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Settlements reached with Dole in E. coli cases

As the Associated Press reported today, Marler Clark has settled several lawsuits stemming from an E. coli outbreak that was traced to bags of Dole Food Company brand prepackaged lettuce.


William Marler, an attorney for nine plaintiffs who became ill after consuming the lettuce in September said Tuesday that settlements with his clients have been reached in the past 30 days.
The most recent settlement, one for a 12-year-old girl who was hospitalized for 34 days with acute kidney failure, was approved by a federal judge in St. Paul on Tuesday, said attorney Bill Marler.
The amounts of the settlements were not disclosed. Marty Ordman, a spokesman for Dole, said he couldn’t comment on the settlements or whether any more lawsuits were pending.
Last fall, the state Department of Health said there were 17 confirmed cases of E. coli and eight hospitalizations. Laboratory tests confirmed E. coli bacteria was found in two bags of Dole prepackaged lettuce. The affected Dole products were recalled.
E. coli symptoms include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Most of the E. coli cases were in the Twin Cities area.