Marler Clark Files Second E. coli Lawsuit Against Papa Murphy’s in California


DANVILLE, California – A 7th lawsuit was filed yesterday in the Northern District Court of California on behalf of Katy McGregor who was infected with E. coli O157:H7 from romaine lettuce. The lawsuit was filed against Papa Murphy’s by Marler Clark, the food safety law firm and Murphy and Murphy, a local firm.

On April 12, 2018, Ms. McGregor consumed romaine lettuce purchased from a Papa Murphy’s restaurant located at 3000 Danville Blvd. Alamo, California. Ms. McGregor began to experience severe symptoms of abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and extreme pain. On April 19, she sought medical attention at a local emergency room where she was treated and tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 matching the outbreak strain. To date, Ms. McGregor continues to experience symptoms and is scheduled to undergo additional medical testing.

“Our goal in filing lawsuits against the place of purchase of the contaminated romaine is to force the disclosure of where in the chain of distribution – grower, shipper or processor – the E. coli contamination occurred,” said William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark.  “Only when we find out where the contamination occurred can we do something to prevent the next outbreak,” added Marler.

Ms. McGregor is part of a California cluster of E. coli cases linked to Papa Murphy’s.

To date, Marler Clark has filed seven complaints in relation to the nationwide E. coli O157:H7 outbreak including this complaint against Papa Murphy’s, along with one in Georgia against Texas Roadhouse, one in New Jersey against Panera, one in Pennsylvania against Freshway, two in Arizona against Red Lobster, and an additional one in California against Papa Murphy’s. Marler Clark currently represents 86 people sickened in the outbreak, including 11 who developed acute kidney failure.

According to the CDC, as of May 15, 2018, 172 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 32 states.  Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (39), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (5), North Dakota (2), Ohio (6), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (21), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (7), and Wisconsin (3). One death was reported from California.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to May 2, 2018. Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. Of 157 people with information available, 75 (48%) have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections 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 E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s.  We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne KinerStephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.