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Taco John’s faces another Iowa lawsuit

Cindy Hadish of the Gazette covered the press conference held by CEO of Taco John’s, Paul Fisherkeller.  Interestingly, this story, and the actual video of the conference does, not mention that Taco John’s has offered to pay the medical expenses of this poisoned at their restaurants.  So, what is it Taco John’s?

Excerpts of the story below; see full story here.


The same day Taco John’s CEO assured customers that it’s safe to eat at the restaurants, another lawsuit was filed, implicating a fourth Taco John’s in the Midwestern E. coli outbreak.  He said he had not seen the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The suit claims Karen Hibben-Levi of Waterloo became ill after eating a super burrito, hard shell taco, and Potato Ole’s Nov. 30 at Taco John’s, 602 Broadway St., Waterloo.  State and Black Hawk County health officials said Iowa’s outbreak was tied to only one restaurant, which they have not named. The Cedar Falls Taco John’s is the restaurant widely reported to be tied to the outbreak.  The lawsuit is the first to implicate a Waterloo Taco John’s.

Bill Marler, partner in the Seattle-based Marler Clark Law Firm, which filed the suit, said tests showed Hibben-Levi’s strain matched the outbreak.  She was hospitalized and continues to suffer extreme fatigue, abdominal discomfort and other symptoms, according to the lawsuit.  A lawsuit filed by Marler Clark last week claims a 9-year-old Cedar Falls girl also was hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome.  Marler said Autumn Saul is no longer hospitalized, but is still not back at school.