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2007 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.

ConAgra sued by Wisconsin resident sickened after eating Salmonella-tainted Banquet pot pie

12.12.2007

A lawsuit was filed today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet pot pies were identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak in October. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on behalf of Malone, Wisconsin, resident Eric Mand, who ate a Banquet pot pie in September and became ill with a Salmonella infection. Mr. Mand is represented by Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness.

Seattle law firm files sixth lawsuit against ConAgra over Salmonella-tainted pot pies

11.28.2007

Marler Clark filed a sixth lawsuit against ConAgra today on behalf of a victim of the Banquet pot pie Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The lawsuit was filed in Yakima County Superior Court on behalf of Yakima resident Renee Barnes, who became ill with a Salmonella infection in May, 2007 after consuming a Banquet pot pie manufactured by ConAgra.

Marler Clark files fifth lawsuit against ConAgra on behalf of man who ate tainted Banquet pot pie

11.13.2007

A Pasco, Washington man who became ill with Salmonella after eating a Banquet pot pie in September filed a lawsuit against ConAgra, the food manufacturer whose Banquet pot pies were recalled in October after they were identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Spokane by the Seattle law firm Marler Clark.

Michigan man sickened after eating pot pie files lawsuit against ConAgra

10.25.2007

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet and store-brand chicken and turkey pot pies were identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in September. The lawsuit was filed in Grand Traverse County Superior Court on behalf of Traverse City resident David Small.

Marler Clark files second E. coli lawsuit in Minnesota against Cargill

10.25.2007

Marler Clark filed the firm’s second E. coli lawsuit against Cargill today on behalf of Elk River, Minnesota, residents John and Barb Reber and their son, Scott, who became ill with an E. coli infection and was hospitalized for three days after eating a hamburger made from a Cargill ground beef patty. This lawsuit was filed in Sherburne County District Court

Marler Clark files second lawsuit against ConAgra on behalf of victim of Salmonella outbreak

10.18.2007

A lawsuit was filed today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet chicken and turkey pot pies were identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. The lawsuit was filed Snohomish County Superior Court on behalf of Snohomish County resident Eric Robertson, whose 2-year-old daughter, Rebecca, became ill with a Salmonella infection after eating a Banquet pot pie.

New York Couple Sues Topps: Punitive damages sought

10.17.2007

SEATTLE, WA (October 17, 2007) – A lawsuit seeking punitive damages was filed today against Topps, the New Jersey beef supplier that recalled nearly a year’s supply of frozen ground beef patties after its products were identified as the source of an E. coli outbreak in September. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Groton, New York, residents Keith and Kristin Goodwin and their 8-year-old son, Lucas, in Tompkins County Supreme Court by Seattle-based Marler Clark and Rochester-based Underberg & Kessler

Marler Clark to Cargill: Step up, pay victims’ medical bills

10.16.2007

Bill Marler, the Seattle attorney who has dedicated his law practice to representing victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness outbreaks, called today on Cargill to front medical costs for victims of an E. coli outbreak traced to the company’s frozen ground beef patties. Victims of the outbreak include families of children who have been hospitalized in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Marler Clark files E. coli lawsuit against Cargill

10.15.2007

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lin Minnesota against Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, the meat company whose frozen ground beef products were identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in September and October. The lawsuit was filed in Dakota County District Court on behalf of Dakota County residents Eric and Jennifer Gustafson and their two children, Callie and Carson, who both suffered E. coli infections after eating Cargill ground beef patties at a barbecue in September. Callie’s E. coli infection led to hemolytic uremic syndrome, and she was hospitalized for seven days.

Marler Clark files Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of child sickened after eating pot pie

10.11.2007

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against ConAgra, whose Banquet and store-brand pot pies were identified as the source of a nation-wide Salmonella outbreak that has caused at least 152 confirmed cases of Salmonellosis and 20 hospitalizations. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the State of Minnesota (case no. 07-4220) on behalf of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, residents Joshua and Amy Reinert and their daughter, Isabelle, who will be two years old in December.

William Marler, Food Safety Attorney, Urges ConAgra to Recall All Banquet Pot Pies Immediately

10.10.2007

William Marler called on ConAgra this morning “to do the right thing for its customers and to immediately recall all of its Banquet Pot Pies without question and without hesitation.” According to a press release this morning, the CDC announced, “The outbreak appears to be ongoing.” Marler added, “As of last night these products were still on store shelves and in fact were on sale – 2 for $1.00. ConAgra, the USDA and all health authorities, should put people’s safety above sales.”

Marler Clark E. coli attorneys file lawsuit against Topps

10.01.2007

A lawsuit was filed today against Topps Meat Company, the meat producer whose ground beef products have been identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, and who expanded a ground beef recall to include 21.7 million pounds of meat over the weekend. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Albany County, New York, residents Robert and Catherine McDonald and their young daughter, who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and was hospitalized after eating a hamburger made of Topps Meats ground beef on August 17th. The McDonald family is represented by the Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, and the upstate New York law firm Underberg & Kessler.

Marler Clark Calls on Topps to Pay E. Coli Victims’ Medical Bills and Wages

09.30.2007

Bill Marler, food safety advocate and E. coli attorney, whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, has been contacted by four victims of the E. coli outbreak traced to the Topps 21,700,000 pound hamburger recall, called today on Topps to pay the medical bills and lost wages of all individuals who became ill with E. coli infections as part of the outbreak. “We know that at least twenty-five people became ill with E. coli infections after eating Topps hamburger,” Marler said. “The cost of treating victims of E. coli infections can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, or in a severe case, even in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Marler continued. “These families need Topps to do more than promise to cooperate in the investigation into this outbreak. They need to know that Topps intends to fulfill its corporate responsibility by looking out for its customers.”

E. coli Lawyer Issues Statement Calling for Congressional Hearings on Meat Safety

09.29.2007

Earlier this year J. Patrick Boyle, President and Chief Executive of the American Meat Institute, wrote in part in the New York Times: “Since 1999, the incidence of E. coli in ground beef samples tested by the Agriculture Department has declined by 80 percent to a fraction of a percent, a level once thought impossible.”

“At the time I agreed with Mr. Boyle,” said William Marler. “In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli outbreaks linked to tainted meat declined by 42 percent. But something has changed, and it has not changed for the better.”

E. coli outbreak traced to Topps Meats

09.26.2007

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service yesterday announced that Topps Meat Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was recalling 331,582 pounds of frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall was prompted by a combined New York Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation into an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was determined to have been caused by consumption of Topps ground beef products.

Marler Clark files E. coli lawsuit against Oregon meat supplier

09.10.2007

A lawsuit was filed today against Interstate Meats, Inc., the Clackamas, Oregon meat producer whose ground beef products were identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among Washington, Oregon, and Idaho residents in July and August. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington by Marler Clark on behalf of a King County resident who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and was hospitalized for three days after eating Interstate Meats ground beef.

Attorney speaks out about recall of Salmonella-contaminated spinach

08.30.2007

Food safety attorney Bill Marler spoke out from across the globe today after hearing that bagged spinach has once again been recalled for contamination with a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. Nearly a year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 205 illnesses and three deaths associated with consumption of E. coli O157:H7-contaminated Dole-brand bagged spinach, Metz Fresh of King City, California, recalled 8,118 cases of spinach for potential Salmonella contamination.

Castleberry’s should pay botulism victims’ medical bills, attorney says

08.02.2007

Bill Marler, an attorney who has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, including victims of botulism poisoning, called on Castleberry’s, the company whose chili and dog food products were recalled last month due to contamination with Clostridium botulinum, to pay all botulism outbreak victims’ medical bills today.

Marler Clark files two more lawsuits against Pars Cove

08.02.2007

The owners of Pars Cove Persian Cuisine were named as the defendant in two more lawsuits filed today in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of three plaintiffs all of whom became ill with Salmonella infections days after eating at the Pars Cove booth at the Taste of Chicago festival. All plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark LLP, a Seattle-based law firm.

Seattle lawyers represent Romeoville couple in Salmonella lawsuit against Pars Cove

07.24.2007

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against Iran Echo International Corp., the owner of the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth that was identified as the source of a large Salmonella outbreak at this year’s Taste of Chicago festival. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of Kenneth and Donna Searcy, a Romeoville, Illinois, couple who ate food from the Pars Cove Taste of Chicago booth on July 2, and subsequently became ill with Salmonellosis.

Signs and Symptoms of Botulism

07.20.2007

On Wednesday July 18, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about the risk of botulism poisoning from hot dog chili sauce marketed under a variety of brand names. The warning came after two Texas children and an Indiana couple who ate these products became ill with botulism and were hospitalized.

Classic symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. These are all symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin.

Marler Clark, parents of triplets file Salmonella lawsuit against Veggie Booty manufacturer

07.16.2007

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. today in Albany County Supreme Court in New York. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Voorheesville, New York residents Patrick and Elex Scheels and two of their 20-month-old triplets who became ill with Salmonella Wandsworth infections after consuming Veggie Booty in April.

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Against Veggie Booty Manufacturer

07.02.2007

A lawsuit was filed today in Federal District Court for the Western District of New York against Robert’s American Gourmet, the manufacturer of Veggie Booty, the snack food that was recalled on June 28 after public health officials identified the product as the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Valparaiso, Indiana, residents David and Ashlee Allen, whose 18-month-old son, Xavier, became ill with a severe Salmonella infection after eating Salmonella-contaminated Veggie Booty in May, and continues to suffer from the effects of Salmonella.

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

06.29.2007

William Marler, a food safety advocate and attorney whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, has been contacted by five victims of a Salmonella outbreak traced to the consumption of Veggie Booty snack food, which is marketed by Robert’s American Gourmet, of Sea Cliff, New York, today called on the manufacturer to pay the medical bills of all individuals who became ill with Salmonella infections as part of the outbreak.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Fresno Meat Market

06.25.2007

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Meat Market, a Fresno, California, business that was identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in May. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an 80-year-old Fresno resident who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and was hospitalized for 15 days with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection that caused his kidneys to fail, after eating “tri-tip” purchased from the Meat Market and served at a graduation party.

First suit filed against UFG by E. coli victim

06.15.2007

The first lawsuit stemming from an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to ground beef produced by United Food Group, Inc. (UFG) was filed yesterday in Riverside County Superior Court, in California. The lawsuit was filed against UFG by Seattle-based Marler Clark and San Diego-based Gordon and Holmes on behalf of a Hemet, California, couple whose four-year-old daughter became ill with an E. coli infection and was hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after eating UFG ground beef.

E. coli lawsuit filed against Minnesota meat supplier, grocer

06.13.2007

A lawsuit was filed today against PM Beef Holdings, LLC and Lund Food Holdings, Inc., the producer and retailer who sold E. coli-contaminated ground beef traced to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin residents in April, 2007. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Anne Herwig, a Minneapolis, Minnesota, resident who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection and was hospitalized after eating contaminated ground beef in April. Ms. Herwig is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm with a long track record of successfully representing victims of foodborne illness.

Marler Clark: Recent E. coli outbreaks traced to meat products ‘cause for concern’

06.07.2007

Marler Clark has been retained by victims of many recent E. coli outbreaks, and has been contacted by several more who are seeking legal representation. Bill Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark, commented on the recent outbreaks: “This up-tick in E. coli cases traced to meat products is certainly cause for concern. I hope we’re not seeing a reversal in all the progress that has been made in recent years to curb E. coli contamination in meat processing plants.”

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

05.17.2007

Two victims of the 2005 E. coli outbreak traced to a petting zoo at the Florida Strawberry Festival resolved claims brought against the festival last week. Both victims, a woman and a young child, suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome and required extensive medical treatment, including dialysis, after contracting E. coli O157:H7 at the 2005 Florida Strawberry Festival.

National class action lawsuit filed over poisoned peanut butter

02.20.2007

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.

Peanut butter manufacturer sued by Missouri family

02.16.2007

A Salmonella lawsuit was filed Friday in Missouri against ConAgra, the Omaha, Nebraska-based food company whose Georgia peanut butter plant was traced as the source of a Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Buchannan County, Missouri, couple and their two children. The family is represented by Seattle-based Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm that has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, and Springfield, Missouri-based Aleshire, Robb & Sivils.

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

02.16.2007

A New York family filed suit against ConAgra this afternoon in United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The lawsuit was filed by Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm that filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri family early Friday, and Rochester, New York, attorney Paul Nunes. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Nicolas Avalone and Tracy Hubright of Ontario, New York.

Class Action Lawsuit to be Filed against Houlihan’s Friday

01.25.2007

A class action lawsuit will be filed on January 26th against Houlihan’s, the Geneva, Illinois, restaurant where a food worker was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The lawsuit will be filed in Kane County Circuit Court on behalf of named plaintiff Rebecca Johnson, a Genoa, Illinois, resident who dined at Houlihan’s with her family on January 19, 2007, and all other persons who were exposed to the hepatitis A virus at Houlihan’s between January 8 and January 19, and were forced to receive Immune Globulin shots to prevent becoming ill with hepatitis A.

Third E. coli Lawsuit Filed against Taco John’s by Seattle Law Firm

01.17.2007

Marler Clark filed its third lawsuit on behalf of a victim of last year’s E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed against Taco John’s in Minnesota state court in Albert Lea on behalf of an Albert Lea resident and her young son who was one of at least 33 Minnesota residents who became ill with E. coli infections after eating contaminated food at Taco John’s restaurants in late November and early December, 2006.

What to do about the “Mad Cow”

01.07.2007

An Opinion-Editorial regarding the nation’s food supply, written by Bill Marler after a cow in Washington State tested positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy “BSE,” or “Mad Cow” Disease.

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