Lawyers for parties involved in claims that arose from the 2006 E. coli outbreak traced to contaminated spinach from California’s Salinas Valley are meeting this week in the hopes of resolving claims brought by several Marler Clark clients. Dawn Withers, a reporter with the Salinas Californian, interviewed attorney Bill Marler about the cases he is negotiating this week in a story that appeared in today’s paper.
The cases under negotiation this week involve people sickened in Utah, New York and Wisconsin, Marler said.
The lawyer is negotiating settlements with Dole, Natural Selection Foods and Mission Organics.
Cases involving deaths have been settled, Marler said, while cases involving people who were sickened, but not gravely, are also almost settled. What remains are cases involving people who suffered extreme illness, usually kidney failure or complications, he said.
During the 2006 spinach outbreak, 205 people were confirmed ill with the strain of E. coli responsible for the outbreak, and five people died. Public health agencies ultimately identified the source of the outbreak as Dole-brand baby spinach that was processed at Natural Selections Foods and grown by Mission Organics