October 2005

Over a dozen people have become ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Oregon and Washington in the last month. The illnesses have now been traced to contaminated parsley consumed in at least two, and possibly more, restaurants. To date no recall has occurred.
William Marler of Marler Clark, the Seattle foodborne illness law firm,

As Dania Akkad of the Herald Salinas Bureau reported today, legal action is mounting in connection to a recent E. coli outbreak that affected at least 17 people who said they became sick after eating Dole Fresh Vegetable bagged salads.
From the article:

A lawsuit has been filed against parent company Dole Food Company Inc. on behalf of a Minnesota couple sickened last month after eating bagged salads from the company made with Salinas Valley produce.
Another lawsuit, involving an elderly Oregon woman who was hospitalized for five days after eating Dole salad with the same use-by date as the plaintiffs in Minnesota, was expected to be filed today, said Bill Marler, an attorney with Marler Clark law firm in Seattle.

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Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm that has represented thousands of victims of E. coli poisoning, has learned that the Deschutes County Public Health Department is investigating the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that originated at McGrath’s Fish House in Bend. Two cases have been confirmed by the health department, and at least

In the last month Marler Clark, LLP PS, has been contacted by victims, mostly parents of young children, of E. coli O157:H7. The victims live in Colorado, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington. The food they consumed is primarily hamburger, but lettuce has also been implicated. Outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 have also been announced in the last few days in Toledo, Ohio and Seattle, Washington. To borrow from Buffalo Springfield, “Something’s happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.”

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Chick Jacobs of The Fayetteville Observer has written an excellent article addressing the E. coli outbreak at North Carolina State Fair’s petting zoo last fall and how this year’s fair will hopefully bring fewer kids to the hospital.
From the article:

The placement was too striking to ignore.
Twenty yards, give or take a turkey leg, away from the North Carolina State Fair’s petting zoo, a concession booth was doing land-office business selling candied apples, cotton candy and other finger-lickin’ products.
Right next door, another booth offered blinking pacifiers.
Fortunately, wedged between the animals and the eats stood a monolithic, none-too-subtle reminder of the illness outbreak that struck more than 100 children at last year’s fair. To get to the goodies, youngsters had to gallop past a stand of portable wash stands, each slathered with a blizzard of reminders to wash hands thoroughly.

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William Marler, a nationally-known attorney who has represented the most seriously injured victims of E. coli in the United States, today called on Dole’s corporate leaders “to do the right thing and immediately pay the medical bills and wage loss of those sickened with E. coli in the Dole lettuce outbreak. In many past outbreaks,

The Dole Company, Inc., whose ready-to-eat salads have recently been linked to a large E. coli outbreak and multiple hospitalizations, was named as defendant in a lawsuit filed today by Leonard and Carol Tvedten of Fairmont, Minnesota. (Federal Cause No. 05-CV-2404) William Marler, the nationally-known attorney who has represented victims of large E. coli outbreaks

As the Seattle Times reported today, one person has died and 13 were sickened at a Bellevue assisted-living facility after an outbreak of symptoms that public-health officials say point to E. coli, a potentially deadly food-borne bacterium.
From the article:

The woman who died Thursday night was in her 80s, said Marili Rounds, executive director of the facility, Robinswood Pointe Senior Living Center. Health officials did not identify her.

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Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm that has represented thousands of victims of E. coli poisoning, has learned that local Seattle health officials are investigating two outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7, the potentially deadly foodborne pathogen that first became widely known during a 1993 outbreak linked to Seattle-area Jack in the Box restaurants. The outbreaks

With at least 23 people in Minnesota sickened with the deadly E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, 8 of them hospitalized and 1 child developing acute kidney failure, all from apparently eating bagged, “pre-washed” lettuce, one needs to ask if the convenience is worth the risk. According to the FDA, more that 245,000 bags of lettuce might