News from 2004



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Lawsuit filed against Crossroads Farm on behalf of four E. coli victims

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court against the owners and operators of the Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo, the petting zoo linked...

Lawsuit filed against Safeway on behalf of man who suffered Salmonella infection

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of a Forest Grove, Oregon, resident who suffered extensive injuries when he contracted Salmonellosis after eating Salmonella-contaminated...

Lawsuit filed against food supplier by family of Sequoias resident who died from E. coli infection

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit in San Mateo Superior Court on behalf of the family of a Sequoias resident who died after eating E. coli...

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Two lawsuits filed against Chi-Chi's on behalf of hepatitis A outbreak victims

Marler Clark filed two additional lawsuits against Chi-Chi’s on behalf of hepatitis A infection victims. Both lawsuits alleged that the plaintiffs contracted hepatitis A after...

Two new Salmonella lawsuits filed against Chili's

Marler Clark filed two additional lawsuits against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, the parent company of the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds were sickened a year...

Third Food-Poisoning Lawsuit Filed Against Chili's; First to Name Restaurant Manager as Defendant

Marler Clark filed a third lawsuit against the company that owns the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds of people were sickened as a result...

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Outbreaks at nursing homes put seniors at severe risk

Fifteen residents of the Alterra Clare Bridge assisted-living facility were hospitalized after they became ill with what appeared to be Norovirus infections. While such infections...

Our food-safety system falls short

Suing food suppliers and restaurants whose products make people seriously ill is Bill Marler's business -- and business is good....

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Are Fairs, Petting Zoos Just Too Dangerous?

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have been increasingly linked to fairs and petting zoos. Bill Marler was interviewed by Food Protection Report and gave his thoughts...

Attorneys' Fees Donated to local High School for Scholarships

Marler Clark donated $15,000 to Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Massachusetts, for scholarships. The check was a portion of attorneys’ fees from a class-action...

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Monroe County Marketplace possibly linked to E. coli outbreak

Mendon Meadows Marketplace recalled all ground beef products, including veal, and fresh ground beef patties, that were purchased between November 7 and November 14, 200...

Marler Clark announces settlement of 49 Chili's Salmonella Claims

Marler Clark settled the claims of 49 individuals who were infected with Salmonella after eating at the Vernon Hills, Illinois, Chili’s Grill & Bar in...

Marler Clark files second lawsuit against Paramount Farms in almonds case

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Renton, Washington, resident who suffered a Salmonella infection after consuming Paramount Farms raw almonds he purchased at...

Marler Clark files fourth lawsuit against Chili's

Marler Clark filed its fourth lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, owner of the Vernon Hills Chili’s Grill & Bar. The lawsuit was filed in Federal...

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E. coli and the Fair

Bill Marler's opinion-editorial about E. coli outbreaks at fairs and petting zoos across the country touched on what can be done to prevent future E...

E. coli lawsuit filed against Joplin daycare

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of a two-year-old boy who suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) after contracting E. coli...

E. coli lawsuit filed against Carneco in connection with Sam's Club Outbreak

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit on behalf of a nine-year-old Eagan, Minnesota, resident who suffered from an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating an E...

E. coli and the County Fair

Bill Marler's Opinion-Editorial discusses the risks associated with exposure to E. coli at state and local fairs....

E. coli infections particularly dangerous for small children

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks across the country, and several illnesses in Olympia, Washington, prompted the Marler Clark attorneys to expand the information available on E...

E. coli strikes again for Carneco and Sam's Club

Four Minnesota residents and one Wisconsin resident became ill in July, 2004, after eating sirloin patties purchased at Sam's Club stores in White Bear Lake...

E. coli victim sues BJ's Wholesale Club

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against BJ’s Wholesale Club on behalf of a New Jersey boy who was three years old when he suffered complications...

E. coli lawsuits re-filed against Excel in Sizzler case

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

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chesterton Restaurant

At least five individuals became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the Lakeshore Café and Family Restaurant located at 475 Sand Creek Drive in...

Second lawsuit filed against Sodexho in connection with Sequoias Retirement Village E. coli Outbreak

A second E. coli lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of a Sequoias Portola Valley retirement facility resident who suffered from an E. coli O157:H...

Second salmonella lawsuit filed against Coronet Foods in Federal Court

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit Tuesday against Cornet Foods in Federal District Court in Pittsburgh. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Butler...

Sheetz 'doing responsible thing' says food safety attorney

Bill Marler complimented Sheetz for actions the company took to compensate victims of a Salmonella outbreak that was traced to tainted tomatoes served in sandwiches...

Sheetz produce supplier sued by victims of Salmonella outbreak

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Coronet Foods, Inc. in Federal District Court on behalf of a resident of West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, who became...

Salmonella infections traced to contaminated tomatoes

Over sixty people became ill with Salmonella serotype javiana infections across a broad section of the East Coast over the last weeks. The illnesses were...

Seattle attorneys file second hepatitis A class action lawsuit: Quizno's sued

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against Quizno’s on behalf of all individuals who received Immune globulin (Ig) injections after being exposed to the...

Sprouts recalled: salmonella outbreaks not uncommon, could be prevented

Montana sprout producer Down to Earth Sprouts recalled alfalfa sprouts and mixed spicy sprouts after discovering they were potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts...

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Consumers should check their freezers, E. coli-contaminated ground beef linked to Illinois and Nevad

Two confirmed and four probable cases of E. coli O157:H7 bacterial illnesses were linked by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ground beef...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Chili's; Punitive Damages Sought

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against Brinker Restaurant Corporation, the owner of the Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant where hundreds were sickened as a...

Class Action Lawsuit filed Against Friendly's

A class action lawsuit was filed against Friendly’s International, Inc., the owner of the Friendly’s restaurant located at 105 Broadway in Arlington, Massachusetts. Marler Clark...

Civil Suit Filed Against Man Accused of Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against a 29-year-old Olympia, Washington, resident who was charged with the November 2, 2003 death of a 47-year-old Kirkland, Washington...

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Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Linked to Cantaloupe Not Uncommon

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Little Seeds Early Childhood Center in Yellowstone City, Montana, was traced to contaminated cantaloupe served to children at...

Final Report: Chili's Salmonella Outbreak Linked to "Poor Judgment"

The Lake County Health Department issued its final report on the Chili’s Salmonella outbreak, declaring that “a large number of ill employees at the facility...

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Irradiating foods - One More Step to Preventing Illness in Our Schools

Bill Marler's opinion-editorial on food irradiation for the National School Lunch Program highlighted the need for safer food in the nation's school food supply....

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Paramount Farms sued in tainted almonds case

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against California-based almond producer, Paramount Farms. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Washington state, on behalf of...

Punitive Damages Claim Added to Chili's Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

A federal court judge allowed victims of the Salmonella outbreak that occurred at a Vernon Hills Chili’s restaurant in June 2003 to add claims for...

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New Hepatitis Litigation Site Provides Useful Resource for Victims Making Claims Against Chi-Chi's

Marler Clark launched www.hepatitislitigation.com in an effort to make the claims process easier for people who became ill with, or required immunization against, hepatitis A...

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Doubletree Hotel Shigella Outbreak Lawsuit - Colorado (2003)

Marler Clark's attorneys represented three victims of a Shigella outbreak linked to food served at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster, CO, in 2003. Food handlers...

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Big Beef’s Dirty War

In this article, Denis Stearns, a partner with Marler Clark, discusses the meat industry's attachment to HACCP, which shifted much of the responsibility for carrying...