MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Marler Clark, the nationally recognized food safety law firm, filed a fourth E. coli lawsuit against Dole on Friday. The firm has now filed three lawsuits against Dole on behalf of Minnesotans. The most recent lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Hennepin County woman who became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating Dole pre-packaged lettuce in September, 2005.
“Dozens of consumers became ill as part of this outbreak,” said Bill Marler, a food safety advocate and managing partner of Marler Clark. “It’s important that Dole is held responsible for selling a product that caused injury, and that consumers know that they have legal recourse.”
Marler has represented thousands of individuals sickened after eating foods contaminated with foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and hepatitis A. In addition to his legal work, Marler spends time educating food industry groups on the legal ramifications of foodborne illness outbreaks, and how to prevent outbreaks in the first place through OutBreak, a not for profit organization he and his legal partners started in 1998. Marler will give a speech titled, “Why should I be concerned about food safety? I am just the grower,” at the World Ag Expo on February 15, 2006, in Tulare, California.