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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: How not to poison your date on Valentine’s Day – 8 steps for getting lucky

Opinion

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I met the love of my life years before I became a bit too paranoid about dinning out. Yet, with my thoughts on the six foods I do not eat going viral world-wide, I was asked recently how to protect your Valentine’s Day date from barfing or experiencing diarrhea – clearly, neither a great start… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall

Opinion

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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: When is a Recall not a Recall?

Opinion

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Last week, Dole posted on the FDA website: Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location. On the Canadian Public Health site was a slightly different version: Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Chipotle – Parallels with Jack-in-the-Box and Odwalla

Opinion

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The more things change the more things stay the same. Friday a Chipotle stockholder brought suit against the company, filing a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the complaint, the investor accused Chipotle of failing to disclose that its “quality controls were inadequate to safeguard consumer and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why Blue Bell is Under Criminal Investigation

Opinion

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As of April 20, 2015 the CDC reported a total of ten patients infected with several strains of Listeria reported from four states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). Illness onset dates ranged from January 2010 through January 2015. All ten patients were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported from Kansas. After those… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Chipotle Must Denounce Mike Adam’s Conspiracy Theory

Opinion

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I think Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” thought he might be helping Chipotle with his recent post: “ANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage… biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli (sic) in retaliation for restaurant’s anti-GMO menu.” Although, I understand that people might want to deflect blame/responsibility away, however, blaming one, or six,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Restaurant Rising – Marler’s 12 Step Program

Opinion

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Were I  the CEO of a 1,900-store restaurant chain with 45,000 employees (with a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 1522:1), and just had six foodborne illness outbreaks in six months, what would I do this coming Monday morning? Frankly, with my stock price in free fall – losing $6 billion in value in less than two… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?

Opinion

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It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Do We Need a Petting Zoo Preservation Act?

Opinion

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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