Bill Marler, food safety advocate and E. coli attorney, whose Seattle law firm, Marler Clark, has been contacted by victims of the E. coli outbreak traced to the S&S’s hamburger recall and outbreak that has sickened at least 80 Boy Scouts, called today on S&S to pay the medical bills and lost wages of all individuals who became ill with E. coli infections as part of the outbreak.
“We know that at least eight became ill with E. coli infections after eating S&S hamburger,” Marler said. “The cost of treating victims of E. coli infections can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, or in a severe case, even in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Marler continued. “These families need S&S to do more than promise to cooperate in the investigation into this outbreak. They need to know that S&S intends to fulfill its corporate responsibility by looking out for its customers.”
Marler noted that in other outbreak-situations companies such as Chi-Chi’s, Dole, Jack in the Box, Con Agra, Odwalla and Sheetz advanced medical costs for outbreak victims whose illnesses were traced to their food products.
Since the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in 1993, Bill Marler has represented thousands of E. coli victims against corporations such as AFG, Bauer Meats, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Byerly’s, ConAgra, Cub Foods, Dole, Emmpak, Excel, Finley School District, Fresno Meat market, Gold Coast Produce, Habaneros, Interstate Meats, Jack in the Box, Karl Ehmer, Kentucky Fried Chicken, King Garden, Kroger, Lunds, McDonalds, Odwalla, Natural Selections, Nebraska Beef, Olive Garden, Peninsula Village, Pat & Oscar’s, PM Beef Holdings, Sam’s Club, Sizzler, Spokane Produce, Sodexho, Supervalu, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, Topps, United Food Group (UFG), Walmart, Wendy’s and Whole Foos. Total recoveries on behalf of victims are in excess of $300,000,000.
Several times a month Bill, through the non-profit OutBreak, Inc., speaks to industry and government throughout the United States, Canada, China and Australia on why it is important to prevent foodborne illnesses. He is also a frequent commentator on food litigation and safety.