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2005 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.

Attorneys for Spraypark victims seek certification for class action lawsuit

12.19.2005

Marler Clark filed a motion Friday for certification of a class action lawsuit against the State of New York Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation. If the class action is certified, all persons who became ill with Cryptosporidiosis and/or were otherwise damaged as a result of the Cryptosporidium outbreak at the Seneca Lake State Park Spraypark in 2005 would be eligible to join the class and receive compensation for their injuries and economic damages.

Lawsuit filed against parsley grower linked to Washington, Oregon E. coli outbreaks

11.23.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against an Oregon farm that produced E. coli-contaminated parsley, which was served at a number of restaurants in Oregon and Washington state. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Bremerton, Washington, resident who became ill with an E. coli infection after eating at the Boat House restaurant.

E. coli lawsuit filed against meat supplier, grocer

11.03.2005

An E. coli lawsuit was filed Thursday against Topps Meat Company and Price Chopper. The lawsuit was filed in Albany County Supreme Court on behalf of Albany County residents Darrell and Laurie Boehlke and their 8-year-old daughter, Erika, who became ill after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen.

Marler Clark files third E. coli lawsuit against Dole

11.01.2005

Marler Clark filed a third E. coli lawsuit against Dole in United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Minneapolis resident and her two minor daughters. The lawsuit alleges that both sisters were confirmed by the health department to be part of the outbreak that affected at least 23 people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Dole bagged salads at the end of September.

E. coli Infections Traced to Contaminated Parsley

10.31.2005

Over a dozen people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Oregon and Washington in September and October, 2005. The illnesses were traced to contaminated parsley consumed in at least two, and possibly more, restaurants.

Health officials look for source of Bend E. coli outbreak

10.24.2005

Marler Clark learned that the Deschutes County Public Health Department was investigating the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that originated at McGrath’s Fish House in Bend, Oregon. Two cases were confirmed by the health department, and at least 18 other people presented with symptoms of E. coli infection.

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

10.14.2005

Bill Marler called on Dole’s corporate leaders to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical bills and wage loss of those sickened with E. coli in the Dole lettuce outbreak. Marler Clark represents consumers sickened after eating contaminated lettuce produced by Dole.

E. coli Lettuce Suit Filed Against Dole

10.13.2005

The Dole Company, Inc., whose ready-to-eat salads were linked to a large E. coli outbreak and multiple hospitalizations, was named as defendant in a lawsuit filed by a Fairmont, Minnesota, couple. The plaintiffs were represented by Marler Clark. The FDA reported that as many as 245,000 bags of Dole lettuce may have been contaminated with the lethal bacteria.

“Something’s Happening Here”

10.11.2005

In the last few months, Marler Clark has been contacted by individuals, mostly the parents of young children, who have suffered from E. coli O157:H7 infections. The victims live in New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Oregon. The food implicated as the source of their infections is primarily ground beef or hamburger patties, but lettuce and parsley have also been implicated. To borrow from Buffalo Springfield, “Something’s happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.”

Bagged “Pre-Washed” Lettuce: Is Convenience Worth the Risk?

10.10.2005

At least 23 Minnesotans were ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating bagged, pre-washed lettuce. 245,000 bags of lettuce were recalled for potential E. coli contamination nationwide, and some of the recalled lettuce was found to be contaminated with the same E. coli that sickened the 23 Minnesotans. E. coli attorney William Marler asks, “Is the convenience worth the risk?” What more needs to be done to prevent future outbreaks?

Hearing Wednesday in Spraypark Case

10.04.2005

Attorneys appeared before the State of New York Court of Claims in Syracuse on Wednesday, October 5, at 11:00 a.m. to argue that the State of New York should provide notice of a potential claim to all persons exposed to the gastrointestinal parasite Cryptosporidium from water at the Spraypark in June, July, and August, 2005.

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

09.30.2005

Minnesota health officials warned residents to throw out prepackaged Dole lettuce purchased from Rainbow Foods Stores in the Twin Cities area between September 13 and September 16 because of the potential for the lettuce to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDOH) announced that at least eleven people, ranging in age from 3 to 68 years old, had reported becoming ill after eating the contaminated lettuce; two were hospitalized.

Lawsuit filed against cafeteria company, CL Swanson, for Rochelle Foods Salmonella outbreak

09.19.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in Ogle County Circuit Court in Rochelle, Illinois, on Thursday, against the C.L. Swanson Corporation. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Lee County, Illinois, resident who works at Rochelle Foods, Inc. The named Defendant, C.L. Swanson Corporation, runs the cafeteria service at the plant.

About-Salmonella website is resource for families of children stricken with Salmonella

09.16.2005

At least 70 children exhibited symptoms of Salmonella poisoning after attending an etiquette dinner at the City Club in Gastonia, North Carolina, in September, 2005. Marler Clark, the Seattle-based law firm nationally recognized for its successful representation of victims of foodborne illness, was contacted by several families whose children became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the City Club.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against New York Office of State Parks

09.13.2005

Marler Clark filed a class action complaint against the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The lawsuit, which was filed in the State of New York Court of Claims, was filed on behalf of nearly 4,000 people who became ill with Cryptosporidiosis after visiting the Spraypark at Seneca Lake State Park in July and August, 2005. The named plaintiffs in the lawsuit were a Monroe County couple, and their three children, who became ill with Cryptosporidium infections after visiting the Spraypark in late July.

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

09.01.2005

Marler Clark filed a notice of claim against the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The notice indicated the intent to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of over 3,200 people who became ill with Cryptosporidiosis after visiting the Sprayground at Seneca Lake State Park in July and August, 2005.

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

08.25.2005

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 72-year-old Jackson County, North Carolina resident who became ill with Salmonellosis after consuming Orchid Island unpasteurized orange juice while dining at a restaurant with her husband. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

E. coli attorneys call for legislation to protect visitors at fairs and petting zoos

08.24.2005

Portland television station KGW reported that at least three people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after visiting the Clark County Fair in Clark County, Washington, during August, 2005. In April, 2005, William Marler of Marler Clark wrote letters to Washington State legislators on both the House and Senate Agriculture committees to encourage them to put into place requirements for fair and petting zoo operators that would reduce the likelihood of bacterial contamination among fairgoers.

Ohio E. coli may be part of multi-state outbreak

08.22.2005

Three confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 in Fayette County, Ohio, may be linked to a larger, multi-state outbreak of the bacterial infection, according to a story in the Washington Court House Record Herald. When ingested, E. coli O157:H7 attaches itself to the inside surface of the large intestine and causes inflammation of the intestinal wall.

Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Seneca Lake State Park Preventable

08.19.2005

During the ten years between 1989 and 1999, recreational water venues were associated with approximately 170 outbreaks. Of those outbreaks, nearly half resulted in gastrointestinal illness from such pathogens as Cryptosporidium, E. coli O157:H7, and Shigella.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Olive Garden

08.03.2005

An E. coli lawsuit was filed Monday in Multnomah County, Oregon, Circuit Court against the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Troutdale, Oregon, resident who became ill with an E. coli infection after eating at the restaurant’s Gresham store in April 2005.

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

07.21.2005

Marler Clark filed a second Salmonella lawsuit was filed against Orchid Island Juice Company of Fort Pierce, Florida, in US District court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Caldwell, West Virginia, resident who became ill with a Salmonella infection after consuming Orchid Island unpasteurized orange juice.

Marler Clark Calls on FDA to Ban Sale of Unpasteurized Juices

07.13.2005

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 8 that Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida was recalling unpasteurized orange juice after fifteen cases of Salmonella Typhimurium were traced to consumption of Orchid Island orange juice. Bill Marler of Marler Clark again called on the FDA to completely ban the sale of all unpasteurized juices. Presently, the FDA does not require juice companies to pasteurize juice, and no longer requires producers of unpasteurized juice to provide warning labels on their juice products.

Norovirus lawsuit filed against Blimpie’s

06.26.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Blimpie’s Restaurant that was the source of a Norovirus outbreak in early May, 2005. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Grand Rapids resident who became ill with Norovirus after eating sub sandwiches purchased at the Blimpie’s Restaurant located at 1040 Leonard NW.

More plaintiffs seek punitive damages in lawsuit against airline caterer

06.23.2005

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Gate Gourmet, the airline caterer responsible for an August, 2004 Shigella outbreak among passengers on outbound flights departing from Honolulu Airport. The complaint, which was filed in United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, was filed on behalf of seven more victims of the outbreak.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Milton-Freewater Rehabilitation Center

06.14.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Evergreen Milton-Freewater Rehabilitation Center on behalf of the estate of an elderly resident who suffered debilitating injuries while in the care of the rehabilitation center. The lawsuit stated that both of Ms. White’s legs were fractured when an employee who was transferring her from her bed to a chair dropped her.

Plaintiffs Added to Salmonella Lawsuit

06.09.2005

Marler Clark added three ill persons to the list of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Santa Fe Foods, owner of the Café Santa Fe restaurant in Benton, Arkansas. What was initially reported as a relatively small Salmonella outbreak in early May, with nine ill individuals reporting illness, ballooned into a large outbreak with dozens of people reporting illness to the Saline County Health Department and Arkansas Department of Health. An amended complaint was filed in Saline County Circuit Court.

Salmonella lawsuit filed against Old South Restaurant

06.01.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Old South Restaurant in Camden, South Carolina. The lawsuit was filed in Kershaw County Circuit Court on behalf of a New Richmond, Ohio, resident who became ill with Salmonellosis after eating at the Old South restaurant in May of 2005.

Shigella lawsuit filed against airline caterer

05.19.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida man who fell ill after eating contaminated food while on a flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Minneapolis, Minnesota in August of 2004. The food that served on the man’s flight was contaminated with Shigella bacteria, a dangerous foodborne pathogen that causes severe gastrointestinal illness. The lawsuit was filed in Hawaii circuit court against Gate Gourmet, Inc., a food and beverage company that services the airline industry.

Benton Restaurant Sued by Salmonella Outbreak Victim

05.12.2005

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Santa Fe Foods, owner of the Café Santa Fe restaurant in Benton, Arkansas. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Saline County, Arkansas, resident who became ill with Salmonella after eating at the Café Santa Fe restaurant in April, 2005.

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

05.02.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Florida Strawberry Festival and AgVenture Farm Shows. The lawsuit was filed in Hillsborough County, Florida, Circuit Court on behalf of a Pinellas County resident who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after visiting the 2005 Florida Strawberry Festival.

Foodborne illness web site offers resources on common causes of food poisoning

05.02.2005

Foodborne illnesses, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and Hepatitis A, have been the topic of news reports across the nation in recent months. With media attention on product recalls and outbreaks comes consumers’ need to know about foodborne pathogens. Marler Clarkre-launched its Web site about foodborne illness, http://www.foodborneillness.com, in mid-April.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Elmira restaurant

04.26.2005

Marler Clark filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Maple Lawn Dairy Family Restaurant on behalf of the estate of a Chemung County, New York, resident who contracted hepatitis A after eating at the restaurant in October, 2004 and died on March 13, 2005 after suffering complications of hepatitis A infection, including liver failure.

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

04.22.2005

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced new guidelines for human-animal interaction at fairs and petting zoos. It required the separation of animals and children at petting zoos, as well as the presence of multiple hand washing stations and warnings to the public of the risk of disease spread by animals. Bill Marler wrote that these guidelines all make sense, but they are only guidelines in an Opinion-Editorial piece.

Major Health Risks Associated with Hepatitis A

04.14.2005

The East Tennessee Regional Health Department announced that it was investigating five confirmed and three suspected cases of hepatitis A in Campbell County. Three people were hospitalized with acute hepatitis A infections.

Marler clark calls for legislation to protect vicitors at petting zoos

04.06.2005

Marler Clark called on legislators nation-wide to put into law requirements for the protection of petting zoo visitors. Proposed requirements included increasing signage and warnings about health risks associated with human-animal contact, providing adequate handwashing facilities at strategic locations throughout petting zoos, and designing petting zoos with the intent of reducing the risks of human contact with animal feces.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Florida Petting Zoo

04.01.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Ag-Venture Farm Shows, the petting zoo at the center of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Central Florida State Fair in Orlando, the Florida State Fair in Tampa, and the 2005 Florida Strawberry Festival. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an Orlando resident who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after attending the Central Florida State Fair.

Lightning strikes the same spot twice

03.24.2005

Bill Marler’s editorial on the Florida E. coli outbreak that was traced to petting zoo animals exhibited at the Florida State Fair, Central Florida Fair, and Florida Strawberry Festival. All the animals that tested positive for E. coli were owned by AgVenture Farms, of Plant City. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported that 22 people had confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection. Over a dozen children were in critical condition in Orlando-area hospitals with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a potentially life-threatening cause of kidney failure.

Marler Clark files Salmonella lawsuit against paramount farms on behalf of clients sickened after ea

03.23.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of individuals who became ill with Salmonella Enteriditis infections after eating Paramount Farms brand raw almonds between September, 2003 and May, 2004. The lawsuit was filed in the South Judicial District of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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

03.23.2005

Five children were in critical condition in Florida hospitals, suffering from a complication of what appears to be E. coli O157:H7 infections, known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). All children visited petting zoos before the onset of symptoms and state and local health officials were working to determine the source of the outbreak. Recently, twelve children suffered from HUS after attending a petting zoo at the 2004 North Carolina State Fair in October and November.

Woodford County Shigella outbreak sickens at least nine day care and elementary school children

03.10.2005

Woodford County, Kentucky health officials warned parents that nine children were ill with confirmed cases of Shigellosis, the illness caused by the Shigella bacterium. Shigella causes fever, painful abdominal cramping, and diarrhea.

At least 29 students die of possible cyanide poisoning after eating food served at school

03.09.2005

At least 29 pupils at San Jose Elementary School in Magini, Bohol, Philippines died of cyanide poisoning after eating carmelized cassava roots. Health officials said 50 pupils were in critical condition, and at least 100 students became ill with food poisoning after being served the sweetened cassava roots at school.

Food safety advocates speak out about need for single food safety agency

02.24.2005

A draft of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on food safety was released in February, 2005. The report, which was addressed to several members of Congress, is titled, “Experiences of Seven Countries in Consolidating Their Food Safety Systems,” and it assesses the establishment of single agencies dedicated to food safety management by Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Bill Marler commented on the need for the United States to develop a single food safety agency.

School Lunch - Safe?

02.16.2005

At least twenty fourth grade students became ill after eating undercooked chicken served at the New Brighton, Pennsylvania, school cafeteria. Reports indicate that at least thirty servings of undercooked chicken were served at the school, and that the children became ill shortly after eating their lunch. National School Lunch Program was created to provide the opportunity for children across the United States to receive at least one healthy meal every school day, but are the meals served to children safe?

Grants Pass restaurant sued over Norovirus outbreak

01.31.2005

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Si Casa Flores, the Grants Pass restaurant linked to a Norovirus outbreak during the first week of January, 2005. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Grants Pass men in Josephine County Circuit Court.

Dangers of eating sushi emphasized after E. coli outbreak at Reno restaurant

01.14.2005

In light of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened several people who ate at Sushi Pier 2 in Reno during December, 2004, the Marler Clark attorneys called the public’s attention to the dangers of eating raw food.

About-Salmonella website is resource for victims of outbreak linked to Amarillo Restaurant

01.13.2005

Amarillo Environmental Health officials traced a Salmonella outbreak to the Tacos Garcia restaurant located at 1100 Ross Street. At least twelve patrons who ate together at the restaurant on January 4, 2005, became ill with Salmonella poisoning. Four members of the group submitted stool samples that tested positive for the bacteria, and all members were epidemiologically linked to the outbreak.

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