News from 2009



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E. coli-tainted Meat Causes Illnesses in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, S. Dakota, and Washington

On Christmas eve the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a notice that National Steak and Poultry (NSP) was recalling 248,000 pounds of beef...

E. coli Illnesses in Washington State Tied to Raw Milk

The Washington State Departments of Health and Agriculture today released information linking recent E. coli illnesses in Washington State to raw milk produced by the...

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 Expert Bill Marler in Boston to Meet with Victim of South Shore Meats - Camp Outbreak

Seattle-based foodborne illness expert and attorney Bill Marler will be in Boston Wednesday (10/28/09) to meet with a victim of the widening South Shore Meats...

E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against JBS Swift Beef Company

A Wisconsin family sickened in the JBS Swift Beef Company outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 filed suit against the company today. The lawsuit was brought...

Excess Surplus Lines Claims Association, New York (2009)

Bill Marler will be in New York, NY to take part in a panel on Food Liability Claims for the ESLCA....

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National Steak and Poultry E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Lawsuits - Nationwide (2009)

The Marler Clark E. coli attorneys represented victims of a 2009 E. coli outbreak traced to tenderized steaks produced by National Steak & Poultry, a...

North Dakota Environmental Health Association Annual Meeting (2009)

Drew Falkenstein returned to North Dakota to speak at the annual EHA meeting, being held this year in Fargo....

NEHA Region 4 Annual Environmental Health Conference (2009)

Bruce Clark gave the keynote presentation to the Annual Environmental Health Conference for NEHA, Region 4....

Nevada Environmental Health Association Annual Meeting (2009)

David Babcock was in Las Vegas, NV to address the annual meeting of the Nevada Environmental Health Association....

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Education Meeting (2009)

Bill Marler and Patti Waller traveled to Atlanta and present a mock deposition of a restaurant inspector for the Annual NEHA conference. Bill Marler took...

Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Nationwide (2009)

In June of 2009, Nestle USA recalled all refrigerated cookie dough products for potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination after at least 76 people in 3...

Northeast Food And Drug Officials Conference (2009)

Drew Falkenstein addressed the NEFDOA at their 2009 conference in Burlington, VT....

Nebraska Governor's Conference on Food Safety (2009)

Andy Weisbecker traveled to Lincoln, NE for the Governor's Conference on Food Safety. This year's conference focused on E. coli....

National Meat Association (NMA) Meat Expo (2009)

Bill Marler traveled to Las Vegas to take part in a roundtable discussion on the FSIS....

New Kid on the Block

Colin Caywood wrote about his experience as a first-year associate at Marler Clark for the January 2009 issue of the King County Bar Association’s Bar...

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Raw Milk Facts in Short Supply As Proponents Stage Wisconsin Rally

Unpasteurized milk—often referred to as raw milk—is at the center of a rally and court appearance today in Viroqua, Wisconsin. The controversial product can contain...

Royal Institute of Public Health, London E. coli Conference (2009)

Bill Marler traveled back to the UK to present at the Royal Institute of Public Health E. coli Conference....

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American Association for Justice (AAJ) Weekend with the Stars (2009)

Drew Falkenstein traveled to New York City to present to American Association for Justice at their Weekend with the Stars event....

Association of Corporate Counsel (2009)

Bruce Clark was in Boston, MA to address the ACC on "Ensuring Safety and Quality of Products Manufactured in China"....

American Insurance Association (2009)

Bill Marler traveled to Washington, DC to address the Liability Claims Subcommittee Meeting of the AIA....

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...

A & R Bar-be-que Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit - Tennessee (2009)

Marler Clark filed a lawsuit against A & R Bar-be-que of Memphis, Tennessee, on July 30, 2009 on behalf of a father and son who...

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Conference on Raw Milk (2009)

Bill Marler spoke to the AVMA on the history and legal issues of raw milk along with participating in a panel discussion. ...

Annual Food Quality and Safety Symposium for the Almond Board of California (2009)

David Babcock addressed the annual Food Quality and Safety Symposium for the Almond Board of California in Lodi, CA....

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) (2009)

Bill Marler traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the ACTL conference....

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and Association for the Study of Food and Science (ASFS) Conference (2009)

Denis Stearns spoke at the 2009 annual joint conference of AFHVS (Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society) and ASFS (the Association for the Study of...

Alliance for Justice Screening and Panel Discussion (2009)

Bill Marler took part in a panel discussion following the film Denied? The Fight for Corporate Accountability. The event took place here in Seattle....

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...

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More E. coli Lawsuits Filed Against Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant

Two more E. coli lawsuits were filed this morning against Ixtapa Bajaras, Inc., d/b/a the Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant, bringing the current total to seven...

Maine Victim of Fairbank Farms E. coli Outbreak Takes Legal Action

As news broke that more Maine residents may be infected with E. coli from Fairbank Farms ground beef, an Augusta woman severely sickened in the...

Marler Clark Calls on USDA and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to Recall Tainted Meat Linked

The Massachusetts camp where food made Rhode Island middle school children ill has said that officials linked the illnesses to hamburger, but no recall has...

McDonald’s Patron Infected with Hepatitis A Files Lawsuit

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

McDonald's Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits - Illinois (2009)

At least 32 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in the Quad-City area of Illinois were traced to the consumption of food purchased at the Milan...

Marler Clark Calls for JBS Swift and FSIS to Reveal Retail Distribution of E. coli-Tainted Beef

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 28, the JBS Swift Beef Company expanded the earlier recall of 41,280 pounds of beef contaminated with...

Multi-State E. coli Outbreak Linked to Nestle Toll House Raw Cookie Dough Underscores Funding Need

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that has sickened 66 people in 28 states points to the need for better funding for health surveillance, said...

Marler Clark Fights Peanut Corp Bankruptcy on Behalf of CA Child Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)—the peanut processor responsible for a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium—has filed for bankruptcy protection, but attorney Bill Marler is working...

Marler Clark Files Salmonella Lawsuit on Behalf of Las Vegas Child Sickened by Peanut Butter

As Congress held a hearing to investigate the practices of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), one of the more than 640 people sickened in...

Marler Clark Adds Punitive Damage Claim to Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuit Against PCA

In light of shocking revelations disclosed by the FDA about the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) Blakey, GA facility, foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark...

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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...

Dungeness Valley Creamery E. coli Outbreak - Washington State (2009)

Raw milk from the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, Washington, was identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in early December of...

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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Government Accountability Project Symposium, American College of Law (2009)

Bill Marler was the luncheon speaker at a day-long symposium presented by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) on the topic of "Empowering Employees to Protect...

Good Agricultural Practices and Northwest Organic Food Summit (2009)

Colin Caywood addressed Legal Perspectives on Food Safety at the NW Organic Farm Food Safety Summit in Portland, OR....

Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) Webinar (2009)

Denis Stearns was a featured speaker on the GMA webinar on Emerging Issues in Food Litigation....

Grocery Manufacturer's Association Food Borne Illness Litigation Conference (2009)

Denis Stearns traveled to New Orleans to address the GMA. His topic was "Lessons Learned From Recent Outbreaks and Recalls"....

GMA Food Claims & Litigation Conference (2009)

Bill Marler traveled to Rancho Mirage to the conference, which is focused on Emerging Issues in Food-Related Litigation....

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Food Safety Advocate Bill Marler to Address Food Integrity Conference

Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler will speak at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) conference “Empowering Employees to Protect Food Integrity”. The event is...

Family of Child Hospitalized in Local E. coli Outbreak Takes Legal Action

The second lawsuit stemming from an E. coli outbreak in Rhode Island and Massachusetts was filed today in the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of...

FDA Southeast Regional Meeting (2009)

Bruce Clark, Patti Waller, and Debbie Carr traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC for the SE regional meeting of the FDA....

Fairbank Farms E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Nationwide (2009)

Marler Clark represented four victims of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that surfaced among residents of New England states and quickly spread across the country...

FDA Retail Food Seminar (2009)

Patti Waller presented to the FDA Retail Food Seminar in Atlanta, GA....

Food Safety Advocates Marler Clark File First E. coli Lawsuit against JBS Swift Beef Company

The first lawsuit stemming from the current E. coli O157:H7 (E. coli) recall by JBS Swift Beef Company of Greeley, Colorado that has been linked...

First Lawsuit in E. coli Cookie Dough Outbreak Filed by Marler Clark

A young woman who was hospitalized for seven days after eating raw cookie dough made by Nestle USA filed suit today against the company in...

First Lawsuit in Salmonella-Tainted Sprout Outbreak Filed by Marler Clark

The first lawsuit stemming from a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul was filed today against CW sprouts in the Tenth District Court of Nebraska, Douglas...

Fresh & Easy Technical Summit (2009)

Denis Stearns traveled to Manhattan Beach, CA to address the Fresh & Easy Technical Summit....

Fresh & Easy Technical Conference (2009)

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

FDA Must Widen Salmonella Peanut Butter Recalls

Seattle food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler is calling on the FDA to request recalls of foods containing peanut butter products manufactured in the...

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China International Food Safety and Quality Conference (2009)

Bill Marler returned to Beijing as a keynote speaker and sponsor at the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference (CIFSQ)....

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...

Camp Bournedale-South Shore Meats E. coli Outbreak Litigation - Rhode Island, Massachusetts (2009)

Marler Clark represented three victims of an E. coli outbreak at Camp Bournedale in October of 2009. The children were visiting Camp Bournedale from Lincoln...

Children's Products Litigation Seminar (2009)

Bruce Clark took part in an online CLE on Children's Products Litigation....

Cargill Ground Beef Salmonella Newport Outbreak - Nationwide (2009)

In July and August of 2009, at least 40 Salmonella Newport cases that could be traced to the consumption of ground beef produced by Beef...

Contaminated Fresh Produce and Product Liability: A Law-in-Action Perspective

Denis Stearns wrote “Contaminated Fresh Produce and Product Liability: A Law-in-Action Perspective,” in Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce: Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies, an IFT Press...

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...

Conference of the Candian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) (2009)

Bill Marler presented keynote address at the 75th Annual conference of CIPHI, being held in Kananaskis, Alberta....

Caudill Alfalfa Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak lawsuits - Multistate (2009)

Marler Clark's Salmonella lawyers represented several people who became ill with Salmonella infections after consuming Salmonella-contaminated alfalfa sprouts in 2009. Caudill Seed recalled its sprouts...

Cuyahoga County E. coli outbreak - Ohio (2009)

On July 3, 2009, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) announced that it was investigating a cluster of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases associated...

California Environmental Health Conference Annual Education Symposium (2009)

Patti Waller and Colin Caywood traveled to the California Environmental Health Association's AES in Monterey...

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4th Annual Food HACCP Conference, California (2009)

Denis Stearns addressed the 4th Annual International Food HACCP Conference in Redondo Beach, CA...

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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Annual Educational Conference (2009)

Epidemiologist Patti Waller was in Baton Rouge to address the annual educational conference for Louisiana sanitarians....

Legal Issues for Food Safety: What every food professional should know

In William Marler's article, which appeared in the Food Law & Guidance section of Food Safety & Quality Magazine, he states: "Preventing an outbreak is...

Lawsuit Filed in Nationwide Outbreak of Salmonella in Peanut Butter

A lawsuit stemming from the national outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in peanut butter was filed today against the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) in the...

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3rd National ACI Forum on Foodborne Illness Litigation (2009)

Bill Marler co-chaired the 3rd National ACI Forum on Foodborne Illness Litigation with Alan Maxwell. The conference was held in Chicago, IL....

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University of Southern California (2009)

Denis Stearns guest lectured at USC Regulatory Science Course: Medical Products and the Law...

University of Arkansas School of Agricultural Law (2009)

Bill Marler guest lectured at the University of Arkansas School of Agricultural Law in Fayetteville, AK....

United States Department of Agriculture (2009)

Denis Stearns traveled to Washington DC to address USDA District Managers on the topic of Adulteration Standards. The session he took part in was titled...

Union International Foods Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit - Western States (2008-2009)

At least 79 people became infected with Salmonella in several Western states after consuming spices, sauces, and oils produced by Union International Foods between December...

US Foodborne Illness Expert to Address RSPH E. coli Conference

William Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) conference E. coli: Cases...

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British Columbia Food Protection Association Annual Conference (2009)

Bruce Clark delivered the keynote speech to the 10th Annual BC Food Protection Association Conference in Vancouver....

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...

British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) Conference on Law of Food and Drink (2009)

Denis Stearns was in London on June 11 for the 2009 BIICL conference on the Law of Food and Drink. He presented "Current Approaches to...

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...

‘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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Victims of Oklahoma E. coli Outbreak File Suit Against Country Cottage Restaurant

Victims of an August, 2008 outbreak of E. coli 0111 have joined together to file suit against the Country Cottage restaurant, where they were sickened...

Valley Meats E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania (2009)

An E. coli outbreak was traced to ground beef products produced by Valley Meats. People from Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania who ate hamburgers made from...

VTEC E. coli Conference (2009)

Bruce Clark and Patti Waller traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for VTEC 2009. They presented a poster on non-O157:H7 STEC E. coli....

Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Food Safety Task Force Seminar (2009)

Drew Falkenstein will be traveling to Richmond Virginia to take part in the Virginia Department of Health's Food Safety Task Force Seminar....

Virginia Tech Food Service Employees Meeting (2009)

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Blacksburg VA to address the Dining Service Employees of Virginia Tech....

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Oregon Environmental Health Association Annual Training Conference (2009)

Drew Falkenstein presented to the Oregon EHA Annual Training Conference being held in Lincoln City, OR....

Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the Midwest Spurs Ground Beef Recall

E. coli illnesses in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois have led health investigators to ground beef produced by Valley Meats, LLC of Coal Valley, IL. The...

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Wisconsin Woman Severely Sickened by E. coli in Spinach Forced to Sue

The 2006 outbreak of E. coli tied to spinach sickened more than 205 people nationwide, many gravely. More than 31 developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)...

Washington State Family Files E. coli Lawsuit Against JBS Swift

A second lawsuit stemming from the current Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) recall by JBS Swift Beef Company was filed today in the US District...

William Marler to Address Conference of Canadian Public Health Inspectors

High profile foodborne illness attorney William Marler will deliver a keynote address to the 75th annual gathering of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors...

Washington State Hospital Food Service Providers (2009)

Colin Caywood addressed the monthly gathering of the Washington State Hospital Food Service Providers....

WA Family Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Kellogg Company in Contaminated Peanut Butter Outbreak

As the Salmonella outbreak traced to tainted peanut products continued to grow, one family filed suit against The Kellogg Company, manufacturer of the peanut butter...

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Safety of Northwest Produce Conference (2009)

Colin Caywood was in Wenatchee, WA to present to tree fruit producers of Washington....

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Memphis Father and Son Sickened by Food From Local BBQ

A lawsuit stemming from the recent outbreak of Salmonella illnesses was filed today in the Circuit Court for Shelby County, Tennessee against A&R Bar-be-que, LLC...

Sprout Seed Manufacturer Named in Amended Lawsuit

Litigation in the outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul sourced to alfalfa sprouts has taken a new turn, as an amended lawsuit now names the alfalfa seed...

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed Amid Continuing Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

A lawsuit stemming from a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella-tainted sprouts was filed today in the Tenth District Court for Sarpy County, Nebraska. Bellevue resident Daniel...

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Family of Minnesota Man Felled by Peanut Butter

Clifford Tousignant, father, grandfather, and decorated veteran of the Korean War, died in January, 2009, after eating Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter served in the retirement home...

Second Lawsuit Filed in Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak

Marler Clark filed a second lawsuit today against CW Sprouts, the company tied to the recent Salmonella outbreak associated with alfalfa sprouts. The suit, which...

Salmonella Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Minneapolis Children Sickened by Peanut Butter

Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of two Minneapolis children sickened by Salmonella-tainted peanut butter snacks. The lawsuit was filed against Peanut Corporation...

Stock Shows and Petting Zoos Source of Many E. coli Outbreaks

Reports that a large and growing outbreak of highly toxic E. coli O157:H7 linked to Colorado’s largest stock show has led E. coli expert Bill...

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Peanut Butter - Again

The source of the outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened at least 400 and may have contributed to one death has been identified in...

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Hepatitis Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against McDonald’s

A class action lawsuit was filed today in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Rock Island County against McDonald’s Inc., and Kevin...

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Seminar Web Program (2009)

Bill Marler took part in the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association SeminarWeb program, presenting "Separating the Chaff from the Wheat: How to Determine the Strength...

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IFT Annual Scientific Program (2009)

Bill Marler traveled to Anaheim to take part in a session titled "Irradiation of Fresh Produce: Commercial Application"...

International Association for Food Protection's Raw Milk Symposium (2009)

Bruce Clark spoke on the topic "A Legal Perspective on Raw Milk Consumption" as part of the IAFP Symposium titled "Raw Milk Consumption: Emerging Public...

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JBS Swift E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits - Nationwide (2009)

Marler Clark represented several victims of the JBS Swift E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was announced in late June of 2009. The firm filed three...

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Peanut Corporation of America Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits - Nationwide (2008-2009)

At least 714 people in 46 states were confirmed ill with Salmonella Typhimurium infection after consuming peanut and peanut butter products produced by Peanut Corporation...

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Kellogg’s Added to Marler Clark Peanut Butter Salmonella Lawsuit

Marler Clark has added the Kellogg Company to its lawsuit against the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and Bill Marler Outlines A Way Forward in...

Kinikin Dairy Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak - Colorado (2009)

At least 8 people were sickened with Campylobacter from consuming raw milk produced by the Kinikin Corner Dairy in Montrose, Colorado. The dairy was ordered...