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Plaintiffs Added to Salmonella Lawsuit

SEATTLE – Marler Clark, a Seattle law firm, and Gibson & Gibson, a Benton, Arkansas firm, have added three ill persons to the list of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Santa Fe Foods, owner of the Café Santa Fe restaurant in Benton. An amended complaint was filed last week in Saline County Circuit Court (Case no. CV 2005-673-2).

What was initially reported as a relatively small Salmonella outbreak in early May, with nine ill individuals reporting illness, ballooned into a large outbreak with dozens of people reporting illness to the Saline County Health Department and Arkansas Department of Health. Health officials continue to investigate the outbreak, working to identify a particular food-item that was contaminated with Salmonella.

“We continue to take calls from people who contracted Salmonella infections after eating at Café Santa Fe,” said William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark, the firm nationally known for its representation of people sickened in restaurant outbreaks. “My hope is that the restaurant has enough insurance coverage to fairly compensate all of the victims of this outbreak.”


MARLER CLARK has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella outbreaks in over thirty states. The firm is currently involved in Salmonella litigation in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Washington State, and Georgia. For more information on Salmonella, visit

More about the Cafe Santa Fe Salmonella outbreak can be found in the Case News area of this site.

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