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June 04, 2024

Outbreak: Tainted food sickens millions each year. Critics blame America's patchy oversight of food safety

Most of the oversight falls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But that oversight, food safety advocates say, is fractured. “Nobody would set up a food safety system the way we have it in 2024,” said Bill Marler, a Seattle lawyer who has …

August 18, 2023

What Not to Eat: A Food Safety Expert's Guide to Eating Safely

With this in mind, the BBC spoke to food safety expert Bill Marler, a lawyer who has been involved in practically every major food poisoning case in the United States over the last few decades. Here’s what he does and doesn’t eat. …

August 18, 2023

Food safety advocates support USDA proposal to protect consumers from Salmonella in some processed chicken proucts

For years CSPI and advocates like food safety lawyer Bill Marler have urged USDA to do a better job of controlling Salmonella in poultry, including by asking the agency to prioritize banning certain more dangerous strains or amounts of Salmonella. …

January 31, 2023

For Personal-Injury Lawyer, Michael Pollan’s Book Is Worth Fighting For

Among the things that Bill Marler feels passionately about are Washington State University (his alma mater), food safety and negotiation. So after he heard about a dustup on campus over the cancellation of a program requiring all freshmen to read the same book, Michael Pollan’s double-fisted examination of agribusiness, “The …

January 06, 2023

Calling for Real Food Safety Reform: Bill Marler for FSIS

Marler first leapt to national prominence as the lead attorney in the famous 1993 Jack in the Box E.coli outbreak. Since that time, Marler has led the charge in protecting the rights of consumers against unsafe practices of major corporations. While dedicated to a high standard of food safety protocols …

January 06, 2023

Bill Marler: Taking on E. coli, Big Ag, Raw Milk Conspiracy Theorists and the USDA

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about Bill Marler, the influential, outspoken, high-profile attorney who is representing Stephanie Smith in her $100 million lawsuit against Cargill. Smith, an ex-dance instructor from Cold Spring, Minnesota, almost died after eating a Cargill-produced hamburger, which was laced with E.coli O157:H7. …

January 06, 2023

Bill Marler, Attorney, Blogger, and Food Safety Advocate, Talks Turkey (or Spinach, Rather)

When we first heard of Marler Clark, the "food safety law firm," we pictured a dozen ambulance chasers strategically posted outside of establishments that served spinach in large quantities throughout the day. After a few conversations with Bill Marler, however, we realized that our assumption couldn't be further from the …

January 04, 2023

There Is So Much More Food Poisoning Than We Thought

But there’s one guy who has arguably won more battles against foodborne illness than anyone. This week’s Bite podcast guest is Bill Marler, a Seattle-based attorney who represents victims of food poisoning. In a landmark 1993 case, Marler sued Jack in the Box over its infamous E. Coli outbreak—and won …

January 04, 2023

Food Fights - The Nation's Leading Foodborne Illness Attorney Tells All

Four children died in the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. Brianne Kiner, Marler’s client, survived, but only after spending six weeks in a coma and six months in the hospital. His efforts resulted in a $15.6 million settlement for Brianne, the largest personal-injury settlement in the history of …

December 30, 2022

7 Things We Learned About Food Safety Oversight From a Foodborne Illness Expert

Bill Marler, a lawyer specializing in food-borne illness, shared his insights and observations on the food safety industry after working in it, or alongside it, for more than 30 years with the Washington Post. …

December 30, 2022

December 30, 2022

This Food Poisoning Expert Revealed The 6 Things He Refuses To Eat

In early 2016, Marler compiled a list of six foods that he never eats (although, as we’ll explain shortly, he’s taken occasional liberties with one of those foods). The article quickly went viral, which didn’t surprise the attorney. “I get asked a lot about what foods I stay away from,” …

December 29, 2022

Linda Rivera, Hospitalized After Eating Nestle Cookie Dough, Tries to Stay Alive

"People just don't really understand how horrible food-borne illness is," said William Marler, a prominent Seattle-based food-safety lawyer who is representing the Rivera family and 23 other victims in the cookie dough outbreak. "They think food-borne illness is a tummy ache and diarrhea." …

December 15, 2022

The Burger That Shattered Her Life

The New York Times | By Michael Moss Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were tolerable that first day, and she finished her classes. Then her diarrhea turned bloody. Her kidneys shut down. Seizures knocked her unconscious. The convulsions grew …

November 09, 2022

Serving up Trouble

The United States has seen several foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, including a 2008 salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes and peppers that sickened 1,442 people in 43 states,2 a 2006 E. coli outbreak that was later linked to Dole brand baby spinach and resulted in 204 confirmed E …

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