News from 2007



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ConAgra sued by Wisconsin resident sickened after eating Salmonella-tainted Banquet pot pie

A lawsuit was filed today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet pot pies were identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak in October. The...

Castleberry’s should pay botulism victims’ medical bills, attorney says

Bill Marler, an attorney who has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness outbreaks, including victims of botulism poisoning, called on Castleberry’s, the company whose...

Class Action Lawsuit to be Filed against Houlihan’s Friday

A class action lawsuit will be filed on January 26th against Houlihan’s, the Geneva, Illinois, restaurant where a food worker was diagnosed with hepatitis A...

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Almond Board of California

Bill Marler presented at the California Almond Board's 35th Annual Almond Industry Conference in Modesto, California. ...

Attorney Bruce Clark at the Hawai'i Environmental Health Association

Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark traveled to Honolulu, Hawai'i, to present at the 2007 Hawai'i Environmental Health Association conference. He gave two presentations titled, "Liability...

Attorney Bruce Clark at the Boulder County Environmental Health Association

Bruce Clark traveled to Boulder, Colorado, for the Boulder County EHA meeting on September 27, 2007 - their day on food safety....

Attorney speaks out about recall of Salmonella-contaminated spinach

Food safety attorney Bill Marler spoke out from across the globe today after hearing that bagged spinach has once again been recalled for contamination with...

Attorney Bill Marler at the American Association for Justice

Bill Marler traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, to be held July 14-18, 2007. He participated in the "Litigation...

Attorney Denis Stearns at the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Denver, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, where he gave a presentation titled, "Recouping Outbreak Costs...

Attorney Bruce Clark at Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association

Bruce Clark traveled to Abbotsford, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver, to present to the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association. Bruce's speech centered on food safety...

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Seattle law firm files sixth lawsuit against ConAgra over Salmonella-tainted pot pies

Marler Clark filed a sixth lawsuit against ConAgra today on behalf of a victim of the Banquet pot pie Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The...

Seattle lawyers represent Romeoville couple in Salmonella lawsuit against Pars Cove

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against Iran Echo International Corp., the owner of the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth that was identified as the...

Signs and Symptoms of Botulism

On Wednesday July 18, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about the risk of botulism poisoning from hot dog chili...

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Against Veggie Booty Manufacturer

A lawsuit was filed today in Federal District Court for the Western District of New York against Robert’s American Gourmet, the manufacturer of Veggie Booty...

Stearns Panel Presentation at the Institute for Supply Management

Denis Stearns gave a joint panel presentation with Marry Anne Hogue, Vice President of Food Safety Services for the Steritech Group, at the Institute for...

Stearns Speaks at Iowa Public Health Conference

Denis Stearns gave a speech titled, "Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness Outbreaks" at the Iowa...

Second lawsuit filed by victims of national Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter

A New York family filed suit against ConAgra this afternoon in United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The lawsuit was...

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Whittier Farms Pasteurized Milk Listeria Outbreak Lawsuit - Massachusetts (2007)

The Massachusetts Department of Health initiated an outbreak investigation November, 2007 following the report of an 87-year-old man, John Powers, who had tested positive for...

William Marler, Food Safety Attorney, Urges ConAgra to Recall All Banquet Pot Pies Immediately

William Marler called on ConAgra this morning “to do the right thing for its customers and to immediately recall all of its Banquet Pot Pies...

What to do about the “Mad Cow”

An Opinion-Editorial regarding the nation's food supply, written by Bill Marler after a cow in Washington State tested positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy "BSE," or...

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Legally Speaking: The food poisoning lawyer

John G. Browning's column for The Southeastern Texas Record begins: "If you're still snacking on Thanksgiving leftovers, this column just may jumpstart your diet plans,"...

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Marler Clark files fifth lawsuit against ConAgra on behalf of man who ate tainted Banquet pot pie

A Pasco, Washington man who became ill with Salmonella after eating a Banquet pot pie in September filed a lawsuit against ConAgra, the food manufacturer...

Marler Clark files second E. coli lawsuit in Minnesota against Cargill

Marler Clark filed the firm’s second E. coli lawsuit against Cargill today on behalf of Elk River, Minnesota, residents John and Barb Reber and their...

Michigan man sickened after eating pot pie files lawsuit against ConAgra

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet and store-brand chicken and turkey pot pies were identified as the source of...

Marler Clark files second lawsuit against ConAgra on behalf of victim of Salmonella outbreak

A lawsuit was filed today against ConAgra, the company whose Banquet chicken and turkey pot pies were identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella...

Marler Clark to Cargill: Step up, pay victims’ medical bills

Bill Marler, the Seattle attorney who has dedicated his law practice to representing victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness outbreaks, called today on...

Marler Clark files E. coli lawsuit against Cargill

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lin Minnesota against Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, the meat company whose frozen ground beef products were identified as the...

Marler Clark files Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of child sickened after eating pot pie

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit today against ConAgra, whose Banquet and store-brand pot pies were identified as the source of a nation-wide Salmonella outbreak that...

Marler Clark E. coli attorneys file lawsuit against Topps

A lawsuit was filed today against Topps Meat Company, the meat producer whose ground beef products have been identified as the source of an E...

Marler Clark Calls on Topps to Pay E. Coli Victims’ Medical Bills and Wages

Bill Marler, food safety advocate and E. coli attorney, whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, has been contacted by four victims of the E. coli...

Marler Clark files E. coli lawsuit against Oregon meat supplier

A lawsuit was filed today against Interstate Meats, Inc., the Clackamas, Oregon meat producer whose ground beef products were identified as the source of an...

Marler Clark files two more lawsuits against Pars Cove

The owners of Pars Cove Persian Cuisine were named as the defendant in two more lawsuits filed today in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago...

Marler Clark, parents of triplets file Salmonella lawsuit against Veggie Booty manufacturer

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit against Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. today in Albany County Supreme Court in New York. The lawsuit was filed...

Marler Clark calls on Veggie Booty manufacturer to pay Salmonella victims’ medical bills

William Marler, a food safety advocate and attorney whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, has been contacted by five victims of a Salmonella outbreak traced...

Marler Clark: Recent E. coli outbreaks traced to meat products ‘cause for concern’

Marler Clark has been retained by victims of many recent E. coli outbreaks, and has been contacted by several more who are seeking legal representation...

Managing Partner Bill Marler at a Minnesota Products Liability Seminar

Bill Marler presented at the Minnesota Products Liability Seminar on topics related to foodborne illness litigation as it relates to products liability....

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Quality Checkd Dairies

Bruce Clark was in Marco Island, Florida, to present at the Quality Checkd Dairies Annual Business Meeting. Bruce spoke about food safety as it relates...

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Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at Food HACCP Conference

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns traveled to San Francisco for the 2nd International Food HACCP conference. There, he gave a presentation titled, "Profiting from Unsafe...

Food Safety Attorney Dave Babcock at the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association

Marler Clark Senior Associate Dave Babcock traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he delivered a speech titled, "Legal Liability of Public Health Agencies for Alleged Negligent...

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at the North Dakota Environmental Health Association

Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler will attend the North Dakota Environmental Health Association conference on October 9-11, 2007, and will present on a topic...

Foodborne Pathogen Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the Indiana Environmental Health Association

Patti Waller will travel to Merrillville, Indiana, for the Indiana Environmental Health Association's Fall Educational Conference. Her presentation will be central to a discussion on...

Food Safety Attorney Drew Falkenstein at the Interstate Environmental Health Conference

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for a speaking engagement at the Interstate Environmental Health Conference, which was held at the historic Seelbach Hotel. His...

Food Safety Lawyers Stearns and Falkenstein at National Environmental Health Association

Denis Stearns and Drew Falkenstein presented during the Handwashing Leadership Forum session at the National Environmental Health Association conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Denis...

First suit filed against UFG by E. coli victim

The first lawsuit stemming from an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to ground beef produced by United Food Group, Inc. (UFG) was filed yesterday in...

Food Safety Attorney Falkenstein at a UGA Fresh-Cut Produce HACCP Workshop

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Athens, Georgia, to present at the University of Georgia's Fresh-Cut Produce HACCP Workshop, organized by the UGA Food Science Extension Outreach...

Flanders Provision Co. E. coli Outbreak Litigation - Colorado, Nationwide (2005)

Marler Clark represented two Colorado children who became ill with E. coli and HUS after consuming hamburgers made from Flanders Provision Company pre-formed, frozen hamburger...

Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at the Spring Hospitality Supply Management Conference

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Chicago, Illinois, for the Institute of Supply management's 2007 conference, where he gave a presentation titled, "Food Safety...

Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler at the National Steinbeck Center

Bill Marler traveled to the Salinas Valley's National Steinbeck Center to be the keynote speaker for an Ag Forum luncheon. Mr. Marler's presentation focused on...

Food Safety Legal Team at the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce

Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark and epidemiologist Patti Waller attended the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce meeting titled, "The Legal Aspects of Food Safety." Bruce and...

Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at the Southwest Food Safety Seminar

Denis Stearns presented a version of his 2006 NEHA presentation, "Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness...

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at the Minnesota Environmental Health Association

Bill Marler gave a presentation titled, "How to Sue a Health Department" at the Minnesota Environmental Health Association meeting, to be held in St. Paul...

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Denis Stearns Guest Lecture at Washington State University Workshop

Denis Stearns was in Portland, Oregon, to present at Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Northwest Food Safety & Sanitation...

Dairy Industry Association of Australia

Bill Marler traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to be the keynote speaker at the Dairy Association of Australia's Dairy Science World Series conference. He was the...

Dave Babcock at the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection

Dave Babcock presented at the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection conference on topics related to strict liability and distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate claims of...

Denis Stearns at the Oregon Environmental Health Association

Denis Stearns presented at the Oregon Environmental Health Association's Annual Education Conference at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon. His presentation was titled...

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Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck Guest Lecture at the University of Washington

Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck gave a joint presentation on the relationship between lawyers and public relations and how to get a strategic point across...

Bill Marler, Food Safety Lawyer at the China Int'l Food Safety and Quality Conference and Exposition

Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck will travel to Beijing, China, to present at the China International Food Safety Conference and Exposition, being held September 12-13...

Bill Marler at the Australian HACCP Conference Series

Bill Marler presented at the 14th Australian HACCP Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. His presentation was given during a program titled, "Tell us about class...

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New York Couple Sues Topps: Punitive damages sought

SEATTLE, WA (October 17, 2007) – A lawsuit seeking punitive damages was filed today against Topps, the New Jersey beef supplier that recalled nearly a...

New York State Association for Food Protection

Bruce Clark will present at the New York State Association for Food Protection's meeting in Syracuse at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2007. The...

National class action lawsuit filed over poisoned peanut butter

Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against ConAgra, the manufacturer of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter that was traced as the source...

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E. coli Lawyer Issues Statement Calling for Congressional Hearings on Meat Safety

Earlier this year J. Patrick Boyle, President and Chief Executive of the American Meat Institute, wrote in part in the New York Times: “Since 1999...

E. coli outbreak traced to Topps Meats

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service yesterday announced that Topps Meat Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was recalling 331,582 pounds of frozen ground beef...

Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the FDA Northeast Region Annual Food Protection Seminar

Patti Waller traveled to Connecticut for the FDA's Northeast Region Annual Food Protection Seminar. Her presentation touched on how Marler Clark uses health department data...

E. coli lawsuit filed against Fresno Meat Market

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against the Meat Market, a Fresno, California, business that was identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak...

Epidemiologist and Former Client at National Environmental Health Association

Patti Waller gave a joint presentation with former Marler Clark client Barbara Kowalcyk. Their presentation focused on Barbara's family's experience with searching for the source...

E. coli lawsuit filed against Minnesota meat supplier, grocer

A lawsuit was filed today against PM Beef Holdings, LLC and Lund Food Holdings, Inc., the producer and retailer who sold E. coli-contaminated ground beef...

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Victims of 2005 E. coli outbreak reach settlement with Strawberry Festival

Two victims of the 2005 E. coli outbreak traced to a petting zoo at the Florida Strawberry Festival resolved claims brought against the festival last...

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Interstate Meat E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Oregon, Washington & Idaho (2007)

Marler Clark represented Washington and Idaho residents who became ill with E. coli infections after eating ground beef produced by Interstate Meat Distributors in 2007...

Idaho Environmental Health Association

Drew Falkenstein was the keynote speaker for the Idaho Environmental Health Association's annual meeting, which will be held at Boise State University. His presentation focused...

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Peanut butter manufacturer sued by Missouri family

A Salmonella lawsuit was filed Friday in Missouri against ConAgra, the Omaha, Nebraska-based food company whose Georgia peanut butter plant was traced as the source...

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Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians Seminar (KAMFES)

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2007 KAMFES Seminar. He will present on the topic of liability of environmental health agencies for alleged...

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Third E. coli Lawsuit Filed against Taco John’s by Seattle Law Firm

Marler Clark filed its third lawsuit on behalf of a victim of last year’s E. coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa...