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.


‘Governor Schwarzenegger, Veto This Bill!’ Pleads Food Safety Advocate William Marler

An ambitious and well-meaning attempt to make California’s dairy products safer arrives this week in the California Assembly in the form of State Bill 201—but...

‘Put a Trial Lawyer Out of Business: Pass Meaningful Food Safety Legislation by Thanksgiving’

“New food safety legislation is needed, if not for the consumer’s sake, then to put trial lawyers like me out of business,” says food...

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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...

"Put me out of business, please."

On March 1, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued additional Guidelines “for the Safe Production of Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables.” Bill Marler commented...

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$10,000 Scholarship Donated on Behalf of Florida E. coli Victim

West Broward High School students interested in science have new incentive to pursue higher education. Marler Clark, the Seattle-based food safety law firm, announced a...

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1,000,000 Pounds of Salmonella Chicken Recalled

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19 New Jersey residents ill in latest E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in New Jersey has sickened at least 19 people, most of whom reported eating at New Jersey Taco Bell restaurants...

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A call for country of origin labeling on fruits and vegetables

Bill Marler argued that a death and dozens of reports of illness in the Western United States that were linked to Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe could have...

A Long History of Tomatoes and Salmonella

The CDC, public health officials in several states, the Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together on an...

A Second Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler by Local Law firm

A lawsuit filed by Marler Clark claims that Sizzler is liable for the injuries and damages that sickened over 50 people and left one child...

About-Salmonella website is resource for families of children stricken with Salmonella

At least 70 children exhibited symptoms of Salmonella poisoning after attending an etiquette dinner at the City Club in Gastonia, North Carolina, in September, 2005...

About-Salmonella website is resource for victims of Cleveland-area outbreak

Cuyahoga County health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak in the Cleveland area that likely originated at Corky and Lenny's restaurant in Woodmere. At least...

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

Amarillo Environmental Health officials traced a Salmonella outbreak to the Tacos Garcia restaurant located at 1100 Ross Street. At least twelve patrons who ate together...

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...

American Food Group Should Pay E. coli Victims' Medical Bills

Bill Marler called on American Foods Groups, Inc., the Green Bay, Wisconsin meat supplier implicated in a Minnesota E. coli outbreak, to pay medical bills...

American Food Safety System a “Train Wreck”

In just a year and a half, the American meat industry has experienced a whiplash of beef recalls. 40 million pounds of meat tainted with...

Amid Massive Peanut Butter Recall, Marler Clark Files Second Salmonella Lawsuit

Firm Repeatedly Called on Peanut Corporation of America to Pay Medical Bills and Wage LossOne day after the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) initiated one...

Another E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Sizzler

Marler Clark filed another E. coli lawsuit against Sizzler USA and E & B ManagementIn. In addition to Sizzler, named as defendants in the complaint...

Another E. coli Outbreak

Marler Clark Lawyer says Federal and State Regulators Play a High-Risk Game with ConsumersPublic health officials in Washington, DC, California, and Wisconsin are playing a...

Another Hepatitis Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois McDonald’s

Another lawsuit on behalf of a customer sickened in the Milan McDonald’s outbreak was filed today in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit...

Another Victim Files Suit in Nebraska Beef E. coli Outbreak

As investigating health authorities grapple with the extent of the Nebraska Beef outbreak, more victims are asserting claims against the meat company. The recent filing...

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...

Asheville Tempeh Salmonella Outbreak Leads to Lawsuit

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...

At least 29 students die of possible cyanide poisoning after eating food served at school

At least 29 pupils at San Jose Elementary School in Magini, Bohol, Philippines died of cyanide poisoning after eating carmelized cassava roots. Health officials said...

Attorney and Food Safety Expert William Marler Warns of Long-Term Salmonella Complications

In the wake of a 59-person Salmonella outbreak linked to Corinth, Mississippi-based Don Julio Mexican Restaurant, food poisoning attorney William Marler is warning of the...

Attorney Bill Marler Calls on City of Opelika to Pay E. coli Victims’ Healthcare Costs

E. coli lawyer Bill Marler is asking that the City of Opelika, Alabama pay the medical expenses for victims of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak...

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

“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...

Attorney Bill Marler Sends Poisoned to Nation’s Capital

In an effort to bring attention to the need for improved food safety regulations, Bill Marler sent a copy of the new book Poisoned: The...

Attorney Calls on Wendy's to Pay all Victims' Medical Bills

William Marler called on Wendy’s corporate leaders “to do the right thing and immediately pay all the victim’s medical bills related to E. coli illnesses...

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

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...

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...

Attorney Marler Calls for Increased Transparency in Foodborne Illness Investigations

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...

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

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...

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 William Marler Calls for Raw Milk Warning Labels

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 Recognized for Public Health Advocacy

William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark, has been selected for a prestigious law award recognizing his work on behalf of a safer food...

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

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...

Attorneys Donate Scholarship Funds in Memory of Maiden High School Grad

A science scholarship has been founded at Maiden High School on behalf of Bobby "Pete" Ray Hullett, a Maiden High graduate who died in 200...

Attorneys for Spraypark victims seek certification for class action lawsuit

Marler Clark filed a motion Friday for certification of a class action lawsuit against the State of New York Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical...

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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Backgrounder: Unpasteurized Juice

On August 28, 1997, the FDA published a notice of intent that would require all unpasteurized or untreated juices to be labeled with a warning...

Bagged "Pre-Washed" Lettuce: Is Convenience Worth the Risk?

At least 23 Minnesotans were ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating bagged, pre-washed lettuce. 245,000 bags of lettuce were recalled for potential E...

Benton Restaurant Sued by Salmonella Outbreak Victim

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Santa Fe Foods, owner of the Café Santa Fe restaurant in Benton, Arkansas. The lawsuit was filed on...

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

Marler Clark, Gordon & Holmes and Keeney, Waite & Stevens filed a second lawsuit against Oregon berry producer Townsend Farms today in San Diego County...

Bill Marler Offers Assistance in Japan E. coli Outbreak

American food poisoning attorney and food safety advocate William Marler is offering assistance to Japanese lawyers of victims of the recent E. coli outbreak that...

Bill Marler Receives S.U. Professional Achievement Award

On Tuesday April 5, 2011 Bill Marler will receive the 2011 Seattle University Professional Achievement Award at the Alumni Achievement Awards Celebration. Marler earned his...

Bill Marler to Sprout Industry: Face Reality, Sprouts Can Sicken and Kill

Food safety attorney and advocate Bill Marler is calling on the sprout industry to take steps to protect consumers from the increased risks associated with...

Bill Marler Urges UK Adoption of US Petting Zoo Guidelines to Prevent E. coli Outbreaks

News that a large and growing outbreak of highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 linked to the Gladstone Farm and Playbarn in Surrey, England has led...

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

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...

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

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...

Bill Marler: E. coli O26 Outbreak and Recall Illustrate Urgent Need for Change

The recent outbreak of E. coli O26 linked to three illnesses and the recall of four tons of ground beef products produced by Cargill Meat...

Bill Marler's Marlerblog Awarded Best Blog

Bill Marler’s popular blog on food safety, foodborne illness, and food policy was honored by PR News as best blog in the Legal PR awards...

Bill Marler's top Ten Food Safety Stories of 2008

Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler (of Seattle foodborne illness powerhouse Marler Clark) polled his wide range of contacts in the food safety community...

Boston E. coli Illnesses Appear be Part of Multi-State Outbreak

An outbreak of the highly toxic strain of E. coli O157:H7 in the Boston area appears to be part of a multi-state outbreak that has...

Boy Scout Sickened by E. coli-Tainted Meat Sues S & S Foods

A Boy Scout who was infected by E. coli O157:H7 while attending camp in Virginia filed suit today in the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County...

Bruce Clark to Address IAMA Conference

Bruce Clark, accomplished personal injury lawyer and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) World Forum...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Carl's Jr. February 2000 Hepatitis A Outbreak Class Action

All those who were exposed to hepatitis A during the February 2000 outbreak and who received the immuno globulin (IG) treatment to guard against infection...

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...

Chi-Chi’s class action settlement checks on the way; Attorneys’ fees donated to local high schoo

4,991 individuals who obtained immune globulin shots for immunization during the November 2003 hepatitis A outbreak associated with the Chi Chi’s restaurant in Beaver County...

Chicago Man Sickened by Salmonella Pepper Salami Files Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed today against Daniele International Inc. in an ongoing nationwide outbreak of Salmonella linked to pepper salami. The lawsuit also names Wholesome...

Children Stricken with E. coli Sue Meat Companies

E. coli lawsuits were filed November 3, 2009 in Plymouth County Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of two children who recently...

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...

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...

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...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against New York Office of State Parks

Marler Clark filed a class action complaint against the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The lawsuit, which was filed in...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Olive Garden in Fayetteville, NC

Marler Clark has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of people who had to receive hepatitis A shots in the wake of a hepatitis...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Wyndham Hotels over Salmonella Outbreak

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Wyndham International on behalf of all individuals who became ill after being infected with Salmonella during a three-week long...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Cases by Marler Clark

Marler Clark filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons sickened and injured by unpasteurized orange juice contaminated with a rare strain...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Washington State Accuses Nationwide of Unfair and Deceptive Practices

A lawsuit accused Nationwide of “an unlawful and deceptive scheme” in which it threatened uninsured motorists with license suspension while pretending to collect money on...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Today in King County Superior Court Against Malt-O-Meal

The parents of 2-year-old Amelie Hinson and 17-month-old Kevin Keogh filed a class action lawsuit in Washington State Court against Malt-O-Meal, the company that recalled...

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...

Class action status granted in Spraypark case

A class action lawsuit filed against the State of New York was certified today. The class certification ruling allows all persons who were damaged as...

Colorado Child Sickened by E. coli Cookie Dough Files Lawsuit

An E. coli lawsuit was filed today on behalf of a Denver-area child who became gravely ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating refrigerated Nestle...

Colorado Family Files Cantaloupe Listeria Lawsuit

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Jensen Farms, Inc. and Wal-Mart on behalf of a man who was hospitalized after consuming Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe. The lawsuit...

Complaint Filed Against Albertson's, Inc. - Meat Tainted with E. coli O157:H7

A complaint was filed against Albertson’s, Inc. on behalf of a Mt. Vernon, Washington, family. The complaint claimed that meat purchased at the Mt. Vernon...

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...

Consumer Responsibility

"The Meat Industry can not assure the public that the meat we buy is not contaminated. So, instead of finding a way to get cattle...

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...

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...

Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Seneca Lake State Park Preventable

During the ten years between 1989 and 1999, recreational water venues were associated with approximately 170 outbreaks. Of those outbreaks, nearly half resulted in gastrointestinal...

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Dallas County Listeria Death Leads to Lawsuit Against Cantaloupe Producer, Distributor

Marler Clark has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County on behalf of the family of a woman who died after consuming cantaloupe contaminated with Listeria...

Dancer Paralyzed by E. coli Infection Sues Meat Giant Cargill for $100 Million

Stephanie Smith, the twenty-two year old Minnesota dance instructor left paralyzed by a burger tainted with E. coli filed suit today against Cargill, who produced...

Dangers of eating sushi emphasized after E. coli outbreak at Reno restaurant

In light of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened several people who ate at Sushi Pier 2 in Reno during December, 2004, the Marler...

Denis Stearns to Address Fresh & Easy Technical Conference

Denis Stearns will address the Fresh & Easy Technical Conference being held March 26 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Quality assurance, product development, and technical personnel...

Dole sued by Oregon E. coli victim

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against Dole in United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Gwyn...

Dominic's and AFG should be held responsible for E. coli outbreak, attorney says

Bill Marler called on both Dominick’s and American Foods Group, Inc (“AFG”), the businesses responsible for an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, to step up and...

Drew Falkenstein to Address Virginia Food Safety Task Force

Drew Falkenstein will address the Virginia Department of Health’s conference titled “Recalls and the Lessons That we Have Learned” on Thursday, March 26 in Richmond...

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E. coli Lawsuits Filed Against Snohomish Eatery

Two lawsuits were filed this morning against Ixtapa Bajaras, Inc., doing business as the Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant, located at 301 91st Avenue...

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 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 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 attorney calls on Dole to pay victims' medical bills and lost wages

Bill Marler called on Dole’s corporate leaders to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical bills and wage loss of those sickened with...

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 Spinach Industry to Pay Victims’ Medical Bills

William Marler, a nationally-recognized food safety advocate and attorney, today called on the spinach industry “to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical...

E. coli Attorney Calls on Taco John's to Pay Victims' Medical Bills

William Marler called on Taco John’s to pay the medical bills of all individuals who became ill with E. coli infections as part of the...