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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 1999 that 73,000 cases of E. coli O157:H7 occur each year in the United States. Approximately 2,000 people are hospitalized, and 60 people die as a direct result of E. coli O157:H7 infections and complications. The majority of infections are thought to be foodborne-related, although E. coli O157:H7 accounts for less than 1% of all foodborne illness.

Marler Clark
has been involved in litigation stemming from the largest E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks across the country since 1993. Some of those cases include lawsuits against the following:

AgVenture Farms
Bauer Meats
BJ’s Wholesale Club
China Buffet
Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo
Cub Foods
Finley School District
Gold Coast Produce
Golden Corral
Jack in the Box
Karl Ehmer
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kids Korner Day Care
King Garden
Lane County Fair
Olive Garden
Peninsula Village
Pat & Oscar’s
Price Chopper
Robeson School District
Sam’s Club
Spokane Produce

Marler Clark’s attorneys have the most extensive experience representing victims of food poisoning of any law firm in the United States. Our food poisoning lawyers have successfully represented thousands of victims of the largest food poisoning outbreaks across the country since 1993, when Bill Marler represented Brianne Kiner in her $15.6 million settlement with Jack in the Box. Our clients have been awarded damages in excess of $250 million for compensation in Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella, or Shigella cases. Other E. coli cases have been:

  • A reported $12 million settlement with Odwalla on behalf of five children who were severely injured after drinking E. coli-contaminated Odwalla apple juice in 1996.
  • A $4.6 million jury award on behalf of eleven children who became ill with E. coli food poisoning infections after eating school lunch at Finley Elementary School (Finley, Washington) in 1998.
  • An $11 million settlement with BJ’s Wholesale Club on behalf of a six-year-old New York girl who became ill with E. coli after eating a contaminated hamburger in 2001.

Marler Clark has resolved a number of other E. coli cases for multiple millions of dollars as well. However, most settlements are confidential. For more information on Marler Clark E. coli cases see

and for present cases see


Food poisoning claims are often referred to our office by attorneys in other states, and the attorneys at Marler Clark work to obtain the best results for our clients regardless of where they live. Our attorneys are currently lead counsel in actions resulting from Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella or Shigella outbreaks.

Marler Clark has litigated cases involving defective or unsafe food products in over 35 states.

The lawyers at Marler Clark also speak frequently on issues of safe food and have formed


, a non-profit business dedicated to training companies on how to avoid food poisoning outbreaks

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