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Denis Stearns

Denis Stearns

Denis Stearns, a partner at Marler Clark, earned a BA in philosophy from Seattle University, and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He graduated from both schools with high honors, and won numerous awards for service and academic excellence. Prior to being a partner at Marler Clark, Denis worked as one of the lead attorneys on the defense team that represented Jack in the Box against the hundreds of claims and lawsuits arising from the historic 1993 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. In this role, he obtained extensive knowledge of the meat and foodservice industry, health and safety regulations, HACCP and other food safety systems, epidemiology, and foodborne illness. He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to food safety law, administrative regulation, and public health policy.

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Might FDA’s restaurant reach exceed its grasp?

Opinion

FDA and Chipotle

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” — from Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto” Part 2: Does case law support FDA’s expansive position on jurisdiction? According to published policy, the Food and Drug Administration claims to have “jurisdiction over all products made from interstate components regardless of the… Continue Reading

Might FDA’s restaurant reach exceed its grasp?

Opinion

FDA and Chipotle

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” — from Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto”        Part 1: FDA’s position on its jurisdiction over in-state food producers When the news broke on Jan. 6 that Chipotle Mexican Grill had been served with a federal grand jury subpoena as… Continue Reading

USDA, Salmonella, and the Cowardly Lion: A Profile in the Lack of Courage

Opinion

Cowardly Lion

Dorothy: “Don’t you know the Wizard’s going to give you some courage?” Cowardly Lion: “I’d be too scared to ask him for it.” In an article that will soon be published in the Seattle Law Review, I take a look at food safety through the lens of the “pink slime” controversy and question whether the… Continue Reading

Deadly Cantaloupes: A View from the Ivory Tower

Last fall, I started teaching at Seattle University School School of Law, doing so in part to give myself more time to do scholarship (research and writing) about food, in all of its fascinating aspects and implications. I knew that I would miss many things about the full-time practice of law. But I also knew… Continue Reading

In a Perfect World: Making Hamburger Safe

        “Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a … damned good time together.” Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –last lines of “The Sun Also Rises,”… Continue Reading

On Restaurant Grades: Giving an F to Josh Ozersky

In coming up with topics for my opinion-pieces here at Food Safety News, I have been trying not to be so critical–which is to say, trying not to build a topic around me criticizing someone for their opinions or proposals.  For as I observed in my last piece, The Perils of Punditry, there is not… Continue Reading