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Bill Marler

Bill Marler

Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert on foodborne illness litigation. He began representing victims of food-borne illness in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, resulting in her landmark $15.6 million settlement. Since that time, Bill and his law partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including testimony before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bill shares his thoughts on foodborne illness outbreaks and litigation at his personal blog, Marler Blog, at http://www.marlerblog.com. Bill is publisher of Food Safety News.

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Publisher’s Platform: And Now, We Wait

Opinion

Peanut Corporation of America in Plainview, Texas, February 3, 2009.

It is now in the hands of the jury. In 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut plant was found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak blamed for the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of 714 more — many of them my clients. Former PCA owner Stewart Parnell and his… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next

Opinion

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It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time for Sprout Warning Label?

Opinion

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Another sprout-related outbreak linked to Evergreen Fresh Sprouts – this time, according to CDC, a total of 17 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) have been reported from five states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows:  Idaho (3), Michigan (1), Montana… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: For Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, Lightning Does Strike Twice

Opinion

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Scott Maben of The Spokesman-Review reported this week that Washington and Idaho health officials say people should avoid eating raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer after the sprouts were linked to seven confirmed and three probable cases of E. coli illness in the Northwest. The cases include five people in Spokane County, three in… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Justice Delayed will not be Justice Denied

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I have developed a lasting friendship with many of Stewart Parnell’s victims of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Salmonella outbreak of 2008-2009. Many of the victims were my clients, including families of those who died. I watched in awe as several of the victims or family members testified before Congress (see all emails, documents and Congressional… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: I’m Having Cheerios for Breakfast

General Mills Decides to Focus on Food Safety Instead of Litigation

Opinion

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Not sure who Kirstie Foster is, but they should make her CEO of General Mills IMHO. Here is what she said: “As has been widely reported, General Mills recently posted a revised set of Legal Terms on our websites. Those terms – and our intentions – were widely misread, causing concern among consumers. “So we’ve… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: General Mills – You Can’t Sue Me!

Opinion

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When Stephanie Strom of The New York Times wrote “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” it caught my attention. At first I thought General Mills could not be serious about trying to deny its customers the right to their day in court if wronged by a General Mills product. I mean,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time to Vaccinate Restaurant Workers Against Hepatitis A

Opinion

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In the past few days, restaurants from a Papa John’s in North Carolina to the La Fontana suburban New York restaurant to a Moose Jaw bar, are issuing hepatitis A warnings due to an ill worker putting customers at risk. Hardly a month passes without a warning from a health department somewhere that an infected food… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: WWFFD? (What Would Foster Farms Do?)

Opinion

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First off, good for Tyson Foods for recalling plastic-tainted chicken nuggets. Second, why does “extraneous materials” in a Tyson product prompt a recall, but Salmonella in a Foster Farms product does not? FSIS posted a recall notice from Tyson Foods after it recalled 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be… Continue Reading