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2009 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-tainted Meat Causes Illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, S. Dakota, and Washington

12.28.2009

On Christmas eve the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice that National Steak and Poultry (NSP) was recalling 248,000 pounds of beef steaks contaminated with the highly virulent pathogen E. coli O157:H7.  The steaks were mechanically tenderized “non-intact steaks”, and were shipped to restaurants nationwide.  Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) working with state health and agriculture departments linked the steaks to NSP while investigating illnesses in restaurants six states—Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota, and Washington—a list detailing the distribution of the steaks has not been released by FSIS, CDC or NSP.

Raw Milk Facts in Short Supply As Proponents Stage Wisconsin Rally

12.21.2009

Unpasteurized milk—often referred to as raw milk—is at the center of a rally and court appearance today in Viroqua, Wisconsin.  The controversial product can contain bacteria, like E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can severely sicken those who consume it—bacteria removed by the pasteurization process.  Advocates believe the pasteurization process also removes healthy aspects of the milk, and want the right to produce, sell, and consume it without regulation.  One of those advocates has organized a rally and workshop around his court appearance, featuring supporters from around the country.  What is not being discussed is the very dark down side of raw milk.

More E. coli Lawsuits Filed Against Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant

12.09.2009

Two more E. coli lawsuits were filed this morning against Ixtapa Bajaras, Inc., d/b/a the Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant, bringing the current total to seven.  The restaurant, located at 301 91st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens, was the source of a 2008 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that is believed to have sickened as many as 64 people, according an investigation by the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) and Snohomish County Health Department (SCHD).  The lawsuits were filed by Marler Clark in the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of Snohomish on behalf of two restaurant patrons who ate at the restaurant in October 2008.

Dancer Paralyzed by E. coli Infection Sues Meat Giant Cargill for $100 Million

12.03.2009

Stephanie Smith, the twenty-two year old Minnesota dance instructor left paralyzed by a burger tainted with E. coli filed suit today against Cargill, who produced the contaminated meat.  Ms. Smith, whose “The Burger that Shattered Her Life” profile in the New York Times was emailed all over the country, covered by hundreds of media outlets and galvanized legislators to change food laws, attempted mediation with the company, but was unable to come to a fair agreement with them.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Stephanie’s guardian, William R. Sieben, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota by Bill Marler of the Seattle foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark, and by Jardine, Logan and O’Brien of St. Paul.

E. coli Illnesses in Washington State Tied to Raw Milk

12.02.2009

The Washington State Departments of Health and Agriculture today released information linking recent E. coli illnesses in Washington State to raw milk produced by the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, WA.

Food Safety Advocate Bill Marler to Address Food Integrity Conference

11.18.2009

Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler will speak at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) conference “Empowering Employees to Protect Food Integrity”.  The event is being held at the American University College of Law this Friday, November 20, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The event is free, but registration is required. 

Maine Victim of Fairbank Farms E. coli Outbreak Takes Legal Action

11.18.2009

As news broke that more Maine residents may be infected with E. coli from Fairbank Farms ground beef, an Augusta woman severely sickened in the E. coli outbreak has filed suit against the company.  The lawsuit was filed in the Maine District Court by the plaintiff’s attorneys, Bill Marler of foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark, and Peter Felmley of the Portland firm Drummond, Woodsum, & MacMahon. 

E. coli Lawsuits Filed Against Snohomish Eatery

11.16.2009

Two lawsuits were filed this morning against Ixtapa Bajaras, Inc., doing business as the Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant.  The restaurant, located at 301 91st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens, was the source of a 2008 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 which sickened at least 23 patrons, according to the Snohomish County Health Department (SCHD).  The lawsuits were filed by Drew Falkenstein of foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark on behalf of two restaurant patrons who ate at the restaurant in October 2008. 

Family of Child Hospitalized in Local E. coli Outbreak Takes Legal Action

11.12.2009

The second lawsuit stemming from an E. coli outbreak in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was filed today in the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court, against Crocetti-Oakdale Packing, doing business as South Shore Meats, Inc., which recalled 1,039 pounds of E. coli-tainted beef linked to illnesses.  Hamburger meat from the company was served at a camp in Massachusetts where more than 30 campers and adults were sickened.

Children Stricken with E. coli Sue Meat Companies

11.03.2009

E. coli lawsuits were filed November 3, 2009 in Plymouth County Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of two children who recently became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after consuming contaminated ground beef produced by two different companies.  The lawsuits were filed against Brockton, Mass.-based Crocetti’s Oakdale Packing, Inc., doing business as South Shore Meats Inc., and Ashville, NY-based Fairbank Farms, Inc.  Both companies recalled meat last week after their products were identified as the source of separate E. coli outbreaks in the Northeast. 

E. coli Expert Bill Marler in Boston to Meet with Victim of South Shore Meats - Camp Outbreak

10.28.2009

Seattle-based foodborne illness expert and attorney Bill Marler will be in Boston Wednesday (10/28/09) to meet with a victim of the widening South Shore Meats E. coli outbreak.

Marler Clark Calls on USDA and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to Recall Tainted Meat Linked

10.26.2009

The Massachusetts camp where food made Rhode Island middle school children ill has said that officials linked the illnesses to hamburger, but no recall has yet been issued for the tainted meat.  Foodborne illness expert and attorney Bill Marler today called upon the USDA and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to share their findings with consumers and ensure that all the contaminated meat is removed from the food supply.

‘Put a Trial Lawyer Out of Business:  Pass Meaningful Food Safety Legislation by Thanksgiving’

10.06.2009

“New food safety legislation is needed, if not for the consumer’s sake, then to put trial lawyers like me out of business,” says food safety advocate and foodborne illness attorney Bill Marler. 

Victims of Oklahoma E. coli Outbreak File Suit Against Country Cottage Restaurant

09.30.2009

Victims of an August, 2008 outbreak of E. coli 0111 have joined together to file suit against the Country Cottage restaurant, where they were sickened.  The lawsuit was filed today in the District Court in the State of Oklahoma, in and for the County of Mayes, on behalf of twelve families.  The suit was filed by foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and by the Blevins Law Firm of Pryor, OK.

Bill Marler Urges UK Adoption of US Petting Zoo Guidelines to Prevent E. coli Outbreaks

09.15.2009

News that a large and growing outbreak of highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 linked to the Gladstone Farm and Playbarn in Surrey, England has led E. coli expert Bill Marler to urge animal exhibitors on both sides of the Atlantic to implement existing safety guidelines. 

Wisconsin Woman Severely Sickened by E. coli in Spinach Forced to Sue

09.03.2009

The 2006 outbreak of E. coli tied to spinach sickened more than 205 people nationwide, many gravely.  More than 31 developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and five lost their lives.  One of the most critically ill was Jane Majeska of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, an 85-year old woman whose fight to stay alive in the months after she consumed the Dole E. coli O157:H7-tainted spinach cost almost a $500,000 dollars.  William Marler of the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark, along with the Fond du Lac firm of Sager Colwin Samuelsen, filed the lawsuit today in the Fond du Lac branch of the Wisconsin Circuit Court against Dole, Natural Selection Foods. Mission Organics, and Pic-n-Save.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against JBS Swift Beef Company

08.18.2009

A Wisconsin family sickened in the JBS Swift Beef Company outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 filed suit against the company today.  The lawsuit was brought by the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark in the Federal Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.  This is the third lawsuit filed by Marler Clark in the aftermath of the JBS Swift outbreak, which sickened at least 23 people in nine states, 12 of whom had to be hospitalized.   

Another Hepatitis Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois McDonald’s

08.07.2009

Another lawsuit on behalf of a customer sickened in the Milan McDonald’s outbreak was filed today in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Rock Island County.  The lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s Inc., and Kevin Murphy, the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant at 400 West First Street in Milan, IL, by Marler Clark, the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm, and Craig Mielke of the Illinois firm of Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers LLC.  This is the second illness lawsuit; a class action lawsuit was also filed on behalf of restaurant patrons who had to get a shot to avoid illness.

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Memphis Father and Son Sickened by Food From Local BBQ

07.30.2009

A lawsuit stemming from the recent outbreak of Salmonella illnesses was filed today in the Circuit Court for Shelby County, Tennessee against A&R Bar-be-que, LLC.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Memphis father and son by Seattle foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and by John Day of the Tennessee firm Day & Blair.

McDonald’s Patron Infected with Hepatitis A Files Lawsuit

07.23.2009

The first lawsuit on behalf of a customer sickened in the Milan McDonald’s outbreak was filed today in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Rock Island County.  The lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s Inc., and Kevin Murphy, the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant at 400 West First Street in Milan, IL, by Marler Clark, the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm, and the Illinois firm of Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers LLC. 

Hepatitis Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against McDonald’s

07.21.2009

A class action lawsuit was filed today in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Rock Island County against McDonald’s Inc., and Kevin Murphy, the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant at 400 West First Street in Milan, Illinois.  Marler Clark, the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm, and the Illinois firm of Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers LLC, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the named plaintiff, Cody Patterson, and all others who were forced to receive Immune globulin (IG) shots after being exposed to the hepatitis A virus (HAV) at the Milan McDonald’s.

Washington State Family Files E. coli Lawsuit Against JBS Swift

07.16.2009

A second lawsuit stemming from the current Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) recall by JBS Swift Beef Company was filed today in the US District Court, Eastern District of Washington.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of a young Selah-area child who fell ill with an E. coli infection after eating the tainted beef.  William Marler of the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark represents the family.

Food Safety Advocates Marler Clark File First E. coli Lawsuit against JBS Swift Beef Company

07.06.2009

The first lawsuit stemming from the current E. coli O157:H7 (E. coli) recall by JBS Swift Beef Company of Greeley, Colorado that has been linked to 23 E. coli illnesses in California, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Wisconsin was filed today on behalf of an Albuquerque-area child who was infected with E. coli after eating kabobs prepared by his grandmother on Mother’s Day.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of 14 year old Alex Roerick by his attorneys, William Marler of the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and Kara Knowles of the Denver firm Montgomery, Little, Soran, & Murray.

Marler Clark Calls for JBS Swift and FSIS to Reveal Retail Distribution of E. coli-Tainted Beef

06.28.2009

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 28, the JBS Swift Beef Company expanded the earlier recall of 41,280 pounds of beef contaminated with the highly toxic pathogen E. coli O157:H7 to include an additional 380,000 pounds.  The beef recalls are FSIS Class I, meaning the “use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”  The company and The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have made available a list of recalled products, but so far have refused to reveal where those products were shipped, even in light of illnesses linked to the meat.

Colorado Child Sickened by E. coli Cookie Dough Files Lawsuit

06.23.2009

An E. coli lawsuit was filed today on behalf of a Denver-area child who became gravely ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of Madison Sedbrook by her attorneys, William Marler of the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and Kara Knowles of the Denver firm Montgomery, Little, Soran, & Murray.

First Lawsuit in E. coli Cookie Dough Outbreak Filed by Marler Clark

06.22.2009

A young woman who was hospitalized for seven days after eating raw cookie dough made by Nestle USA filed suit today against the company in California Superior Court, San Mateo County.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 18-year-old Jillian Collins by her attorneys, William Marler of the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and Terry O’ Reilly of the San Mateo firm Reilly Collins.

Multi-State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Nestle Toll House Raw Cookie Dough Underscores Funding Need

06.19.2009

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that has sickened 66 people in 28 states points to the need for better funding for health surveillance, said food safety advocate and foodborne illness litigator William Marler.  News of the E. coli outbreak was issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), which said in its release that the link to Nestle Toll House raw cookie dough was strong enough to warrant a warning.

Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the Midwest Spurs Ground Beef Recall

05.21.2009

E. coli illnesses in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois have led health investigators to ground beef produced by Valley Meats, LLC of Coal Valley, IL.  The company has initiated a recall of 95,898 pounds of ground beef product that is possibly contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. 

US Foodborne Illness Expert to Address RSPH E. coli Conference

05.11.2009

William Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) conference E. coli: Cases, Controls, and Common Sense.  The conference is being held Wednesday, 13 May at the Regent’s Park Holiday Inn.  Mr. Marler will present his lecture, The Financial and Other Consequences of E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks: A US perspective, at 10:30 AM.

Sprout Seed Manufacturer Named in Amended Lawsuit

05.06.2009

Litigation in the outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul sourced to alfalfa sprouts has taken a new turn, as an amended lawsuit now names the alfalfa seed supplier, Caudill Seed Company of Kentucky.  Certain batches of the seed are implicated in a multi-state outbreak that sickened over 150 people.  The amended lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Nebraska resident Daniel Krim in Sarpy County, Nebraska, by foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and by the Ausman Law firm of Omaha.

William Marler to Address Conference of Canadian Public Health Inspectors

05.04.2009

High profile foodborne illness attorney William Marler will deliver a keynote address to the 75th annual gathering of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) on Wednesday, May 6.  One of conference’s focus topics is Global Impacts on Health, to which Mr. Marler will speak.

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Amid Continuing Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

04.30.2009

A lawsuit stemming from a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella-tainted sprouts was filed today in the Tenth District Court for Sarpy County, Nebraska.  Bellevue resident Daniel Krim, one of 121 people sickened in the February-March 2009 outbreak, is represented by foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and by the Ausman Law firm of Omaha.

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Family of Minnesota Man Felled by Peanut Butter

04.22.2009

Clifford Tousignant, father, grandfather, and decorated veteran of the Korean War, died in January, 2009, after eating Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter served in the retirement home where he lived in Brainerd, MN.  His family, represented by foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and Minneapolis-based Jardine, Logan, & O’Brien, filed suit against Kanan Enterprises, the makers of King Nut peanut butter.  The complaint was filed Monday in US District Court, District of Minnesota.

Second Lawsuit Filed in Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

04.06.2009

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit today against CW Sprouts, the company tied to the recent Salmonella outbreak associated with alfalfa sprouts.  The suit, which was filed in the Tenth District Court of Nebraska, Douglas County, is on behalf of Omaha resident Amanda Monastersky.  The Ausman Law Firm, an Omaha area firm, is also representing the plaintiff. 

First Lawsuit in Salmonella-Tainted Sprout Outbreak Filed by Marler Clark

03.31.2009

The first lawsuit stemming from a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul was filed today against CW sprouts in the Tenth District Court of Nebraska, Douglas County.  The complaint was filed on behalf of Omaha resident Stephen Beumler, who is represented by Seattle foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark and by the Ausman Law firm of Omaha.

Denis Stearns to Address Fresh & Easy Technical Conference

03.24.2009

Denis Stearns will address the Fresh & Easy Technical Conference being held March 26 in Manhattan Beach, CA.  Quality assurance, product development, and technical personnel from the company’s private-label suppliers will attend the company conference. 

Drew Falkenstein to Address Virginia Food Safety Task Force

03.24.2009

Drew Falkenstein will address the Virginia Department of Health’s conference titled “Recalls and the Lessons That we Have Learned” on Thursday, March 26 in Richmond, Virginia.  The conference has been put together by the Virginia Food Safety Task Force. 

WA Family Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Kellogg Company in Contaminated Peanut Butter Outbreak

03.09.2009

As the Salmonella outbreak traced to tainted peanut products continued to grow, one family filed suit against The Kellogg Company, manufacturer of the peanut butter cracker sandwich product that made them ill.  The Rector family of Blaine, Washington filed suit on Friday in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington.  The family is represented by Seattle foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark.

Bill Marler’s Marlerblog Awarded Best Blog

02.24.2009

Bill Marler’s popular blog on food safety, foodborne illness, and food policy was honored by PR News as best blog in the Legal PR awards. 

Marler Clark Fights Peanut Corp Bankruptcy on Behalf of CA Child Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak

02.19.2009

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)—the peanut processor responsible for a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium—has filed for bankruptcy protection, but attorney Bill Marler is working to change that.  His firm, Seattle foodborne illness powerhouse Marler Clark, is moving to lift the stay of bankruptcy so that litigation on behalf of victims can continue.

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Minneapolis Children Sickened by Peanut Butter

02.18.2009

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of two Minneapolis children sickened by Salmonella-tainted peanut butter snacks.  The lawsuit was filed against Peanut Corporation of America and the Kellogg Company in the US District Court of Georgia, Middle District.

Marler Clark Files Salmonella Lawsuit on Behalf of Las Vegas Child Sickened by Peanut Butter

02.18.2009

As Congress held a hearing to investigate the practices of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), one of the more than 640 people sickened in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak traced to their products filed a lawsuit against them.  The lawsuit was filed against PCA and the Kellogg Company in the US District Court of Georgia, Middle District, on behalf of the Hicks family, whose toddler fell ill after eating cracker sandwiches made by Kellogg with product from PCA.  The family is represented by Seattle foodborne illness firm Marler Clark and by Patrick Flynn of Georgia firm Flynn, Peeler & Phillips.

Stock Shows and Petting Zoos Source of Many E. coli Outbreaks

02.06.2009

Reports that a large and growing outbreak of highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 linked to Colorado’s largest stock show has led E. coli expert Bill Marler to again urge animal exhibitors to comply with existing safety guidelines. 

Kellogg’s Added to Marler Clark Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuit

02.05.2009

Marler Clark has added the Kellogg Company to its lawsuit against the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and Bill Marler Outlines A Way Forward in Food Safety

Amid Massive Peanut Butter Recall, Marler Clark Files Second Salmonella Lawsuit

01.30.2009

Firm Repeatedly Called on Peanut Corporation of America to Pay Medical Bills and Wage Loss
One day after the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) initiated one of the largest food recalls in American history, foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit in the Salmonella outbreak linked to their products.  The lawsuit was filed against PCA in the US District Court of California, Northern District, on behalf of the Trone family of Crescent City, California.  The family is represented by Marler Clark and by Richard Waite of Keeny, Waite, & Stevens.

Marler Clark Adds Punitive Damage Claim to Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuit Against PCA

01.28.2009

In light of shocking revelations disclosed by the FDA about the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Blakey, GA facility, foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark today amended the Federal lawsuit it had filed against PCA to allege punitive damages.  The complaint was filed last week on behalf of Vermont residents Gabrielle and Daryl Meunier, whose son was sickened in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak tied to peanut butter products manufactured in the PCA plant.

Lawsuit Filed in Nationwide Outbreak of Salmonella in Peanut Butter

01.20.2009

A lawsuit stemming from the national outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in peanut butter was filed today against the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) in the US District Court, Middle District of Georgia.  The complaint was filed on behalf of Vermont residents Gabrielle and Daryl Meunier, whose son was sickened in the outbreak.  The minor and his parents are represented by Seattle lawyer William Marler and foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark, and by Patrick Flynn of Flynn, Peeler & Phillips of Albany, GA.

FDA Must Widen Salmonella Peanut Butter Recalls

01.17.2009

Seattle food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler is calling on the FDA to request recalls of foods containing peanut butter products manufactured in the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Blakely, GA plant.  Tests have shown that product produced in the facility carries the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, which has sickened at least 453 people in 43 states and Canada and may have contributed to six deaths.

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Peanut Butter - Again

01.09.2009

The source of the outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened at least 400 and may have contributed to one death has been identified in Minnesota as King Nut peanut butter.  Peanut butter tainted with salmonella was tested by the Minnesota Health Department. The product is suspected as the source of the nation-wide illnesses, which began showing up in September 2008 and have been documented in 42 states.

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