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2008 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.

Top Ten Food Safety Challenges of 2009

12.30.2008

Bill Marler, food safety advocate and managing partner of foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark, asked the food safety community to weigh in on the most pressing food safety challenges for the coming year.  As with the “Top Ten Food Safety Stories of 2008”, there was no shortage of contenders.

Bill Marler’s top Ten Food Safety Stories of 2008

12.19.2008

Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler (of Seattle foodborne illness powerhouse Marler Clark) polled his wide range of contacts in the food safety community, and assembled a list of the top ten food safety stories of 2008.  Comments can be read (and made) at http://www.marlerblog.com.

Washington State the Latest Victim in Surge of E. coli Outbreaks

10.21.2008

At least 14 E. coli illnesses are reported in Washington State, where officials are still working to find the source of the infections.  Ten are sick in Vermont, traced to contaminated beef, and an outbreak in Ontario, Canada has made at least 159 ill.  In September, an outbreak that sickened more than 45 people in Michigan, Illinois, and Canada was traced to contaminated lettuce.  Also in September, 17 illnesses in Colorado were traced to a restaurant, but no ingredient has yet been targeted as the culprit.  And this is the off-season.

University of Michigan Student Files E. coli Lawsuit Against Aunt Mid’s Produce

10.20.2008

Another E. coli lawsuit was filed today against Detroit-based Aunt Mid’s Produce in the aftermath of a lettuce-borne outbreak linked to the company.  The complaint was filed in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court on behalf of a University of Michigan senior sickened in the outbreak.  The plaintiff is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle food borne illness law firm, and by Michael Heilmann of the Detroit-area attorney Michael Heilmann.

Vermont Recall Part of Dangerous Trend

10.17.2008

The E. coli illnesses of ten Vermont residents have been traced tainted beef from the Vermont Livestock, Slaughter, and Processing Company in Ferrisburgh.  The USDA has recalled 2,758 pounds of ground beef from the company, and has put out warnings for consumers. 

University of Colorado Student Files E. coli Lawsuit Against Jimmy John’s

10.15.2008

A University of Colorado student infected with E. coli O157:H7 filed suit yesterday in the District Court of Boulder County.  The petition was filed on behalf of CU sophomore and Boulder resident Katie Pendelton.  Ms. Pendelton is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle foodborne illness law firm, and by Kara Knowles of the Denver-area firm Montgomery, Little, Soran & Murray.

First E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Aunt Mid’s Produce

10.09.2008

CLARIFICATION:  The Michigan Health Department has linked illnesses to lettuce produced by Aunt Mid’s produce.  To date, no left-over lettuce has tested positive for the E. coli bacteria.

The first lawsuit stemming from a recent lettuce-borne E. coli outbreak was filed today in the Circuit Court for Ingham County, Michigan against Aunt Mid’s Produce.  The petition was filed on behalf of Michigan State University (MSU) student and East Lansing resident Samantha Steffen.  Ms. Steffen is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle food borne illness law firm, and by Michael Heilmann of the Detroit-area attorney Michael Heilmann. 

Marler Clark Calls for Aunt Mid’s Produce to Disclose Supplier of E. coli Tainted Lettuce

10.03.2008

At least 40 confirmed cases of the infection with the highly toxic pathogen E. coli O157:H7 have been linked to commercial bagged lettuce distributed by Aunt Mid’s Produce, but the Detroit-based company refuses to name the supplier of the contaminated product.  Thirty of the illnesses are in Michigan; the others have been documented in Illinois, Ohio, New York, and Oregon.

Second Boy Scout Sickened at Camp Sues Hamburger Manufacturer

10.01.2008

Jansen Saunders, a 10-year-old boy who attended Boy Scout camp in July, continues to recover from the E. coli O157:H7 infection he contracted there.  Fredrick and Jennifer Saunders of Loudoun, Virginia filed suit along with their son on Friday in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County.  The lawsuit was filed against S & S Foods LLC, which supplied the camp with frozen hamburger patties.  The plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and Maryland attorney William Schladt of Ward & Klein.

Michigan E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Bagged Lettuce Again

09.26.2008

Food Safety Attorney, William Marler, Gives History Lesson.
“E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks associated with lettuce or spinach, specifically the “pre-washed” and “ready-to-eat” varieties sold under various brand and trade names, are by no means a new phenomenon,” according to food-safety attorney, William D. Marler, of Marler Clark. 

Firemen’s Fundraiser May be Victim of E. coli Regulation Loopholes

09.23.2008

Tri-tip beef served at a September 6 fundraiser for the Forest Ranch, CA volunteer fire department has been cited as the probable cause of an outbreak of toxic E. coli O157:H7.  At least 18 have fallen ill, four of whom required hospitalization.  Many meat-related E. coli outbreaks are traced back to ground beef, but the fundraiser served tri-tip, which has its own, lesser known, history of problems.

William Marler to Address International Food Safety Conference in Beijing

09.19.2008

William Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the China International Food Safety Conference and Expo on Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m.  His lecture, titled “How U.S. Consumers Hold Producers liable: A Civil Litigation Lesson in the U.S. Market” will be presented at the Landmark Hotel and Towers, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 1000004. 

Michigan State University Students Struggle with E. coli Outbreak

09.17.2008

An outbreak of the highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 has sickened at least ten students at MSU in Lansing.  All of the students experienced bloody diarrhea, a flag indicator of E. coli infection, and each sought medical care at Sparrow Hospital.  Seven remain hospitalized.

Boy Scout Sickened by E. coli-Tainted Meat Sues S & S Foods

09.05.2008

A Boy Scout who was infected by E. coli O157:H7 while attending camp in Virginia filed suit today in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Zachary Yost and his mother, Devon Drew, against S & S Foods LLC.  The plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and Maryland attorney Benson Klein of Ward & Klein.

Sprouts Responsible for Salmonella Illnesses in Washington and Oregon

09.05.2008

Thirteen people—nine in Washington and four in Oregon—have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium from eating alfalfa sprouts.  The illnesses have been traced back to Sprouters Northwest, Inc in Kent, WA, which has voluntarily recalled the product and stopped distributing it.  Consumers are advised not to purchase or eat any Sprouters Northwest products containing alfalfa sprouts, and to discard or return any of the products they may have in their homes.

Rare Type of E. Coli Found in Oklahoma Outbreak

08.29.2008

The food borne illness outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma that has sickened more than 115, hospitalized 50 and taken one life is the latest emergence of the virulent and highly toxic E. coli bacterium.  Most E. coli outbreaks in North America are subtypes of E. coli O157:H7, but the CDC has just revealed that this outbreak is a rare serotype: E. coli 0111.

Oklahoma Outbreak Claims One Life, Sickens Many

08.25.2008

A food borne illness outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma has sickened as many as 30 and taken one life.  Although lab results are not in, signs point to the highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 bacteria as the culprit.  Many of the ill have eaten at the same restaurants, and leads are being followed to determine the source.  In the last two years, more than 40 million pounds of meat have been recalled due to contamination with E. coli O157:H7, and outbreaks have also been traced to leafy greens. [Note - as of 8/27, there are 40 illnesses and 17 hospitalizations.]

‘Governor Schwarzenegger, Veto This Bill!’  Pleads Food Safety Advocate William Marler

08.21.2008

An ambitious and well-meaning attempt to make California’s dairy products safer arrives this week in the California Assembly in the form of State Bill 201—but the country’s top food safety advocates are calling on California legislators to vote against it.  The bill places regulations on producers of raw milk dairy products and lays groundwork intended to stem the tide of deadly food borne illnesses tied to the raw milk industry.  It sounds good, and may have enough support to reach the Governor’s desk, where the same advocates encourage a veto.  What’s the problem?

Student sickened by E. coli-Tainted Lettuce files Suit

08.20.2008

A victim of the June 2008 lettuce E. coli outbreak in Thurston and Pierce counties filed suit today in the Superior Court of Washington, King County.  Heather Whybrew of Federal Way, Washington was a student at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland when she was infected with E. coli O157:H7.  The lawsuit was filed against Northwest Fruit and Produce Inc and “John Does,” Growers, Shippers and Suppliers by attorney William Marler and Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness.

Lawsuits Build Against Nebraska Beef as New Recall is Announced

08.11.2008

A second Georgia lawsuit arising from E. coli tainted meat sourced from Nebraska Beef Ltd. was filed Friday (8/8/08), just as the beef processing company recalled another 1.2 million pounds of contaminated meat, bringing the total recalled in the last thirty days to over 6 million pounds.  The complaint was filed against Nebraska Beef Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division on behalf of Lillie Ruth and Theron Richter of Colquitt County, GA.  The plaintiffs are represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Albany attorney F. Faison Middleton, IV of Watson, Spence, Lowe & Chambless, LLP.

American Food Safety System a “Train Wreck”

08.06.2008

In just a year and a half, the American meat industry has experienced a whiplash of beef recalls.  40 million pounds of meat tainted with highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 has been publicly recalled, up by a staggering factor of two hundred from the 2006 amount of only 181,900 pounds.

Virginia E. coli Outbreak Part of Alarming Nationwide Trend

08.04.2008

An outbreak of the highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 at a Boy Scout camp in Goshen, Virginia is the latest statistic in an alarming increase in E. coli in the US.  Since the spring of 2007, more than 40 million tons of contaminated beef have been recalled, hundreds have been sickened, and some of the ill are fighting for their lives.  The Goshen outbreak has confirmed 14 illnesses with 10 hospitalizations, but as many as 70 may be sick. 

Boston E. coli Illnesses Appear be Part of Multi-State Outbreak

08.04.2008

An outbreak of the highly toxic strain of E. coli O157:H7 in the Boston area appears to be part of a multi-state outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in seven states.  The E. coli in the six confirmed illnesses in Boston has the same genetic fingerprint as the illnesses in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Georgia, and Utah.  Those illnesses have been traced to contaminated beef from Nebraska Beef, Ltd. of Omaha.

Salmonella Saintpaul Lawsuit Filed Against Wal-Mart

08.01.2008

The first lawsuit stemming from the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1319 people, hospitalized 255 and caused the death of 2 in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada was filed today in the District Court of Montezuma County, Colorado.  The complaint was filed on behalf of Delores, Colorado resident Brian Grubbs against Wal-Mart and an unknown supplier, referred to as “John Doe”.  Mr. Grubbs is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Colorado attorney David Woodruff of Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla & Sloane.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Raw Milk Distributor

07.29.2008

A lawsuit was filed yesterday in the Circuit Court for Barry County, Missouri against Soni Copeland and the Herb Depot and Organic Market.  The petition was filed on behalf of Monett residents Brian and Angela Pedersen and their young son, Larry.  The Pedersen family is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Aleshire, Robb, and Sivils of Springfield, Missouri.

William Marler Calls for Public Meat Inspection Records

07.25.2008

Food safety advocate and attorney William Marler is calling on the Meat Industry and the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to make the inspection reports from meat processing facilities visible and easily available to the public so that consumers—in including grocery stores and restaurants—can make informed choices on which products they want to purchase.

Food Safety in the United States - A Letter to Congress

07.22.2008

RE: Food Safety in the United States
Dear U.S. Congress Member:
I am writing to you because the American people are losing confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to keep our food supply safe.

Georgia Lawsuit Filed in National E. coli Outbreak

07.21.2008

The first Georgia lawsuit stemming from national E. coli outbreak linked to seven states was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Valdosta Division against Nebraska Beef Limited.  The complaint was filed on behalf of Evelyn and John M. Stewart of Moultrie, GA, who are represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Albany attorney F. Faison Middleton, IV of Watson, Spence, Lowe & Chambless, LLP.

Another Victim Files Suit in Nebraska Beef E. coli Outbreak

07.10.2008

As investigating health authorities grapple with the extent of the Nebraska Beef outbreak, more victims are asserting claims against the meat company.  The recent filing occurred today in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, on behalf of Pickerington , OH resident Dawn Grieves, who was infected with the toxic E. coli strain O157:H7 after eating ground beef processed by Nebraska Beef Ltd.  The plaintiff is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle firm that specializes in E. coli suits, and by Nicholas Philips of the Cleveland area firm of Phillips, Mille and Constabile.

Georgia E. Coli Illnesses Linked to Nebraska Beef Recall

07.09.2008

The widening cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections in Georgia may be linked to an outbreak E. coli illnesses in Ohio and Michigan.  The Moultrie Observer and WALB report that preliminary testing has linked the Georgia cases to the 41 in Ohio and Michigan, which have been traced back to beef products from Nebraska Beef Ltd. of Omaha. 

Marler Clark Responds to Nebraska Beef Press Release

07.01.2008

In a press release issued today, Nebraska Beef attempted to downplay the seriousness of its recall of over 265 tons of ground beef, beef chuck, other beef products because of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7.  It claims “The Company has processed over 10 billion pounds of product without a confirmed customer illness.”  Nebraska Beef’s press release does not define what it considers a “confirmed customer illness,” but it does not appear to be the same standard that the USDA and the CDC used in deciding to press for the Class I Recall, based on “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”  See USDA Recall Release, 022-2008, June 30, 2008

First E. coli Lawsuit filed in Kroger Tainted Ground Beef Recall

06.30.2008

The first E. coli lawsuit stemming from the Ohio and Michigan E. Coli outbreak was filed today in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County, OH against Kroger and its as yet unidentified meat supplier (“John Doe”). [An amended complaint naming Nebraska Beef Ltd was filed on July 2, 2008.] The complaint was filed on behalf of a New Albany resident who was infected with the toxic E. coli strain O157:H7 after eating ground beef purchased from a Dublin, Ohio Kroger.  The plaintiff is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness, and by Nicholas Philips of the Cleveland area firm of Phillips, Mille and Constabile.

Marler Clark Calls for Kroger Beef Recall

06.25.2008

With the Michigan State Health Department linking Kroger ground beef to many of the illnesses in Michigan (which have also been linked to illnesses in Ohio), Kroger must recall all possibly contaminated ground beef and tell the public who supplied it, said Seattle food safety attorney William D. Marler.

Genetic Fingerprinting and the Tomato-Salmonella Outbreak

06.24.2008

The search for the source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes that have sickened at least 613 people in 33 states has been powered by genetic fingerprinting – the technology that allows public health investigators to go beyond serotyping to identify clusters of illness.  PFGE—pulsed-field gel electrophoresis—is the testing process used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health laboratories to analyze the DNA of bacterium.  Specimens with indistinguishable DNA are said to share a common ancestry.  When combined with epidemiological information, PFGE analysis has proven to be a powerful tool in outbreak detection.

Third Lawsuit Filed In Chipotle Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak

06.18.2008

A third hepatitis A lawsuit was filed today against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., in San Diego County Superior Court.  The complaint was filed on behalf of two Santee residents, Nick Sowter and Shannon Jacobs (husband and wife).  Both were infected with hepatitis A after eating food from the Chipotle Grill in La Mesa, California, in March and April 2008.  The couple is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of food borne illness, and Keeney, Waite, & Stevens, a San Diego area firm.

Tomatoes and Salmonella: A Look at Past Outbreaks

06.18.2008

The CDC, public health officials in 28 states,  and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together on an ongoing multi-state outbreak of human salmonella serotype saintpaul infections linked to the consumption of raw tomatoes.  According to food borne illness attorney William Marler, this isn’t the first time tomatoes are the source of salmonella infections.

R. Drew Falkenstein to Address AEHA Conference

06.16.2008

Accomplished foodborne illness attorney R. Drew Falkenstein is a featured speaker at the Alabama Environmental Health Association (AEHA) Annual Education Conference being held this week in Florence.  Mr. Falkenstein will present You Break It, You Bought it: Incentivising Food Safety by Making Restaurants Reimburse Outbreak Costs on Thursday, June 19 at 9:35 a.m. at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center, 10 Hightower Place in Florence.

Bruce Clark to Address IAMA Conference

06.16.2008

Bruce Clark, accomplished personal injury lawyer and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) World Forum and Symposium.  Mr. Clark will be speaking on Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m., in a panel titled Managing Food Safety and Health Concerns.  The conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey. 

William Marler Addresses UK Conferences

06.16.2008

William Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Inaugural British Food Journal Annual Lecture on Tuesday, 17 June from 11:00 a.m.  His lecture, titled “Caused Food Poisoning?  See You in Court” will be presented at the Royal Institute of Public Health, 28 Portland Place, London W1B 1DE.  On Wednesday, 18 June, Mr. Marler will speak at the Food Network Wales/United Kingdom Association for Food Protection (UKAFP) Conference at the Village Hotel, 29 Pendwyallt Rd, Cardiff CF14.

A Long History of Tomatoes and Salmonella

06.06.2008

The CDC, public health officials in several states, the Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together on an ongoing multi-state outbreak of human salmonella serotype saintpaul infections linked to the consumption of tomatoes.  According to food borne illness attorney William Marler, this isn’t the first time tomatoes are the source of salmonella infections.

E. coli Tainted Lettuce Sickens Ten in Washington State

06.06.2008

Ten confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection found in north Thurston and south Pierce counties have been traced to bagged, commercial romaine lettuce, commonly used in food service (not sold retail).  The Washington State Health Department says four cases of infection with the highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 were identified in Thurston County, and six in Pierce County.  Some of the victims were hospitalized.  All eaten salad at different locations, indicating that those locations probably got their lettuce from a single source.

New Mexico Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Tomatoes

06.02.2008

New Mexico health officials have announced that uncooked tomatoes appear to be the source in the salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 31 people since early May.  The specific strain—known as salmonella St. Paul—has infected residents of seven New Mexico counties: Dona Ana, Socorro, Curry, McKinley, San Juan, Bernalillo, and Sandoval.  Nearby states including Texas, Utah, and Colorado, and Arizona have reported infections by salmonella St. Paul, and investigations are continuing.

Food Borne Illness Expert and WSU Alum to Speak at Conference

05.27.2008

William Marler, national expert in food borne illness litigation and accomplished personal injury lawyer, will speak at the Food Safety: Farm to Table conference, a collaborative effort between Washington State University and the University of Idaho.  Mr. Marler is the keynote speaker, opening the conference on Wednesday, May 28th at 8:45 AM with the topic Outbreak Update Trends 2006-2008.  The conference is being held at the University Inn Best Western, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho.

Second Lawsuit Filed In Chipotle Grill Hepatitis A Outbreak

05.15.2008

A second Hepatitis A lawsuit was filed today against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., in San Diego County Superior Court.  The complaint was filed on behalf of San Diego resident Rhonda Salgado, who was infected with Hepatitis A after eating food from the Chipotle Grill in La Mesa, California, between February and April 2008.  Ms. Saldago is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of food borne illness, and Keeney, Waite, & Stevens, a San Diego area firm.

San Diego Resident Infected with Hepatitis A Sues Chipotle Grill

05.06.2008

A lawsuit was filed today against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., in San Diego County Superior Court for the recent hepatitis A outbreak linked to a La Mesa Chipotle restaurant.  Terry Wesley, the plaintiff, became infected with hepatitis A after eating in March and April at the Chipotle Grill on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, California.  Mr. Wesley is represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm dedicated to representing victims of food borne illness, and Keeney, Waite, & Stevens, a San Diego area firm.

Food Borne Illness Expert William Marler to Speak at UMN

05.05.2008

William Marler, national expert in food borne illness litigation and accomplished personal injury lawyer, will speak at the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences on Tuesday, May 6 at 3:00 PM.  He is a guest lecturer in the Food: Safety, Risk, and Technology class taught by distinguished teaching professor Dr. Ted Labuza.

Food Safety Advocate William Marler Welcomes End of Factory Farms

05.01.2008

A report released by the influential Pew Commission yesterday on Industrial Farm Animal Production could result in chickens and cows receiving more humane treatment.  Pew’s recommendations, based on a two-year study, would eliminate practices standard on “factory farms”.  In California, a pending anti-cruelty initiative on the ballot would address the same abuses. 

Attorney William Marler Recognized for Public Health Advocacy

04.30.2008

William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark, has been selected for a prestigious law award recognizing his work on behalf of a safer food supply.  The Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) has selected him for the 2008 Public Justice Award, which is bestowed upon “an individual or organization whose efforts, courage, litigation, or innovative work results in the creation of a more just society”.  The award will be presented to Mr. Marler at the May 1, 2008 Law Day Dinner. 

William Marler Recipient of Two Law Awards

04.29.2008

William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark, has been selected for two prestigious law awards.  The Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) has selected him for the 2008 Public Justice Award, and the King County Bar Association (KCBA) has given him the 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award.

Marler Clark Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations of Food Service Workers

04.24.2008

San Diego is the latest in a series out outbreaks and exposure to hepatitis A via restaurant food and/or infected workers.  County health officials there say they are investigating twelve cases of hepatitis A linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in La Mesa.

Marler Clark Sees Pattern in Malt-O-Meal Salmonella Outbreaks

04.14.2008

SEATTLE, WA Residents of Maine and Minnesota are confirmed infected with Salmonella Agona, the strain of Salmonella identified in the Malt-O-Meal recall, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that at least 14 other states are reporting illnesses.  Two victims have been hospitalized in Maine, and more than 23 cases are under investigation by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Top E. coli Experts Gather at Public Meeting

04.08.2008

The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the challenges and proposed solutions for reducing the incidence of E. coli O157:H7 and other Shiga toxin producing E. coli in raw beef.  The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.  The meeting will feature various presentations and panel discussions by FSIS officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representatives from industry and consumer groups, as well as by William Marler, a prominent food-borne illness attorney whose firm represents those sickened by the pathogen. 

Law School, Firms Host Food Safety Conference at Seattle University

03.19.2008

Few subjects draw more immediate attention or concern than the safety of the food we eat, and Seattle University School of Law will host an in-depth conference to address the issue. “Who’s Minding the Store: The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved,” a conference organized and sponsored by Marler Clark and Stoel Rives, will take place April 11 and 12 at Sullivan Hall on the Seattle University campus.

Wisconsin family sues Minnesota meat producer over E. coli

03.12.2008

An E. coli lawsuit was filed today against Rochester Meat Company in Wisconsin Federal District Court. The lawsuit, which stems from an E. coli outbreak traced to Rochester Meat Company’s ground beef products in late 2007 and early 2008, was filed on behalf of a Fitchburg, Wisconsin family. The family is represented by Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm nationally recognized for its efforts on behalf of victims of foodborne illness.

Lawsuit filed against maker of botulism-tainted chili

02.20.2008

Marler Clark will file a lawsuit Thursday against Castleberry’s Food Co., the company that recalled tens of millions of pounds of canned meat products sold under over 80 different labels after they were identified as the source of a botulism outbreak in July, 2007. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on behalf a New London, Ohio resident who became ill with botulism poisoning after consuming Castleberry’s Chili Sauce in late June of 2007.

New look for food poisoning informational Web sites

02.01.2008

The Marler Clark network of food poisoning informational Web sites, which first appeared online in 1998, recently received a makeover. The sites, which were originally put online to provide Internet users with basic information about the illnesses caused by such foodborne pathogens as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Hepatitis A, have increased in breadth over the years to include information about complications caused by foodborne pathogens: hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), reactive arthritis (Reiter’s Syndrome), and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Another E. coli Outbreak

01.14.2008

Marler Clark Lawyer says Federal and State Regulators Play a High-Risk Game with Consumers

Public health officials in Washington, DC, California, and Wisconsin are playing a dangerous game with American consumers by refusing to reveal the specific stores or restaurants that may have served meat contaminated by toxic E. coli, says the Seattle lawyer who represents victims of food-borne illness.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday that the Rochester Meat Company was recalling 188,000 pounds of ground beef for E. coli contamination. The recalled ground beef was produced on October 30, 2007 and November 6, 2007 for sale to restaurants and food service institutions. The recall was the result of an E. coli outbreak investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the California Department of Public Health that identified at least five people who had became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Rochester Meat Company ground beef products.

Marler Clark Lawyer says Federal and State Regulators Play a High-Risk Game with US Consumers

01.14.2008

Public health officials in Washington, DC, California, and Wisconsin are playing a dangerous game with American consumers by refusing to reveal the specific stores or restaurants that may have served meat contaminated by toxic E. coli, says the Seattle lawyer who represents victims of food-borne illness.

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