Multi-party E. coli Lawsuit Filed Against Ixtapa Restaurant


Everett, WA Seventeen people who were severely sickened in a 2008 E. coli outbreak at Ixtapa Family Mexican Restaurant (doing business as Ixtapa Barajas, Inc.) in Snohomish, Washington filed suit today. The lawsuit was filed by Drew Falkenstein and brings to 25 the number of victims that Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm Marler Clark has sought compensation for.

Each of the plaintiffs became ill with symptoms of E. coli O157:H7, including abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea; some required lengthy hospitalization. The Ixtapa outbreak sickened at least 64 diners, according to the Snohomish County Health Department (SCHD).

“Ixtapa would rather force the victims of this outbreak into court than do what’s right and make amends with the people that became ill,” said Falkenstein. “That’s unfortunate, but it’s also their right. Nevertheless, I intend to make sure that each and every one of my clients is treated fairly.”

Marler Clark has previously filed seven lawsuits on behalf of other victims of the Ixtapa outbreak.

Consumer Resource: Downloadable Family Health Guide on E. coli (PDF)