitalized after they became ill with what appeared to be Norovirus infections. While such infections are not usually fatal, one man died of apparent cardiac arrest. An autopsy was performed to determine whether his death was caused by a Norovirus infection.

Are Fairs, Petting Zoos Just Too Dangerous?

12.01.2004

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have been increasingly linked to fairs and petting zoos. Bill Marler was interviewed by Food Protection Report and gave his thoughts on how to prevent E. coli outbreaks linked to human-animal interaction.

Monroe County Marketplace possibly linked to E. coli outbreak

12.01.2004

Mendon Meadows Marketplace recalled all ground beef products, including veal, and fresh ground beef patties, that were purchased between November 7 and November 14, 2004 due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7. Two E. coli O157:H7 infections have been reported in Western New York, and Monroe County and New York State health officials, as well as USDA officials, investigated whether the possible E. coli outbreak may be linked to the recalled products.

E. coli and the Fair

11.16.2004

Bill Marler’s opinion-editorial about E. coli outbreaks at fairs and petting zoos across the country touched on what can be done to prevent future E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks related to human-animal contact. The Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo was the source of an E. coli outbreak at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chesterton Restaurant

11.10.2004

At least five individuals became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the Lakeshore Café and Family Restaurant located at 475 Sand Creek Drive in Chesterton, Indiana, during the month of October, 2004. The Porter County Health Department investigated the outbreak.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Joplin daycare

09.28.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of a two-year-old boy who suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) after contracting E. coli O157:H7 last at Kid’s Korner daycare in Joplin, Missouri. The lawsuit, which was filed in Jasper County Circuit Court, sought damages related to the child’s illness and subsequent hospitalization.

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

09.24.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a nine-year-old Eagan, Minnesota, resident who suffered from an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating an E. coli-contaminated hamburger produced by Carneco and sold by Sam’s Club. The lawsuit was filed in Dakota County District Court, and named Carneco Foods as defendant.

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

09.23.2004

A second E. coli lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of a Sequoias Portola Valley retirement facility resident who suffered from an E. coli O157:H7 infection in October, 2003. The lawsuit, which was filed in San Mateo Superior Court, was against Sodexho, Inc. the food provider for the Sequoias’ residents.

Consumers should check their freezers, E. coli-contaminated ground beef linked to Illinois and Nevad

09.21.2004

Two confirmed and four probable cases of E. coli O157:H7 bacterial illnesses were linked by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ground beef purchased at B & G Foods of Galesburg, IL. The product implicated in the illnesses was purchased from B & G between August 10 and August 16, 2004. A sample of ground beef left over from an August 14 cookout tested positive for E. coli, and the strain matched that isolated from the two cases confirmed by IDPH.

E. coli and the County Fair

09.15.2004

Bill Marler’s Opinion-Editorial discusses the risks associated with exposure to E. coli at state and local fairs.

Lawsuit filed against Safeway on behalf of man who suffered Salmonella infection

08.20.2004

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of a Forest Grove, Oregon, resident who suffered extensive injuries when he contracted Salmonellosis after eating Salmonella-contaminated egg salad from a Safeway deli in September, 2003. The lawsuit was filed against Safeway in United States District Court in Portland.

E. coli infections particularly dangerous for small children

08.13.2004

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks across the country, and several illnesses in Olympia, Washington, prompted the Marler Clark attorneys to expand the information available on E. coli O157:H7, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, and Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, complications of E. coli infections, that is available on the Internet. The firm has focused on E. coli litigation for over ten years, and sponsors Web sites about several foodborne pathogens.

Marler Clark announces settlement of 49 Chili’s Salmonella Claims

08.12.2004

Marler Clark settled the claims of 49 individuals who were infected with Salmonella after eating at the Vernon Hills, Illinois, Chili’s Grill & Bar in late June and early July of 2003. All lawsuits filed by Marler Clark, along with a class action lawsuit that sought punitive damages on behalf of all outbreak victims, were dismissed as part of the settlement.

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

08.05.2004

Four Minnesota residents and one Wisconsin resident became ill in July, 2004, after eating sirloin patties purchased at Sam’s Club stores in White Bear Lake and Eagan, Minnesota, and in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Their infections were linked to frozen ground sirloin patties sold by Sam’s Club and manufactured at Carneco. A voluntary recall of meat by Carneco involveed 497,000 pounds of meat distributed to Sam’s Club stores in 10 states including Minesota, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.

Second salmonella lawsuit filed against Coronet Foods in Federal Court

07.27.2004

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit Tuesday against Cornet Foods in Federal District Court in Pittsburgh. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Butler County, Pennsylvania, resident who suffered from a Salmonella infection traced to tomatoes supplied to Sheetz stores by Coronet Foods.

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Linked to Cantaloupe Not Uncommon

07.23.2004

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Little Seeds Early Childhood Center in Yellowstone City, Montana, was traced to contaminated cantaloupe served to children at the day care. Eight children, ranging from 18 months to five years old, suffered from confirmed E. coli infections. Three of the eight children were co-infected with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. Five other children at the day care were diagnosed exclusively with Campylobacter jejuni.

Sheetz ‘doing responsible thing’ says food safety attorney

07.22.2004

Bill Marler complimented Sheetz for actions the company took to compensate victims of a Salmonella outbreak that was traced to tainted tomatoes served in sandwiches, salads, and wraps at Sheetz convenience stores. Sheetz agreed today to pay victims’ medical bills and lost wages associated with their illnesses. “Agreeing to compensate victims of this outbreak for medical expenses and lost wages will go a long way toward the amicable settlement of claims by individuals sickened,” Marler said.

Sheetz produce supplier sued by victims of Salmonella outbreak

07.19.2004

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Coronet Foods, Inc. in Federal District Court on behalf of a resident of West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who became ill and was hospitalized for three days after consuming a sandwich purchased from a Sheetz store on July 2.

Salmonella infections traced to contaminated tomatoes

07.16.2004

Over sixty people became ill with Salmonella serotype javiana infections across a broad section of the East Coast over the last weeks. The illnesses were traced to the consumption of raw tomatoes supplied to Sheetz, Inc. by Coronet Foods, Inc. of West Virginia.

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

07.09.2004

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against Quizno’s on behalf of all individuals who received Immune globulin (Ig) injections after being exposed to the hepatitis A virus at the Quizno’s Subshop located at 74 Summer Street in Boston. The lawsuit, the second class action lawsuit the firm filed in two weeks on behalf of individuals who received Ig shots, was filed in Suffolk County Superior Court.

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

07.06.2004

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, the owner of the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds were sickened as a result of eating Salmonella-contaminated food. The complaint, which was filed in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, asked the judge to allow plaintiffs to recover punitive damages.

Marler Clark files second lawsuit against Paramount Farms in almonds case

07.01.2004

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Renton, Washington, resident who suffered a Salmonella infection after consuming Paramount Farms raw almonds he purchased at Costco. The plaintiff became ill with Salmonellosis, and developed Reactive Arthritis secondary to his Salmonella infection.

Two new Salmonella lawsuits filed against Chili’s

06.29.2004

Marler Clark filed two additional lawsuits against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, the parent company of the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds were sickened a year ago as a result of eating contaminated food. The lawsuits were filed in Federal Court.

Class Action Lawsuit filed Against Friendly’s

06.28.2004

A class action lawsuit was filed against Friendly’s International, Inc., the owner of the Friendly’s restaurant located at 105 Broadway in Arlington, Massachusetts. Marler Clark filed the lawsuit on behalf of all individuals who were forced to receive Immune Globulin shots after being exposed to the hepatitis A virus at Friendly’s.

Sprouts recalled: salmonella outbreaks not uncommon, could be prevented

06.18.2004

Montana sprout producer Down to Earth Sprouts recalled alfalfa sprouts and mixed spicy sprouts after discovering they were potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts were grown from alfalfa seeds supplied by a producer whose seeds were previously linked to sprout recalls for potential Salmonella contamination in five states.

E. coli victim sues BJ’s Wholesale Club

06.17.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against BJ’s Wholesale Club on behalf of a New Jersey boy who was three years old when he suffered complications of an E. coli infection after eating contaminated ground beef purchased at BJ’s in 2002. The complaint, which was filed in United States District Court in Newark, sought compensation for the family’s significant medical-related expenses, economic losses, and pain and suffering.

Irradiating foods - One More Step to Preventing Illness in Our Schools

06.15.2004

Bill Marler’s opinion-editorial on food irradiation for the National School Lunch Program highlighted the need for safer food in the nation’s school food supply.

Marler Clark files fourth lawsuit against Chili’s

05.26.2004

Marler Clark filed its fourth lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, owner of the Vernon Hills Chili’s Grill & Bar. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court on behalf of a man who became seriously ill with a Salmonella infection, and suffered permanent injury, after eating catered, take-out food from Chili’s.

Paramount Farms sued in tainted almonds case

05.24.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against California-based almond producer, Paramount Farms. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Washington state, on behalf of a Kennewick, Washington, family.

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

04.30.2004

Four lawsuits were filed in Milwaukee County Superior Court against Excel, the company that is alleged to have supplied E. coli O157:H7-contaminated meat to two Milwaukee Sizzler restaurants connected to an outbreak that sickened dozens and killed one small child in July of 2000. The defendants also included Sysco of Eastern Wisconsin, the company that distributed the meat from Excel.

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

03.29.2004

Marler Clark launched http://www.hepatitislitigation.com in an effort to make the claims process easier for people who became ill with, or required immunization against, hepatitis A after eating at the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi’s restaurant in late October and early November of 2003.

Punitive Damages Claim Added to Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

03.22.2004

A federal court judge allowed victims of the Salmonella outbreak that occurred at a Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant in June 2003 to add claims for punitive damages to the four lawsuits pending against the restaurant’s owner, Brinker Restaurant Corporation. Marler Clark filed amended complaints on behalf of the firm’s clients who had already filed lawsuits against Chili’s and Brinker.

Attorneys’ Fees Donated to local High School for Scholarships

03.16.2004

Marler Clark donated $15,000 to Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Massachusetts, for scholarships. The check was a portion of attorneys’ fees from a class-action lawsuit that was filed on behalf of people in the Swansea area who received Immune Globulin shots to prevent Hepatitis A infections during the local Hepatitis A outbreak in the fall of 2001.

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

02.23.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in San Mateo Superior Court on behalf of the family of a Sequoias resident who died after eating E. coli O157:H7-contaminated spinach at the Sequoias Portola Valley retirement facility in October, 2003. The lawsuit was filed against Sodexho, Inc., the food provider for the Sequoias’ residents.

Third Food-Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Against Chili’s; First to Name Restaurant Manager as Defendant

02.03.2004

Marler Clark filed a third lawsuit against the company that owns the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds of people were sickened as a result of a Salmonella outbreak that was linked to “fecal/oral contamination of multiple food items” sold there.

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

01.13.2004

The Lake County Health Department issued its final report on the Chili’s Salmonella outbreak, declaring that “a large number of ill employees at the facility, [and] a general lack of handwashing” sickened hundreds of Chili’s customers when they consumed food contaminated with human feces. In what health officials have called “poor judgment,” the report notes that the decision to open the restaurant despite the lack of hot water one day, and any water the next, contributed to and exacerbated the spread of the salmonella to a greater number of people. The majority of the people made sick were sickened on these two days.

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

01.12.2004

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against a 29-year-old Olympia, Washington, resident who was charged with the November 2, 2003 death of a 47-year-old Kirkland, Washington, resident. The lawsuit was brought by the victim’s fiancé, on behalf of their daughter.

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