September 2005

The Clark County, Nevada, Health Department warned that a food worker at the Global Gaming Expo, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center September 13-15, 2005, tested positive for hepatitis A. The infected food worker was serving Schwan’s ice cream samples at the Schwan’s Food Service Booth, and did not show symptoms of the illness

Marler Clark and Underberg & Kessler filed a class action complaint today against the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The lawsuit, which was filed in the State of New York Court of Claims, was filed on behalf of nearly 4,000 people who became ill with Cryptosporidiosis after visiting the Spraypark at Seneca Lake State Park in July and August. The named plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Timothy and Jacqueline Springer, a Monroe County couple, and their three children, who became ill with Cryptosporidium infections after visiting the Spraypark in late July.
“We filed this lawsuit as a class action lawsuit as the most effective way of handling this many ill people, especially children,” said William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark. “The Springer children suffered Cryptosporidiosis after playing at the Spraypark, and Mr. Springer had to be hospitalized after suffering a secondary infection after caring for his children. Thousands of other people suffered the same fate because the Office of State Parks failed to ensure the water at the Spraypark was safe.”


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Craig Fox of the Finger Lakes Times has also reported on the spraypark claim filed. From the article:

A Rochester attorney and a nationally known Seattle law firm yesterday filed a notice of claim for a class action suit they may bring on behalf of some families who became sick after visiting the spraypark at Seneca Lake State Park.
The 4-year-old sprayground was closed Aug. 15 after about 40 people complained of a gastrointestinal illness. In subsequent weeks, reports of the outbreak grew to more than 3,869 people in 35 counties – with 612 cases confirmed.
The state Health Department determined the illness was cryptosporidiosis, caused by a microscopic parasite.
Filed with the state Attorney General’s office, the notice of claim names Rochester resident Tricia Van Putte and her two young children as plaintiffs, but Nunes and the Seattle law firm are also representing several other families.


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Lauren Stanforth, a staff writer for DemocratandChronicle.com, has reported on Marler Clark’s notice filed against New York state over Seneca Lake State Park’s Sprayground outbreak this summer.
From the article:

Two lawyers filed a notice Thursday with the state Attorney General’s Office that they intend to pursue a class action lawsuit against the state for