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2012 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.

Niagara-Area E. coli Outbreak Victims Sue Lettuce Supplier

12.05.2012

3rd Lawsuit filed by Marler Clark and Underberg & Kessler alleges mother- and daughter-in-law became ill with E. coli infections after eating salad supplied by Massachusetts-based State Garden.

Rochester Resident Sues Lettuce Supplier over E. coli Infection

11.28.2012

Seattle-based Marler Clark and Rochester-Buffalo based Underberg & Kessler filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Garden, Inc., the leafy greens supplier whose salad mix was identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in October.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rochester resident Molly Larkin in Federal District Court for the Western District of New York. 

Marler:  State Garden Should Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs and Lost Wages

11.19.2012

William Marler, attorney for victims of the recent E. coli outbreak traced to Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix, called on Wegmans’ salad supplier, State Garden, today to pay all outbreak victims’ out-of-pocket medical costs and lost wages for missed time off work to care for themselves or family members suffering from E. coli infections linked to the salad mix

Bill Marler:  Sunland Should Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs and Lost Wages

11.16.2012

William Marler, attorney for victims of the recent Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated peanut and other nut butter products manufactured by Sunland, Inc., called on the company today to pay all outbreak victims’ out-of-pocket medical costs and lost wages for missed time off work to care for themselves or family members suffering from Salmonella infections.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 41 people from 20 states are part of the outbreak linked to Sunland products.

Marler Calls for Congressional Investigation Into Shipment of Salmonella-Contaminated Nut Butter

11.15.2012

Food safety advocate and attorney William Marler called on Congress to investigate New Mexico-based peanut and nut butter producer Sunland, Inc. on Thursday.  The call came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released records showing that between 2009 and 2012 Sunland had distributed multiple lots of peanut butter and nut butters that had tested positive for Salmonella by the firm’s internal testing program. 

Lettuce Supplier Sued by E. coli Victim

11.14.2012

Marler Clark and Underberg & Kessler filed a lawsuit against State Garden on behalf of an Ontario, NY resident who fell ill with E. coli after eating Wegmans spinach.

William Marler Comments on Actions Taken by Federal Grand Jury in PCA Case

10.25.2012

A former employee of the Peanut Corporation of America has reportedly been subpoenaed to testify before a Federal Grand Jury in Georgia next month, causing widespread speculation over whether criminal charges will be formally brought against PCA founder and CEO Stewart Parnell.  PCA peanuts were the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak among 714 people from 46 states in 2008 and 2009.  At least 9 people died after contracting Salmonella from peanut products made with PCA products. 

Massachusetts Mother Files Salmonella Lawsuit against Sunland & Trader Joe’s

10.04.2012

A lawsuit was filed today against Sunland, Inc. and Trader Joe’s, the manufacturer and retailer who sold Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter products that state and federal public health officials identified as the source of a multi-state Salmonella Bredeney outbreak in September. 

California Couple Sues Cheese Importer after Mother’s Illness, Child’s Premature Birth

10.04.2012

A lawsuit was filed against Forever Cheese, Inc., The Aniata Cheese Co., and Cookbook Los Angeles—the cheese importer, distributor and retailer whose Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese was identified as the source of a multi-state Listeria outbreak in September.  The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Joanna Valentine and Laurie Sorenson and their infant son, who was born prematurely when Ms. Valentine became ill with a Listeria infection after eating the imported ricotta salata cheese.  The baby later died as a result of his Listeria infection and premature birth. 

Marler: No surprise that FDA finds Poor Sanitary Practices at Chamberlain Farms

10.03.2012

“It is really hard to imagine that almost exactly a year after the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in a century—one that was traced to cantaloupes—we would have another outbreak ... I felt like I was reading the Jensen Farms inspection report all over again.”—William Marler

Forever Cheese and Peterson Co. Sued by Seattle Woman

09.25.2012

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit yesterday against New York-based Forever Cheese, the importer of Listeria-contaminated Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese that federal public health officials have determined is the source of a 15-person Listeria outbreak.  The lawsuit, which also names Washington state-based cheese distributor Peterson Company as a defendant, was filed in King County Superior Court.

Marler Clark Sues Cantaloupe Distributor & Farm Auditor in Louisiana

09.24.2012

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of the sons of a Baton Rouge woman who died as a result of a Listeria infection she contracted during last year’s outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown by Colorado-based Jensen Farms.  The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge against Frontera Produce, the company that distributed the Listeria-contaminated Jensen Farms cantaloupes, and Primus Labs, the company that performed a food safety inspection of the Jensen Farms facility prior to the Listeria outbreak.

Attorney Bill Marler on Cheese Recall for Listeria:  “Pasteurization is not a Guarantee of Safety”

09.18.2012

“We focus so much attention on preventing foodborne illness by pasteurizing milk and cheeses.  This is a good reminder that just post-pasteurization contamination is as much a risk to consumers as contamination prior to pasteurization,” said food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler.  “Something went wrong in processing this cheese—be it contaminated equipment or improper handling—and lives have been lost as a result.”

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Daniella Mango Victim

09.18.2012

Marler Clark, filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Splendid Products the distributor of Daniella mangoes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella Braenderup outbreak in August 2012. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 92- year-old Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington.

Cantaloupe Listeria Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Louisiana Victim’s Family

09.18.2012

The attorneys of the Seattle-based Food Safety Law Firm, Marler Clark, and McMichael, Medlin, D’Anna, Wedgeworth & Lafargue filed a Listeria lawsuit against Frontera Produce, the distributor of cantaloupes that the FDA identified as the source of a nationwide Listeria outbreak in September 2011; Primus Group, a company that provided auditing services for Jensen Farms, the grower of Jensen Farms/Frontera Rocky Ford brand cantaloupe; and, Kroger, the grocery store were the tainted cantaloupe was purchased. In the 2011 Listeria cantaloupe outbreak, the CDC reported that 147 people were sickened in 28 states. The CDC also reported at least 33 people died, including two in Louisiana. Marler Clark represents one of these victim’s families in Louisiana.

Mother of children sickened by Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe sues Wal-Mart

08.22.2012

Law firm nationally recognized for work on foodborne illness cases hired to represent family with two children sickened in a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupe.

William Marler Calls on Cantaloupe Industry to Prevent Future Outbreaks

08.17.2012

After the announcement that a 2012 Salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes had sickened 141 people, hospitalizing 31, William Marler called on the cantaloupe industry to prevent future outbreaks traced to their product. 

Asheville Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak Leads to Lawsuit

06.18.2012

Marler Clark food poisoning attorneys are representing a Florida woman who was hospitalized with a Salmonella paratyphi B infection she contracted after consuming contaminated tempeh produced by Asheville, North Carolina-based Smiling Hara Tempeh.

North Carolina’s Fourth Salmonella Outbreak in 2012 Leads to Another Salmonella Lawsuit

06.11.2012

Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys are representing a North Carolina couple that was sickened after consuming food at Lancaster’s BBQ in Mooresville, North Carolina

Marler Clark Food Poisoning Attorneys Provide Info on E. coli Outbreak in AL, GA, LA, FL, TN, CA

06.05.2012

As federal and state health officials in the South work to find the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 14 in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, and California, including the death of 21-month-old child in Louisiana, attorneys at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm are urging the public to stay informed on issues surrounding E. coli. 

Attorney Marler Calls for Increased Transparency in Spartanburg E. coli Investigation

05.14.2012

Citing previous instances in which government suppression of data in foodborne illness outbreaks has proven misguided, food safety expert and attorney William Marler calls on DHEC to release the name of the Mexican restaurant responsible for the recent E. coli outbreak.

Marler Clark Files Salmonella Sushi Lawsuit on Behalf of Rock Musician

05.04.2012

The attorneys at Marler Clark are representing a heavy metal singer who contracted a severe Salmonella infection after consuming sushi containing Salmonella contaminated “tuna scrape” - a product that is responsible for a nationwide outbreak that has sickened at least 258 people.

Marler Clark files Salmonella Lawsuit On Behalf of Charlotte Resident

05.02.2012

Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys are representing Salmonella victims who were sickened with Salmonella after eating at Charlotte-based restaurant Toast of Dilworth in late March 2012.

Attorney Marler Calls for Increased Transparency in Foodborne Illness Investigations

04.23.2012

Attorney and food safety advocate Bill Marler calls for increased transparency in foodborne illness investigation and urges the CDC to identify Salmonella Sushi outbreak restaurants and retailers. 

Attorney William Marler To McDonalds: Employees Should Have Hepatitis A Vaccine

03.28.2012

In the wake of a report linking a potential mass exposure of hepatitis A to a Northport McDonald’s restaurant, food safety expert and hepatitis A attorney William Marler is calling on McDonald’s to vaccinate its employees against the virus.

Marler Clark Calls on CDC to Name Grocery Store and Farm in Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

03.26.2012

Despite a high degree of public knowledge that Schnucks supermarkets were involved in a 2011 E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, in its final report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fails to identify the grocery chain, instead referring to it only as “Grocery Chain A”.  Attorney William Marler is calling on the CDC to name both Schnucks and the farm responsible.

Michigan Lawsuit Filed in Jimmy John’s E. coli Outbreak

03.14.2012

Marler Clark has filed a lawsuit against Jimmy John’s on behalf of a Michigan State University student who was hospitalized with an E. coli O26 infection she contracted after consuming a contaminated sandwich made by the restaurant chain.  This is the third lawsuit Marler Clark has filed in multistate E. coli outbreak linked to clover sprouts used as sandwich toppings by Jimmy John’s. 

Listeria Victims Call For Open Meetings on Cantaloupe Safety

03.02.2012

The families of victims of the 2011 Jensen Farms cantaloupe Listeria outbreak are calling on the produce industry to hold open meetings on safe cantaloupe production

Second Lawsuit Filed in Jimmy John’s E. coli Outbreak

02.23.2012

The second E. coli lawsuit in less than a week has been filed in Iowa against Jimmy John’s.  Marler Clark has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Iowa woman who was hospitalized after consuming a Jimmy John’s sandwich in December, 2011. 

Marler Clark Files Lawsuit in Jimmy John’s E. coli Outbreak

02.21.2012

The Marler Clark E. coli attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Iowa woman who was sickened with E. coli O26 after consuming a Jimmy John’s sandwich. Her illness is part of a multistate 12-person E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s.

Attorney William Marler Calls for Raw Milk Warning Labels

02.14.2012

In the wake of a 65-victim Campylobacter outbreak linked to unpasteurized (raw) milk produced by Scotland, Pennsylvania-based dairy, The Family Cow, food safety advocate and attorney William Marler is calling for warning labels to be placed on all raw milk products.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Washington State Raw Milk Dairy

01.03.2012

Marler Clark has filed an E. coli lawsuit against Tenino, Washington-based Cozy Valley Creamery on behalf of a child who was hospitalized with an E. coli infection after consuming raw milk from the dairy.

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