ROCHESTER — An announcement today that two people were infected with salmonella while attending a golf tournament at Brook-Lea Country Club on July 30 brings the total number of cases in June and July to 89. Sixty of the people who were infected with salmonella while attending functions at Brook-Lea in June have hired Seattle law firm Marler Clark and Rochester law firm Underberg & Kessler to represent them in claims against the country club.
A statement issued by the Brook-Lea board of governors suggested that the July 30 contamination could have been deliberate.
"Although having a second set of illnesses so close to the first set is unfortunate, it is not uncommon. A recent salmonella outbreak in Dallas, Texas, started all over again after ill employees returned to work. The suggestion by Brook-Lea that this second outbreak was intentionally caused is concerning, but far fetched. I believe Brook-Lea must look at its own food safety concerns," said attorney Bruce Clark.
Marler Clark has extensive experience representing victims of 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. Marler Clark also represented the HUS victims in the Georgia Water Park Litigation. 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, Sizzler, and Carl's Jr. Marler Clark recently secured a verdict of $4.75 million against a School District in Eastern Washington.
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