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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 foodborne 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.

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Publisher’s Platform: Why the US imports tainted food that can kill you

Opinion

From an Op-ed on the Hill this week.  Here is an excerpt: This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Dave Theno defined food safety culture

Opinion

Editor’s note: Food Safety crusader David M. Theno died Monday, June 19, 2017, when he was hit by a large wave while swimming with his grandson. Bill Marler, who worked with Theno to raise food safety awareness for more than 25 years, posted these thoughts after receiving the news about the death of his comrade… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Blue Barf, Green Goop, Purple Puke, Red Rubbish or Yellow Yuck

Opinion

Given the BPI v. ABC trial starts this week, I thought it would be good to repost an Op-Ed I penned in April 2012. What if you were the CEO of a multimillion dollar, privately held food manufacturing company and awoke one morning to find that the name of your best selling product (you previously… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

Opinion

I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please, put me out of business

Opinion

From about 2011 though the summer of 2015 business was slower for The Food Safety Law Firm, which meant on average less people were sickened by the food they ate. For some time I thought the food industry was actually “Putting me out of Business.” However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Make America Barf Again

Opinion

President Trump seems to be spending most weekends at his “Southern White House” golfing.  I wonder if he eats the food there or heads to the closest McDonald’s or KFC?  Or, perhaps he will start using Steve Bannon as a food tester? Jose Lambiet, the Miami Herald’s gossip columnist reported that the food at Mar-a-Lago… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The president isn’t focused on safe food

Opinion

Since taking office, President Trump has instituted a freeze on federal employees and the same on new or pending regulations.  He signed an Executive Order setting up a task force within agencies to repeal old rules. The President has also asked for a $54 billion increase in military spending that will likely be offset by… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

Opinion

Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How long do they get to stay at bat?

Opinion

I guess there’s no “two strikes, you’re out?” The Cozy Vale (Valley) Creamery has announced another recall of its raw milk. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk, according to the recall notice. Although the implicated raw milk is being removed from retail… Continue Reading

Andrew Schneider, great journalist and great guy, passes

Editor’s note: Andy’s honey investigation for Food Safety News continues to draw readers to this day, and has prompted more comments than any story in our history. After he left, he’d call us a half dozen times a year with suggestions or praise. We are going to miss him, that’s for sure. Check out his honey story here…. Continue Reading