MILWAUKEE, WI - Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm nationally-known for its successful representation of persons injured in food-borne illness outbreaks, and the well-respected Milwaukee law firm, Fox, O’Neill and Shannon, today filed a second lawsuit against the E. B. Management Company, the owner and operator of the Sizzler restaurant implicated in the recent E. coli outbreak . The lawsuit claims that these companies are liable for the injuries and damages that sickened over 50 people and left one child dead.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Evelyn Bigelow, age 66, who was hospitalized as a result of the injuries she sustained from her E. coli O157:H7 infection. Ms. Bigelow ate at the Sizzler located 975 West Layton Avenue, in Milwaukee, and consumed several items from the salad bar that health officials suspect were contaminated with the deadly E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.
With the filing of this lawsuit, William Marler also announced that the legal team representing Ms. Bigelow, as well as several other injured persons, had retained world-renowned microbiologist, Charles Kaspar, of the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Marler said: “We have had the honor working with Dr. Kaspar before on other E. coli cases, and we greatly respect his expertise. Dr. Kaspar is an important addition to our team, and he will help us make sure that the facts of the outbreak are known and understood.” Mr. Marler said that he had also retained Andrew Pavia, M.D., who has co-authored many of the major studies on the long-term impact of children sickened by hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is caused by E. coli O157:H7.
Background: Marler Clark has extensive experience representing victims of food-borne illness. William Marler represented Brianne Kiner in her $15.6 million settlement with Jack in the Box. He also secured compensation totaling $30 million for other victims from the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. In May 1998, Marler Clark settled the Odwalla Juice E. coli outbreak for the five families whose children were severely injured after consuming contaminated apple juice. Marler Clark is currently lead counsel in actions stemming from several E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Hepatitis outbreaks in Washington, California, Ohio, Missouri and Arizona. Marler Clark has litigated on behalf of children against KFC, McDonalds, Hardees, Subway, and Carl's Jr. Marler Clark is presently representing children in an E. coli outbreak stemming from contaminated beef served in a school lunch.
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