E. Coli Litigation

A resource for E. Coli Outbreak Legal Cases sponsored by Marler Clark

Marler Clark’s E. coli lawyers developed this site to keep our clients up-to-date on current litigation being prosecuted by Marler Clark throughout the United States. The site is also a resource for Marler Clark co-counsel in E. coli cases, print and broadcast media who are working on stories about E. coli outbreaks and outbreak-related litigation, and potential clients who are researching Marler Clark in anticipation of filing an E. coli claim.

Marler Clark Current Case Updates

E. coli litigation is currently taking place in several states.

  • Burma Superstar E. coli Outbreak

    Between Friday, August 23 and Monday, August 26, 2013, the San Francisco Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit (SFDPH CDCU) received eight reports of laboratory-confirmed Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 infection in unrelated San Francisco residents.  This number of reports represented a marked increase over the background incidence of E. coli O157 in San Francisco of less than 1 case per month.  The eight reports were received from three clinical laboratories.  Case-patient residences were geographically dispersed throughout San Francisco but suggested moderate to high socioeconomic status.  CDCU initiated standard follow-up interviews with all case-patients.  While no common exposures or demographic characteristics were immediately apparent, cases tended to be younger, salad-eating, local-market shoppers.  Marler Clark represents two children who developed HUS and two adults.

  • Coco Loco and Tyson E. coli Outbreak

    In April and May 2013 the Brazos County Health Department (BCHD) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred among customers of Coco Loco Restaurant located in College Station, Texas.  Cases were identified through laboratory test results, patient interviews and physician office reports.  A total of 10 persons were counted as outbreak associated cases; five were laboratory confirmed with an indistinguishable genetic strain of E. coli O157:H7 as determined by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE).  Four patients were hospitalized.  Three patients developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).  Outbreak associated cases ate at Coco Loco on April 15, April 16 or April 17.  Two patients became ill on April 17. Five patients experienced symptom onset on April 18. The last patient became ill on April 22.  The outbreak was assigned Cluster Identification Number 1305TXEXH-1. 

    Marler Clark has filed suit on behalf of two boys that developed hemolytic uremic sundrome

  • Federico’s Mexican Restaurant E. coli Lawsuits and Litigation

    The Marler Clark attorneys have filed lawsuits on behalf of E. coli outbreak victims whose illnesses were traced to lettuce used in food sold by Federico’s, a Mexican restaurant located in Litchfield Park, Arizona. 

  • Glass Onion Catering & Gourmet Foods E. coli Outbreak

    The Marler Clark attorneys have filed 5 individual lawsuits against the parent company of Glass Onion Catering, Artherstone Foods.  The lawsuits were filed on behalf of California and Washington residents who fell ill with E. coli infections in October and November of 2013 after eating salads purchased from Trader Joe’s locations.

  • House of Prime E. coli Outbreak

    Marler Clark represents a dozen tribal members who developed E. coli infections.

    In July 2014 local, state, and tribal health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred primarily among members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and their guests. Ill persons had attended one or more of several events catered by Jim-N-Jo’s Northland Katering (“Jim-N-Jo’s”) between July 11 and July 16. The events catered by Jim-N-Jo’s included an Elder Picnic (July 11), a wedding (July 12), a three day conference for a private company (July 14-16), and a focus group held on the Fond du Lac Reservation on July 16.

  • Jimmy John’s Clover Sprouts E. coli Outbreak and Lawsuits

    Marler Clark is representing victims of an E. coli O26 outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts used as toppings on sandwiches served at Jimmy John’s restaurants.  The law firm filed 5 E. coli lawsuits against Jimmy John’s on behalf of outbreak victims.  4 cases have been resolved, while 1 remains in litigation.

  • Jimmy Johns Cucumber E. coli Outbreak

    On Friday, October 18, 2013, public health investigators at the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) detected an increase in Denver area patients reported as having E. coli O157.  Preliminary interviews revealed that patients had eaten at Jimmy John’s restaurants and shopped at an area grocery store chain.  CDPHE epidemiologist, Nicole Comstock, noted in an October 22 email sent to county health departments that “at this time we are not ruling any exposures out yet.”  Ms. Comstock encouraged county investigators to interview newly reported patients diagnosed with E. coli O157 promptly using a standardized questionnaire.  By October 23, CDPHE epidemiologists described the association between illness and sandwiches prepared at area Jimmy John’s restaurants “too strong to ignore.”

    CDPHE and their local and federal public health partners conducted case finding, two case control studies (“Study I” and “Study II”), an environmental investigation, produce traceback, and laboratory testing.  Case finding occurred via routine public health surveillance methods.  Case control “Study I” was conducted to assess restaurant exposures reported by case-patients.  Case control “Study II” was conducted subsequently to assess foods consumed at Jimmy John’s.  For “Study II” online and phone order records were used to recruit controls (non-ill Jimmy John’s customers) who purchased food from the same Jimmy John’s locations on the dates as case-patients.

    Eight patients laboratory confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 were identified as outbreak associated cases.  All eight patients were infected with an indistinguishable genetic strain (EXHX01.0074/EXHA26.0569) of E. coli O157 as determined by PFGE and MLVA.  This strain was not seen elsewhere in the United States in October 2014.  One patient was classified as a “probable” case since she was not culture positive for E. coli O157 due to collection of her stool specimen post-antibiotic treatment.  Marler Clark represents one HUS victim.

  • Schnucks Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits and Litigation

    Marler Clark E. coli attorneys have filed two lawsuits on behalf people made seriously ill with E. coli illnesses after consuming romaine lettuce from Schnucks supermarket salad bars. Along with Schnucks, Moore, Oklahoma-based distributor Vaughan Foods has been added as a defendant in all litigation related to this outbreak.

  • State Garden Spinach & Spring Mix E. coli Lawsuits & Litigation

    Marler Clark represents several victims of a 33-person E. coli outbreak that was traced to Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix sold at Wegmans stores on the East Coast in October, 2012.  The firm has filed 3 lawsuits on behalf of E. coli outbreak victims from Western New York.

  • Whole Foods and Rain Crow Ranch E. coli Outbreak

    Whole Foods Market locations, South Weymouth, Massachusetts and Newton, Massachusetts recalled 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced August 15, 2014. Marler Clark represents the family of a young boy who died of complications of an E. coli infection.