SEATTLE, WA – Marler Clark filed the firm’s second E. coli lawsuit against Cargill today on behalf of Elk River, Minnesota, residents John and Barb Reber and their son, Scott, who became ill with an E. coli infection and was hospitalized for three days after eating a hamburger made from a Cargill ground beef patty. This lawsuit was filed in Sherburne County District Court.
According to the complaint, Scott Reber ate a hamburger made from a Cargill ground beef patty on September 22. By September 25, Scott had developed a gastrointestinal illness with symptoms typical of E. coli infection, and was hospitalized on September 28. While he was hospitalized, Scott’s parents learned that a stool specimen submitted for testing had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.
“To date, Cargill has made no effort to compensate my clients for medical expenses or lost wages even though its product has been definitively linked to their illnesses,” said William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark, who is in Minneapolis mediating E. coli cases stemming from the September 2006 spinach-related E. coli outbreak and this summer’s E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef sold at Lunds and Byerly’s stores near Minneapolis.
“It’s time players in the meat industry, the USDA, and other entities involved in ensuring meat safety stepped up to the plate and stopped talking about putting food safety first and put money where their mouths are,” Marler added.
BACKGROUND: William Marler has been involved in E. coli cases since the Jack in the Box outbreak of 1993, when he won a settlement of $15.6 million for nine-year-old Brianne Kiner. His firm, Marler Clark, has prosecuted dozens of E. coli cases in Minnesota, including those related to the 2007 ground beef E. coli outbreak traced to PM Beef Holdings and Lunds Food Holdings; the 2006 E. coli outbreak stemming from consumption of E. coli-contaminated ground beef produced by Nebraska Beef and sold at Supervalu, then served at a church supper in Longville, Minnesota; the 2006 E. coli outbreak traced to the consumption of Dole brand baby spinach; a 2006 E. coli outbreak at Taco John’s restaurants that was ultimately traced back to E. coli-contaminated lettuce; an E. coli outbreak in 2001 that was traced to a China Buffet restaurant; and an E. coli outbreak in 2000 linked to ground beef produced by AFG and sold by Supervalu and Cub Foods.
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