News from 2003



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TAINTED: The Flawed Meat Safety System

A two-part series from the Philadelphia Inquirer details the lack of security in our nation's food safety net and tells the stories of victims of...

Two more lawsuits filed against Chi-Chi's in Hepatitis Case

Marler Clark filed two more lawsuits against Chi Chi’s on behalf of hepatitis victims today in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. The...

Test Entry - Home Water Filtration Helps Prevent Infection and Disease

Home tap water contains many contaminants. Filtering your water helps prevent health problems later on. ...

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Food Safety Attorney, William Marler, Speaks Out on Mad Cow

Bill Marler's opinion-editorial on the first case of Mad Cow disease in the United states begins, "We as Americans have grown up believing that our...

First Hepatitis A Lawsuit Filed Against Suppliers of Tainted Onions

Marler Clark filed suit in Federal District Court on behalf of a liver transplant survivor and his wife. The lawsuit was filed against the suppliers...

Food Safety Advocates Speak Out about E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

The San Diego County Health Department announced that commercial bagged lettuce mix was the source of sixteen cases of potential E. coli O157:H7 in San...

First Salmonella lawsuit filed against Chili's

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Chili’s Restaurants and its parent company, Brinker International. The lawsuit arisose from the Salmonella outbreak at...

Food Safety Attorney Calls on FDA to Require Sprout Labeling

A sprout-related Salmonella outbreak in western Oregon, Washington, and northern California prompted Bill Marler to call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require...

Food Poisoning Legal Team Joins Fight for Laraway School Victims

Nearly one-third of the victims from the November 25, 2002, anhydrous ammonia poisoning at Laraway Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois were represented by Marler Clark...

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Hepatitis-A Victims' Attorneys Ask Bankruptcy Court to Lift Stay

Marler Clark filed motions to lift the stay of bankruptcy in Delaware Bankruptcy Court on behalf of 58 victims of the Chi-Chi’s hepatitis A outbreak...

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Secondary cases of Hepatitis-A predictable, lawyer says

Bill Marler said that although the Chi-Chi's hepatitis A outbreak was traced to contaminated green onions, secondary cases of the illness would most likely be...

Second Salmonella lawsuit filed against chili's by Marler Clark

Food Safety Lawyers Renew Call that Chili's Pay Victims' Medical BillsMarler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, the owner of the Vernon...

Salmonella outbreak at Albuquerque nursing home leaves one resident dead

A Salmonella outbreak at the Albuquerque Manor nursing home sickened at least eighteen residents during the week of November 10, 2003. One resident, an 80-year-old...

Salmonella Outbreak - Poison in our Schools?

An outbreak at Kodiak Christian School in Kodiak, Alaska, sickened nearly 50 students and hospitalized several. Health officials investigated the outbreak to determine whether Salmonella...

Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated Egg Salad

Oregon County Health Departments and the State of Oregon Department of Human Services epidemiologically linked an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium to contaminated egg salad served...

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Court of Appeals decision allowing Wisconsin citizens to sue when injur

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling that upheld an earlier Court of Appeals decision holding that meat supplier Excel can be found liable under...

Salmonella victim files lawsuit against Seasons at the Pond Restaurant

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Seasons at the Pond restaurant, located at 425 Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. The restaurant was the source...

Sunset House Salmonella Outbreak Litigation - Wyoming (2003)

In 2003, public health officials in Wyoming identified 65 Salmonella cases that were associated with the consumption of food purchased at the Sunset House Restaurant...

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed against Clarkston Quality Inn

A lawsuit was filed against Choice Hotels International, Inc. and Clarkston Development Group, L.P., owners of the Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center and the...

Salmonella Outbreak Could have been Prevented

Consumers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska were asked to throw out Harmony Foods brand sprouts after several people in Western Washington and Oregon became...

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Victims' attorney, William Marler, calls on Chi-Chi's to disclose suppliers of green onions

Bill Marler responded to the FDA announcement that green onions were the source of the hepatitis A outbreak linked to the Beaver County Mall Chi-Chi’s...

Victims of Salmonella poisoning deserve compensation

Health officials traced an outbreak of Salmonella serotype berta to the Golden Corral restaurant on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, Georgia. There were nearly 20 confirmed...

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Outbreak: Chi-Chi's should have seen it coming and heeded warning signs, attorney says

Bill Marler responded to the FDA announcement that green onions were the source of the hepatitis A outbreak linked to the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi’s...

Outbreak victims file lawsuit against Golden Corral

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a four-year-old Atlanta child and her grandmother, both of whom became seriously ill after eating at the...

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Attorney for hepatitis victims cautions against assuming green onions are source of hepatitis

Bill Marler cautioned consumers against attributing the outbreak of hepatitis A in Pennsylvania to consumption of green onions. Marler again called on Chi Chi’s to...

Attorney for Hepatitis Victims Responds to Chi-Chi's Press Conference Announcement

Bill Marler called on Chi-Chi’s to compensate victims of the hepatitis A outbreak traced to the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi's restaurant and to repay the...

About-Salmonella website is resource for victims of outbreak linked to Escondido Restaurant

Marler Clark re-launched its sponsored site about Salmonella in a new, easier to navigate format at the same time North County Environmental Health officials traced...

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E. coli Attorney Calls for Increased Precautions at Fairs

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Fort Bend County Fair in Texas sickened over 15 people, and sent children to the hospital with...

E. coli outbreak at nursing home puts seniors at severe risk

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at a Portola Valley retirement center sickened at least seventeen residents and seven staff members. Health officials focused their investigation...

E. coli Lawsuit Filed

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a sixteen-year-old Carlsbad, California, girl who was hospitalized with a severe E. coli O157:H7 infection after consuming...

E. coli attorney calls on FDA to increase funding to make produce safe

Health officials suspect a recent outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at four Pat & Oscars restaurants in San Diego to be linked to pre-mixed packaged...

E. coli attorney calls on FDA to increase funding to make produce safe

Health officials suspect a recent outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at four Pat & Oscars restaurants in San Diego to be linked to pre-mixed packaged...

E. coli outbreak linked to mall restaurant

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was linked to Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant at St. Clair Square, a regional mall in Southwest Illinois. Five people tested positive...

E. coli outbreak linked to steaks sold door-to-door

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was linked to mechanically-tenderized steaks sold in several Midwestern states. Five individuals in Minnesota, Kansas, and Michigan reportedly developed E...

E. coli outbreak: Second St. Louis outbreak linked to cafeteria

St. Louis health officials and the CDC investigated an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the SBC Center. Several individuals showed symptoms of E. coli infection...

E. coli lawsuit filed against Lane County Fair Board

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Lane County Fair Board on behalf of 29 individuals and families of individuals who were infected with E...

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Spokane Produce

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Spokane girl who suffered severe complications from an E. coli O157:H7 infection after consuming Spokane Produce...

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Lawsuit filed against Chi-Chi's on behalf of hepatitis-A victims

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Pittsburgh-area family, all of whom contracted hepatitis-A after eating at the Beaver Valley Chi-Chi’s. The lawsuit...

Lawsuit filed against Redmond restaurant

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Redmond, Washington resident who became ill with a foodborne illness in August, 2002, after eating at the...

Lack of hand-washing leads to Salmonella outbreak

Lake County Health Department officials traced a Salmonella outbreak at Chili’s Grill & Bar to an infected food-handler. Six patrons tested positive for the bacteria...

Lawyers for Food Poisoning Victims Sue USDA for Withholding Documents

Marler Clark filed suit against the USDA in Federal Court in Washington state, claiming the agency improperly withheld documents concerning dozens of children that were...

Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Sprout Case

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court against Harmony Farms, LLC, the Auburn, Washington, sprout grower that was linked by the Oregon...

Lawsuit Filed against KFC after Children become Ill with Salmonella Poisoning

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Erie, Colorado, children who became ill with Salmonella Newport infections after eating at a Lafayette, Colorado, KFC...

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Marler Clark launches improved E. coli websites

Marler Clark launched redesigned websites in an effort to make information on E. coli O157:H7, the deadly foodborne pathogen, more easily accessible for Internet users...

Marler Clark files second E. coli lawsuit

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Gold Coast Produce and Family Tree Produce. The suit was filed in Orange County Superior Court on behalf...

More E. coli lawsuits brought against Excel in Sizzler case

Five lawsuits were filed in Milwaukee County Superior Court against Excel, the company that was alleged to have supplied E. coli O157:H7-contaminated meat to two...

Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler settle Brook-Lea Salmonella cases

Claims brought by 79 victims of Salmonella poisoning during two outbreaks at Brook-Lea country club in 2002 were settled amicably. Attorneys for Marler Clark, Underberg...

Marler Clark, Hepatitis A Victims File Lawsuit against Chimayo, Eastsound Restaurant

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Chimayo, the Eastsound restaurant associated with a Hepatitis A outbreak in the spring of 2000. The lawsuit was filed...

Marler Clark, E. coli victims sue BJ’s Wholesale Club for $25 Million

Marler Clark represented the families of two Orangeburg, New York, children in litigation against BJ's Wholesale Club after ground beef purchased from the chain's West...

Marler Clark files lawsuit against Brook-Lea

Marler Clark, the attorneys for 70 victims of salmonella poisoning at the Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester, New York, sought punitive damages for country club's...

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Poison in our Schools?

This Opinion-Editorial, written by Bill Marler, discusses vulnerabilities of the National School Lunch Program....

Proud to Be a Lawyer

Writer Jay Flynn interviewed Marler Clark partner Andy Weisbecker about his community involvement as a youth soccer coach for an issue of Bar News....

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Washington Supreme Court Decision Upholds $4.6 Million Jury Award for School E. coli Outbreak

The Washington Supreme Court declined to review a 2002 Court of Appeals decision upholding a $4.6 million award to eleven children injured in a 199...

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Company is indicted over meat

The general manager of an Orangeburg, S.C., food distributor that has bid on public school contracts across South Carolina, including in Aiken County, was indicted...

Chili's insurance company trying to settle Salmonella outbreak claims

Several people injured as part of the Chili’s salmonella outbreak report being directed to the restaurant’s insurance company, Liberty Mutual, for the possible settlement of...

Court of Appeals decision ensures that the doors of the courthouse will remain open

The State of Wisconsin District I Court of Appeals handed down a decision holding that meat supplier Excel can be found liable under state law...

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Zapping Ground Beef Worries

We don't have to tell you that operating a restaurant is a risky proposition. But if you want to ascertain just how sensationally risky it...

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USDA study shows E. coli O157:H7 common at Fairs in United States

In follow up on the filing of a lawsuit involving 29 victims of the 2002 Lane County Fair E. coli outbreak, and in light of...

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Reno Hilton Outbreak - Again?

Nearly a year after a jury awarded $25.2 million to a group of tourists sickened while staying at the Reno Hilton, the hotel was again...

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"Fingerprints" Key to E. coli Outbreaks

The USDA uses Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) testing when E. coli O157:H7 and other deadly pathogens are found in ground beef. The USDA routinely...