Marler Clark has published 5,542 articles about foodborne illness outbreaks and lawsuits.

Current Outbreaks

June 04, 2023

Los Cabos San Lucas Mexican Grill Shigella Outbreak - 100 Sick

As the Texas Department of Health has reported, there is a Shigella Outbreak in Lavaca County that has sickened nearly 100. It appears to be linked to a local food...

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February 26, 2023 Firm News

Seattle Times: Seattle food-safety attorney Bill Marler does not eat these foods – do you?

Seattle Times: Seattle food-safety attorney Bill Marler does not eat these foods – do you? …

January 31, 2023 Events & Speaking Engagements

Food Law Student Leadership Summit, Arkansas School of Law (2020)

Rep. Chellie Pingree and Bill Marler served as keynote and featured speakers at the The University of Arkansas Food Law Student Leadership Summit. This event included 63 students from 42 law schools and 27 academic, professional and governmental experts Feb. 28-March 1 for the fifth annual Food Law Student …

January 31, 2023 Publications

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 23, 2023 Firm News

Association of Food and Drug Officials - 16 People Who Have Shaped the Last 30 Years of Food Safety

In the 30 years since the Jack in the Box outbreak, food safety has come a long way. Here are some of the people who have shaped it. …

January 06, 2023 Publications

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 Publications

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 Publications

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 Publications

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 Publications

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 Outbreaks

December 30, 2022 Publications

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 Publications

December 30, 2022 Publications

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 Events & Speaking Engagements

Defense Research Institute (2008)

A paper presented by Marler Clark, food poisoning attorneys, at the May 2005 Defense Research Institute meeting on food liability written by Bill Marler and Dave Babcock. In the paper, Mr. Marler and Mr. Babcock use case studies to provide examples for how legitimate foodborne illness claims can be distinguished …

December 29, 2022 Publications

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 Publications

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 …

December 11, 2022 Outbreaks

December 11, 2022 Outbreaks

December 11, 2022 Case News

December 11, 2022 Case News

December 11, 2022 Case News

What Are 3 Common Symptoms of Norovirus?

Although symptoms usually only last one to two days in healthy individuals, norovirus infection can become quite serious in children, the elderly, and immune-compromised individuals. In some cases, severe dehydration, malnutrition, and even death can result from norovirus infection, especially among children and among older and immune-compromised adults in hospitals …

December 11, 2022 Outbreaks

December 11, 2022 Case News

The Ultimate Guide to Hepatitis A and Liver Disease

Exposure to the hepatitis A virus can cause an acute infection of the liver that is typically mild and resolves on its own. The symptoms and duration of illness vary a great deal, with many persons showing no symptoms at all. Fever and jaundice are two of the symptoms most …

December 11, 2022 Case News

What You Should Know About E. coli in Manure

E. coli O157:H7 bacteria and other pathogenic E. coli mostly live in the intestines of cattle, but E. coli bacteria have also been found in the intestines of chickens, deer, sheep, and pigs. A 2003 study on the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in livestock at 29 county and three …

December 11, 2022 Case News

How Do You Prove Where You Got Food Poisoning?

How does one evaluate a legitimate foodborne illness claim? I rely on four primary tools. All four are important. Combined, they can establish an airtight case. 1. Health Department Investigation of an Outbreak or Incident 2. Prior Health Department Inspections 3. Medical Records 4. Lab Results …

Food Safety Resources
E. coli Food Poisoning

What is E. coli and how does it cause food poisoning? Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a highly studied, common species of bacteria that belongs …

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli O157:H7 is a foodborne pathogen that causes food poisoning. E. coli O157:H7 is the most commonly identified and the most notorious Shiga toxin-producing …

Non-O157 STEC

Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli can also cause food poisoning. E. coli O157:H7 may be the most notorious serotype of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) …