Managing Partner Bill Marler travels to South Africa to address Food Focus Listeria Conference

William “Bill” Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Food Focus Listeria Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, March 8. Bill will be giving two presentations one entitled “25 years after Jack-in-the-Box from a lawyer’s perspective – A Bit(e) of History” summarizing his experience as a food safety attorney, and a second presentation titled “The ‘Rocky Ford’ Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – Listeria from a Patients’ Perspective.” The Food Focus conference will be held at the Premier Hotel OR Tambo at 73 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield Kempton Park 1619, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Food Focus Conference comes during the largest Listeria outbreak in history which is centered in South Africa. To date, there have been a total of 948 laboratory confirmed infections and 180 deaths.

South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, announced on Sunday that the source of the outbreak was two brands of “polony” by Tiger Brands of Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL). All polony products have been recalled.

Bill Marler’s speech will give insight into his work with the 2011 Nationwide Jensen Farms Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak in the United States during which he represented the families for 45 victims. Marler Clark filed lawsuits on behalf of families of 28 people who died and 17 survivors securing nearly $25,000,000 in compensation for his clients.  Bill will also talk about lessons learned after the groundbreaking E. coli Outbreak involving Jack in the Box where victims were awarded over $100,000,000 in settlements.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.