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2013 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.

Marler Clark, San Francisco Woman File E. coli Lawsuit Against Salad Manufacturer

11.26.2013

Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, filed an E. coli lawsuit against Artherstone Foods, an organic salad and sandwich producer doing business as Glass Onion Catering, on Monday.  The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court (Case no. CGC-13-535697) on behalf of San Francisco resident Jessie Withers, who allegedly fell ill with an E. coli infection after eating a contaminated salad purchased from Trader Joe’s and manufactured by Glass Onion Catering. 

Hawai’i Woman Sues Supplement Manufacturer and Retailer Over Liver Injury

11.19.2013

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii against USPlabs LLC and GNC Holdings, Inc., the manufacturer and retailer who sold OxyElite Pro, a synthetic dietary supplement that public health officials have determined is the source of an outbreak of acute liver failure and hepatitis among residents of Hawai’i. The lawsuit was filed by Seattle-based Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, and Michael F. O’Connor of Honolulu-based Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura & Jew. 

First E. coli Case Against Glass Onion Filed By Marler Clark, Sonoma County Woman

11.14.2013

In an E. coli lawsuit filed Thursday, the Marler Clark attorneys allege a Sonoma County woman fell ill with an E. coli infection after eating a salad manufactured by Glass Onion Catering.  The company’s salads and wraps were linked to a 26-person E. coli outbreak among residents of California, Washington state and Arizona.

William Marler offers Pittsburgh residents his Top 10 Tips for dining out during an E. coli outbreak

10.30.2013

Attorney Bill Marler responds to reports that an E. coli outbreak has been linked to an Oakland neighborhood restaurant with his top 10 tips for dining out during an E. coli outbreak.

William Marler, Attorney for E. coli Victims, Reacts to Federico’s Announcement

09.10.2013

William Marler, the Seattle-based attorney who represents over a dozen victims of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among customers of the Litchfield Park, Arizona Federico’s restaurant, responded to the restaurant chain’s announcement today that it had hired the “Queen of Clean” to assess the cleanliness of its restaurants in an effort to prevent future E. coli outbreaks. 

Marler Clark Files Second E. coli Lawsuit Against Federico’s Mexican Restaurant

08.07.2013

In a lawsuit filed late yesterday, a mother alleges her 16-year-old daughter fell ill with an E. coli infection and was hospitalized after eating tacos purchased from the Federico’s Mexican Restaurant in Litchfield Park.  The lawsuit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court on behalf of Melani Beauregard and her daughter by Seattle-based Marler Clark and Phoenix-based O’Steen & Harrison.  This is the second lawsuit the two firms have filed on behalf of alleged victims of an E. coli outbreak the Maricopa County Health Department has traced to the restaurant.

First Lawsuit filed Against Federico’s Restaurant by Marler Clark

08.06.2013

Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, filed an E. coli lawsuit today against the owners of the Litchfield Park, Arizona Federico’s Mexican Restaurant.  The lawsuit alleges that plaintiff Brian Clayton is one of at least of over a dozen people who fell ill with E. coli infections after eating at the restaurant in July.  Mr. Clayton is also represented by Phoenix attorney Jonathan O’Steen of O’Steen & Harrison.

Marler Clark Calls on Public Health Agencies to Name Names Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

07.31.2013

On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies announced in an outbreak update that the epidemiologic investigation into a cyclospora outbreak had led to the conclusion that a prepackaged salad mix was the source of the outbreak.  According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 143 cases of cyclospora infection have been reported to IDPH.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update to its “Investigation of an Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in the United States,” stating that at least 21 people had been hospitalized and a total of 372 cases nationwide had been identified. 

Marler Clark Files Lawsuit Against Iguana Joe’s on Behalf of Alleged Salmonella Outbreak Victim

07.23.2013

Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, filed a lawsuit today against Iguana Joe’s on behalf of a child who was allegedly part of a Salmonella outbreak liked to the restaurant.  The complaint was filed in Harris County District Court by the child’s parents, who are represented by Marler Clark. 

Marler Clark Files Second Lawsuit Against Lombard Mexican Restaurant

07.16.2013

Seattle-based Marler Clark and Chicago-based Newland & Newland filed a second E. coli lawsuit yesterday against Los Burritos Mexicanos on behalf of a man who claims to have fallen ill with an E. coli infection after eating at the restaurant.

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Lombard Restaurant Connected to E. coli Outbreak

06.20.2013

Seattle-based Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, filed a lawsuit today against Los Burritos Mexicanos.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of DuPage County, Illinois resident Elizabeth Bernardi, who alleges she fell ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating food from the restaurant.

Marler Clark, Washington Resident Sue Townsend Farms Over Hepatitis A

06.18.2013

Marler Clark filed a hepatitis A lawsuit against Townsend Farms on behalf of a Snohomish County man who became ill with a hepatitis A infection after eating the company’s frozen berry and pomegranate seed blend.

Second Arizona Woman Files Lawsuit Against Townsend Farms Over Hepatitis A

06.17.2013

The law offices of Seattle-based Marler Clark and Phoenix-based O’Steen & Harrison filed a lawsuit late last week against Townsend Farms, the company whose frozen berry and pomegranate seed product has been identified as the source of at least 97 hepatitis A cases among residents of 8 states.  The lawsuit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court on behalf of Claudine Rad, a woman who alleges she fell ill with a hepatitis A infection after eating “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate seed product sold at Costco.

Berry Producer Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak Sued Again in San Diego; Case Count Climbs to 99

06.11.2013

Marler Clark, Gordon & Holmes and Keeney, Waite & Stevens filed a second lawsuit against Oregon berry producer Townsend Farms today in San Diego County Superior Court.  This is the second individual lawsuit filed on behalf of a hepatitis A outbreak victim from the San Diego area by the three law firms.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Geoff Soza, who alleges he fell ill with a hepatitis A infection after eating a frozen organic berry mix manufactured by Townsend Farms.

Washington Resident Files Class Action Lawsuit against Berry Producer Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

06.10.2013

A class action lawsuit was filed today against Townsend Farms, the company whose “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix has been identified as the source of a hepatitis A outbreak among residents of several Western states.  The lawsuit was filed by Seattle-based Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, on behalf of named plaintiffs Jay Seward and all other Washington state residents who received hepatitis A vaccination or immune globulin injections to prevent hepatitis A infection after eating the Townsend Farms frozen berry blend or who required testing for hepatitis A after consuming the Townsend Farms product.

Marler Clark Applauds Costco for Responsible Corporate Citizenship On Heels of Hepatitis A Outbreak

06.06.2013

Attorney Bill Marler commended Costco today for proactively reaching out to the warehouse chain’s customers who purchased “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate mix and offering to pay for hepatitis A vaccinations for those who consumed the product. 

Marler Clark files 3rd Salmonella Lawsuit Against Holiday Inn Bordeaux

06.04.2013

Seattle-based Marler Clark filed a third lawsuit* against the Holiday Inn Bordeaux today.  The lawsuit was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on behalf of Asheville resident Lacey Townsend, who alleges she became ill with a Salmonella infection after eating food purchased from the hotel’s restaurant “that was adulterated, not fit for human consumption, and that was not reasonably safe as designed, manufactured, or sold.” 

California Woman Who Ate Frozen Berries Sues Townsend Farms Over Hepatitis A

06.04.2013

A lawsuit was filed today in San Diego County Superior Court (Case No. 37-2013-00051417-CU-PL-CTL) against Townsend Farms, the company whose Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend has been linked to a hepatitis A outbreak among 49 residents of 7 states.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a San Diego County resident who alleges she fell ill with a hepatitis A infection after eating Townsend Farms frozen berries. 

Marler Clark to File 2 Lawsuits Against Frozen Berry Producer Linked to Hepatitis A Scare

06.03.2013

Marler Clark will file 2 lawsuits—one today and one tomorrow—against Townsend Farms, Inc., the company whose Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend has been linked to a hepatitis A outbreak, this week.  The lawsuits will be filed in San Diego County Superior Court on behalf of a woman who fell ill with a hepatitis A infection after eating Townsend Farms frozen berries and in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of named plaintiff Jacob Petersen and all other individuals who received hepatitis A vaccinations after exposure to the hepatitis A virus from the consumption of the frozen berry blend.

Lawsuits Filed Against Fayetteville Holiday Inn over Salmonella Outbreak

05.22.2013

Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, and Fayetteville lawyer Steven Lawrence filed two lawsuits Tuesday against the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.  The lawsuits were filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on behalf of two Fayetteville women who allege that they became ill with Salmonella infections after eating food purchased from the Holiday Inn.

Bill Marler:  Holiday Inn Should Pay Victims’ Medical Bills and Lost Wages

05.17.2013

Attorney William Marler today called on the Holiday Inn Bordeaux to provide compensation for all 44 people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating food prepared at the hotel during an ongoing Salmonella outbreak.  According to the Cumberland County Health Department, at least 5 people have been hospitalized as a result of their Salmonella infections. 

Family of Canadian Woman Sues California Lettuce Supplier in U.S. District Court

05.10.2013

The family of a Canadian woman who allegedly died after eating E. coli-contaminated lettuce sold by California-based Tanimura & Antle filed a lawsuit against the company late last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The lawsuit was filed by Seattle-based Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, and San Diego-based Gordon & Holmes. 

Marler Clark Files Class Action Lawsuit against West Village Restaurant Linked to Hepatitis A Scare

04.11.2013

Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, and Underberg & Kessler, a Rochester, NY law firm, filed a class action lawsuit today against Alta Restaurant.  The lawsuit was filed in New York County Superior Court on behalf of named plaintiff Michael Piacente and other restaurant patrons who received hepatitis A vaccinations after alleged exposure to the hepatitis A virus at Alta Restaurant between March 23 and April 2, 2013. 

Marler Clark, Seattle Women Sue Ethiopian Restaurant over E. coli

04.04.2013

Plaintiffs fell ill with E. coli infections after eating at Ambassel Restaurant in Seattle’s Central District

An E. coli lawsuit was filed today against Ambassel Restaurant, an Ethiopian restaurant located in Seattle’s Central District that was identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among restaurant patrons in February.  The lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court on behalf of two Seattle women who fell ill with E. coli infections after eating at the restaurant by Marler Clark, the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness.

William Marler Honored as Distinguished Law Graduate by Seattle University School of Law

03.11.2013

William (Bill) Marler is one of four honorees who will receive recognition at the Seattle University School of Law 40th Anniversary Celebration next month.  Marler will receive the Distinguished Law Graduate Award at a reception to be held Thursday, April 11 on the Seattle University campus. 

Marler, Clients Praise Justice Department for Indictment of Peanut Corp. of America Officials

02.21.2013

Bill Marler, the nation’s leading lawyer representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, praised the U.S. Justice Department today for indicting former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) officials for their part in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says resulted in 714 Salmonella cases and 9 deaths in 2008 and 2009. 

Sisters Sue Macomb County Restaurant and Meat Supplier in Salmonella Case

02.04.2013

Two Michigan-based meat suppliers and a restaurant were named as defendants in a Salmonella lawsuit brought by Seattle-based Marler Clark.  The lawsuit was filed in Macomb County Circuit Court on behalf of Macomb County residents M.T. and S.J.—two of at least nine Michigan residents who were part of a 16-person multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef in December.  Defendants named in the lawsuit are Ike’s Restaurant, Jouni Meat and Gab Halal Foods.

Attorney for E. coli Victims:  Canada-California Leafy Greens Connection is Strong

01.10.2013

After learning that an E. coli outbreak in Canada in late December and early January was likely caused by fresh produce, lawyer Bill Marler—who has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illnesses—did some research.  He looked at historical data linking California leafy greens to E. coli outbreaks in Canada, and found a long history of problems.

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