Second Lawsuit Filed in Nationwide E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A second lawsuit stemming from a nationwide outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 has been filed against Freshway Foods, INC in Pennsylvania District Court. The complaint was filed on behalf of Pennsylvania resident Gary Shields, who is represented by Seattle foodborne illness firm, Marler Clark and Robert Peirce and Associates, a local firm. 

Mr. Shields E. coli infection occurred after consuming romaine lettuce provided by Freshway Foods Inc., in a salad at Panera Bread Restaurant in McMurray, Pennsylvania on March 19, 2018. A week later, he began experiencing symptoms of extreme fever, chills, and bloody diarrhea. On March 29, he was admitted to the hospital and remained there for five days. He is continuing to recover from his illness. 

Freshway Foods, Inc. is the lettuce distributer for Panera Bread. An original cluster of cases in New Jersey connected to Panera Bread restaurants alerted health officials to the E. coli outbreak that has spread to 22 states. 

“We are hopeful that Freshway will assist us in the traceback though the chain of distribution to the farm where the contamination likely occurred,” said Bill Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark. “Finding the source will help prevent outbreak in the future.”

To date, Marler Clark is representing over 50 people sickened in the outbreak. 

“Our firm has represented hundreds of individuals in the Western Pennsylvania area who have suffered from foodborne illness, and our local expertise is a good compliment to Marler Clark’s vast experience in the field,” said Rob Peirce of Peirce and Associates. 

Pennsylvania currently has 18 CDC confirmed E. coli cases, the most of any state. 

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clarkhave represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s.  We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne KinerStephanie Smithand Linda Rivera.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coliinfection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.