Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler settle Brook-Lea Salmonella cases

ROCHESTER -- Claims brought by 79 victims of Salmonella poisoning during two outbreaks at Brook-Lea country club last summer have been settled amicably. Attorneys for Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler, and OneBeacon Insurance Group, Brook-Lea’s insurance company, agreed to settle the cases for a confidential sum last week.

“Our clients are happy to be able to put this behind them,” said Bruce Clark of Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm nationally known for successful representation of victims of foodborne illness.

Marler Clark ( has extensive experience representing victims of all food-borne illnesses. William Marler represented Brianne Kiner in her $15.6 million settlement with Jack in the Box in 1993. In 1998, Marler Clark resolved the Odwalla Juice E. coli outbreak for five families whose children developed HUS and were severely injured after consuming contaminated apple juice for $12 million. Since 1993 Marler Clark has successfully resolved well over a thousand food-borne illness matters. Total recoveries exceed $75 million. Marler Clark is currently lead counsel in actions resulting from E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria, Norwalk Virus or Hepatitis A outbreaks in several states. Marler Clark has also litigated on behalf of children against KFC, Bauer Meats, IBP, Excel, McDonalds, Hardees, Wendy’s, Subway, and Sizzler. Marler Clark recently secured a verdict of $4.75 million against a School District in Eastern Washington.

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