The Reading Eagle this morning (5/30) reports that Yum Brands, parent company of Taco Bell, is being sued for $5 million in federal court by Debra Moyer of Boyertown.   The newspaper said the woman was the victim of E coli contaminated food served by a Gilbertsville Taco Bell in 2006.  Her lawyer spoke for her.

William Marler, a Seattle-based attorney who litigates E. coli cases, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

Moyer spent more than a month in the hospital and was in a coma for a week after she became sick in November 2006, Marler said Thursday.

Moyer, 48, has suffered permanent kidney damage and will require life-long treatments, Marler said.

The suit is seeking $5 million for past and future medical expenses, he said.

"A lot of people as sick as Debbie frankly don’t survive," Marler said. "She has made pretty good strides in her recovery."

Marler commented on the case on his blog here,  Yum offers "quick serve" food from 35,000 outlets in 100 countries.  It is based in Louisville, KY.