Victims of the outbreak, most of whom purchased the Cargill hamburgers at Sam’s Club stores, were identified in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Stephanie Smith, a 22-year-old dance instructor from Cold Spring, Minnesota was the most seriously injured victim. She developed HUS, and was paralyzed from the waist down. An article about Stephanie and the origins of the burger she ate won a Pulitzer prize for Michael Moss of the New York Times.
Marler Clark represented 14 people sickened in the outbreak, including three who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. Marler Clark resolved all claims on behalf of these clients, including those on behalf of Stephanie Smith.