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Denis Stearns

Touchdowns and toilet bowls


Editor’s note: This is 2018 winner of the “Publisher’s Award” for essays written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School. The course is taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. When you think about high school football, you think about… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — The Salmonella question isn’t easily answered

ST. LOUIS — A scientist, a retiree and a lawyer walk into a seminar room. There’s no punchline. They’re no joke. They came to talk Salmonella and they are deadly serious. The three-part session Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection was headlined with a question in the program… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Family Sues Supermercado Over Salmonella Illnesses

A Kenosha, WI, family has sued the local Supermercado Los Corrales store whose pork sales are now thought to be responsible for a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 60 people. Kenneth and Melissa Vela, on behalf of themselves and their three children (Andrew, Elizabeth and Jacob), electronically filed their lawsuit Wednesday against the… Continue Reading

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


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

Harvard Law School to Host Conference on Food Safety Law

As the public comment periods wind down on provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), experts on food safety law have planned to convene at Harvard Law School to discuss the law and where food safety will go next. The conference, “New Directions for Food Safety: The Food Safety Modernization Act and Beyond,” will… Continue Reading