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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: Do We Need a Petting Zoo Preservation Act?



Over the last week I spoke to two families of very young children stricken by E. coli O111 after they both attended a small town Maine fair and petting zoo. One child was just released from the hospital after suffering from acute kidney failure and the other child was buried a week before from complications… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another Preventable Petting Zoo E. Coli Outbreak


The 2015 Oxford County Fair that was held in mid-September will be remembered for the death of one child and the severe illness to another due to infections with E. coli O111. The common exposure to the two children was the same petting zoo. The investigation is ongoing, but what has appeared thus far indicates… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Undercooked Burger was a Bad Idea in ’93, it is Stupid in ’15


In 1992 in response to a growing risk of pathogenic E. coli being linked to hamburger being cooked to the 140 degrees then suggested by the FDA Food Code, the State of Washington Department of Health increased the recommended temperature to 155 degrees – the only state to do so.  Officials disseminated the new temperature… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Stiff, Cold Wind


Marler and Parnell at congressional hearing

A week ago last Monday, I was sitting in a bar in the Boston airport across the gate from my delayed flight (I would eventually get home a day late) monitoring tweets and texts for the outcome of the sentencing of Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and their “food safety” director Mary Wilkerson, which… Continue Reading

Why the CEO and Board Need to Pay Attention to FSMA


Bill Marler testifying on FSMA

In the spring of 2007, I was asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, which was the committee tasked with modernizing our food safety system. From those hearings, which stretched from 2007 to 2009, came the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On the Senate side of the hill, work… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Few More Survey Results, Please


We have had nearly 1,000 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. We are extending the survey through next week, so please take a few minutes to give us some valuable feedback. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please Keep Those Survey Responses Coming


So far, we have had nearly 500 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than 27,000 Twitter followers, and almost 25,000 subscribers. Please help us out by letting us know about your experience with FSN. Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FoodSafetyNewsReaderSurvey… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Food ‘Crimes': When to Prosecute and Not?



Is it time for prosecutors to set forth clear guidelines for who is prosecuted and who is not? A few weeks ago, I was quoted in an article entitled, “Will Blue Bell face criminal charges after ice cream recall?” Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer who has represented victims in many of those cases, says… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Learning From the Listeria Mistakes of Others


I was reading a statement this morning from John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, that was published on the company’s website yesterday (April 24). I must admit I was impressed. Unlike many companies that find themselves in the crosshairs of a food recall and possible outbreak, Mr. Lowe immediately (after learning of positive sampling… Continue Reading