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2006 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 Attorney Calls on Taco John’s to Pay Victims’ Medical Bills

12.19.2006

William Marler called on Taco John’s to pay the medical bills of all individuals who became ill with E. coli infections as part of the outbreak. “We know that at least 26 people were hospitalized during this outbreak,” Marler said. “Some families are already facing bills in the tens of thousands of dollars. It’s only right that Taco John’s should step up and pay all victims’ medical bills.”

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

12.19.2006

Marler Clark filed its second lawsuit against Taco John’s on behalf of a victim of the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was traced to contaminated lettuce served at Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on behalf of a Waterloo, Iowa, resident.

Taco John’s sued in E. coli case

12.14.2006

Taco John’s was sued Thursday in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa over an E. coli outbreak at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa location. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Cedar Falls couple whose nine-year-old daughter is hospitalized with an E. coli infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

19 New Jersey residents ill in latest E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

12.04.2006

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in New Jersey has sickened at least 19 people, most of whom reported eating at New Jersey Taco Bell restaurants in the days before they became ill with symptoms of E. coli infections. The victims range in age from one to 23 years old. Seven remain hospitalized, two with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection.

Tomatoes source of Salmonella outbreak

11.03.2006

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that at least 183 people in 18 states had been confirmed ill with Salmonellosis as part of a nation-wide outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium infections that has been traced to contaminated tomatoes. Twenty-two people were hospitalized during the outbreak, which peaked in September and is now over.

Family of Nebraska spinach E. coli victim files suit

10.31.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of an 81-year-old Nebraska resident who died after suffering complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection traced to contaminated spinach. “John Doe Farms” is named as a defendant, along with Dole Food Company, Natural Selections Foods, and No Frills Supermarkets.

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

09.20.2006

William Marler, a nationally-recognized food safety advocate and attorney, today called on the spinach industry “to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical bills for the victims of this most recent outbreak traced to E. coli-contaminated spinach.” Marler noted that, in other large outbreaks, companies such as Jack in the Box, Odwalla, Chi-Chi’s and Sheetz advanced medical costs for outbreak victims whose illnesses were traced to their food products.

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

09.19.2006

Marler Clark has retained the Buffalo-Rochester based law firm Underberg & Kessler to assist them with litigation resulting from the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to bagged spinach. Marler Clark has filed lawsuits on behalf of Wisconsin, Oregon, and Utah residents, and is currently investigating claims on behalf of New York residents who have contacted the firm in regards to potential legal claims stemming from the outbreak.

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

09.18.2006

On Monday, Seattle-based Marler Clark will file another lawsuit on behalf of a victim of the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to contaminated spinach. The lawsuit will be filed against Natural Selection Foods, LLC and National Selection Foods

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

09.15.2006

A Milwaukee family filed suit against Dole today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The lawsuit was filed by Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm that filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon woman on Thursday

Dole sued by Oregon E. coli victim

09.14.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Dole in United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Gwyn Wellborn, a Salem, Oregon woman who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating Dole brand baby spinach.

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Against San Diego Restaurant

09.13.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Filiberto’s, the Arizona restaurant chain whose restaurant located at 3446 University Avenue in San Diego was traced as the source of a food poisoning outbreak in late August, 2006. The lawsuit was filed in San Diego County Superior Court on behalf of Nicole Lewis, a San Diego resident who ate at the restaurant and subsequently became ill with Shigellosis, an illness caused by ingestion of the Shigella bacterium.

Salmonella lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart

09.07.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the company whose Greenwood, Indiana, store was the source of a Salmonella outbreak between May and August, 2006. The lawsuit was filed in Johnson County Superior Court on behalf of Ryan Merritt, a Greenwood resident whose son became violently ill and was hospitalized after consuming foods purchased at the Wal-Mart deli.

E. coli information available on Web

08.31.2006

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department reported that Ryan’s Restaurant in Hixson, Tennessee, was the potential source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in the Tennessee Valley earlier this summer. Seven of eight individuals who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections as part of the outbreak reported eating at the restaurant, located at 5104 Hixson Pike, between July 8 and July 20. Four children from one family all became ill, with at least one child needing supportive care when she developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Family Sues Wendy’s over E. coli Poisoning

08.11.2006

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against Wendy’s, the Dublin, Ohio-based restaurant chain whose North Ogden, Utah, restaurant was traced as the source of an E. coli O121:H19 outbreak in late June, 2006. The complaint, which was filed in Weber County Superior Court, seeks compensation for the family’s significant medical-related expenses, economic losses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Golf course restaurant employee tests positive for hepatitis A

07.27.2006

The Dare County, North Carolina Department of Public Health issued a warning to all patrons who ate at the Player’s Grille at Nags Head Golf Links on July 14 and 18, 2006. A restaurant employee who worked at the Player’s Grille on those days was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, a virus that can lead to liver failure. Because the employee was infectious while working, the Dare County Health Department is encouraging all people who ate at the restaurant on July 14 and 18 to receive Immune globulin injections to prevent hepatitis A infection.

Class action status granted in Spraypark case

07.14.2006

A class action lawsuit filed against the State of New York was certified today. The class certification ruling allows all persons who were damaged as a result of the Cryptosporidium outbreak at the Seneca Lake State Park Spraypark in 2005 to join the class and receive compensation for their injuries and economic damages. The motion requesting certification of the class was filed in December of 2005.

E. coli information available on Web

07.13.2006

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been traced to a Sidney, Nebraska, day care center. At least four children between the ages of nine and 18 months who were being cared for in the Blues Clues Room at Here Wee Grow day care center in Sidney have become ill with E. coli infection. http://www.about-ecoli.com provides information related to the symptoms and risks associated with E. coli O157:H7 infection, how E. coli is detected, possible ways to prevent infection, and recent news associated with outbreaks.

Salmonella lawsuits filed against Fern Hill Country Club

06.29.2006

Marler Clark filed three lawsuits Tuesday against the Fern Hill Country Club, the caterer whose pastries were traced as the source of a Salmonella outbreak among attendees at receptions held at the Macomb County Community College Performing Arts Center following two Donny Osmond concerts in April, 2005.

Macon County E. coli outbreak sends two children to hospital with kidney failure

06.28.2006

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been traced to a Macon County, Tennessee, day care center. The Tennessee Department of Health reported that nine children became ill with E. coli infections, after being exposed to an ill child at Paulette’s Group Day Care Home. Two of the children were admitted to Children’s Hospital after the E. coli bacteria caused their kidneys to shut down.

Tillamook hepatitis A outbreak at Sharky’s restaurant cause for public health concern

06.19.2006

A hepatitis A outbreak was traced to Sharky’s restaurant in Tillamook, Oregon. Marler Clark encouraged residents of Tillamook County to be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A infection and stressed the importance of proper hygiene in the prevention of the further spread of illness.

Seattle attorney investigating Salmonella outbreak traced to Café Barbette

06.13.2006

Bill Marler is in Minneapolis, finalizing settlements from the Dole E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, and investigating a Salmonella outbreak traced to an Uptown Minneapolis restaurant. At least 20 people became ill after eating at Cafe Barbette on June 5th and 6th.

Monett, Lawrence County, Missouri E. coli Outbreak is Threat to Public Health

05.23.2006

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Lawrence County, Missouri, was suspected after one Monett resident was confirmed positive with E. coli O157:H7 infection, and five others exhibited symptoms of the bacterial infection. A public health investigation was underway, and Marler Clark encouraged individuals to take precautions to prevent the further spread of illness.

Victim of Bravo norovirus outbreak files suit

05.15.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ingham County, Michigan, woman who was one of at least 360 people sickened as part of a foodborne illness outbreak that was traced to the Bravo Italian Cucina in Lansing, Michigan in early May, 2006.

Food poisoning outbreak hits another Lansing restaurant

05.12.2006

The Ingham County Health Department has traced at least 200 illnesses to a Lansing Township restaurant. Customers who ate at Bravo Italian Kitchen in Eastwood Towne Center in early May have become ill with an apparent foodborne illness.

Toledo E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated fruit served by caterer

04.19.2006

A preliminary investigation report released by the Ohio Department of Health pointed to contaminated fruit served at seven catered events in the Toledo area as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened 14 people and killed one woman last September. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of E. coli infection that can lead to organ failure, central nervous system impairment, and death.

Two Vancouver residents dead after Norovirus outbreak at retirement center

04.07.2006

A norovirus outbreak at a retirement center in Vancouver, Washington, sickened over 40 people, and left two people dead. The Norovirus causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms, and is especially dangerous for the elderly.

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

03.17.2006

Attorneys from Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler, and Dreyer Boyajian will appear before the State of New York Court of Claims in Syracuse on Monday, March 20th, at 10:00 am to argue a motion in favor of the certification of a class action lawsuit against the State of New York Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation.

“Put me out of business, please.”

03.01.2006

On March 1, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued additional Guidelines “for the Safe Production of Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables.” Bill Marler commented on the guidelines in an opinion-editorial.

More film crew members file hepatitis A lawsuit

02.22.2006

Three film crew members who became ill with hepatitis A while working on the set of “The Good German” filed a lawsuit yesterday against Silver Grill Location Catering and Soleil Produce, Inc. The suit contends that the three men were sickened after eating a meal served by Silver Grill at a filming location in San Marino, California, on October 3, 2005. According to the suit, the contaminated lettuce was supplied by Soleil Produce.

Victim of Corky & Lenny’s Salmonella outbreak files suit

02.15.2006

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today on behalf of a Cuyahoga County woman who became ill with Salmonella and was hospitalized for four days after eating at Corky & Lenny’s on February 2. Ms. Silver is one of 16 people who were confirmed ill with Salmonella infections by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

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

02.14.2006

Marler Clark will file a lawsuit today against Carrabba’s Italian Grill, the Lansing restaurant that was the source of a Norovirus outbreak that sickened over 400 people in late January and early February, 2006. The lawsuit will be filed in Eaton County Circuit Court, on behalf of a Lansing resident who ate at the restaurant on January 31, 2006, and subsequently became ill with Norovirus.

Marler Clark files fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole

02.14.2006

Marler Clark, the nationally recognized food safety law firm, filed a fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole on Friday. The firm has now filed three lawsuits against Dole on behalf of Minnesotans. The most recent lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Hennepin County woman who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating Dole pre-packaged lettuce in September, 2005.

Food safety law firm representing victims of Cleveland-area Salmonella outbreak

02.13.2006

Marler Clark has been contacted by victims of a Salmonella outbreak that health officials have traced to Corky and Lenny’s Restaurant in Woodmere, and is investigating claims on behalf of all individuals who contact the firm. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has traced 12 confirmed and 41 probable cases of Salmonellosis to the restaurant since last Monday.

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

02.10.2006

Cuyahoga County health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak in the Cleveland area that likely originated at Corky and Lenny’s restaurant in Woodmere. At least ten people were ill with symptoms of Salmonella infections, six of them with confirmed cases of Salmonella.

Lawsuit Filed in LA-Area Hepatitis A Outbreak Case

02.07.2006

The first of what may be multiple lawsuits resulting from recent Los Angeles-area hepatitis A outbreaks was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Victorville, California resident, names Silver Grill Location Catering as the defendant. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Gallagher contracted hepatitis A after consuming contaminated food manufactured and sold by Silver Grill.

Yamhill County outbreak cause for concern

02.03.2006

A Shigella outbreak in Yamhill County likely originated from food served at Tommy’s Restaurant in McMinnville between January 23 and January 27. Several people have become ill with Shigellosis, and health officials are warning residents to use safe food handling practices and proper hygiene to prevent the further spread of illness.

Foodborne illness Web site is resource for victims of Lansing outbreak

02.02.2006

More than 50 people became ill with an apparent foodborne illness after eating at Carraba’s Italian Grill on West Saginaw in Lansing last weekend. While public health officials work to discover the bacteria or virus making people ill, those sickened may be turning to the Internet for information on common causes of foodborne illness. http://www.FoodborneIllness.com provides information for consumers and the media about common causes of foodborne illness.

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

01.13.2006

4,991 individuals who obtained immune globulin shots for immunization during the November 2003 hepatitis A outbreak associated with the Chi Chi’s restaurant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, will be receiving settlement checks in the coming weeks. The US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved an $800,000 settlement on December 15, 2005, entitling class members who completed claim forms before the October 24, 2005, deadline to $160.29.

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