Salmonella Litigation

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Salmonella outbreaks can sometimes be traced back to food served at restaurants

Numerous Salmonella outbreaks have been traced to the consumption of foods purchased from restaurants. The sources of such outbreaks include cross-contamination, contamination of food by ill food workers or service staff, and Salmonella-contaminated eggs, meat, and produce. Occasionally, investigators from public health departments and environmental health agencies are unable to determine how restaurant food came to be contaminated with Salmonella, and outbreak sources are unknown.

In the early months of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that sickened at least 68 people from 10 states was traced to Taco Bell restaurants. One common food source served at various Taco Bell restaurants associated with the outbreak was never tied to the Salmonella outbreak. See 2012 Taco Bell Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Lawsuits & Litigation

Later in the year, at least 117 people from Washington and Oregon became ill with Salmonella infections after eating food from the On the Border Mexican restaurant in Vancouver, Washington. Clark County Public Health investigated the Salmonella outbreak after receiving reports of infection but was unable to determine an exact cause of the outbreak. See On the Border Mexican Restaurant Salmonella Lawsuits.

Food served at Taco Bell restaurants was determined to be the source of two concurrent Salmonella outbreaks in the summer of 2010. At least 75 people from 15 states became ill with Salmonella Hartford infections and 80 people from 15 states became ill with Salmonella Baildon infections during the two Salmonella outbreaks. Public health investigators were unable to trace the Salmonella contamination to particular food items or ingredients used at Taco Bell restaurants during the outbreaks.See 2010 Taco Bell Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits & Litigation

Subway restaurants in Illinois were the source of a Salmonella outbreak in 2010. At least 109 people, including workers at several restaurants, tested positive for Salmonella Hvittingfoss, a rare strain of Salmonella. Although fresh produce was removed from Subway restaurants associated with the outbreak, no food item was determined to be the source of illness among Salmonella outbreak victims. See Subway Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

A Salmonella outbreak at a Rochester, Minnesota, Quiznos restaurant was investigated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Olmstead County Public Health Services in 2007. Through the joint investigation, the two public health agencies identified 23 people who became ill after eating at Quiznos. Further investigation led to the conclusion that tomatoes served at the restaurant were the source of the outbreak. See Quiznos Salmonella Outbreak Litigation.

In 2005, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) investigated a Salmonella enteritidis outbreak among customers of the Old South buffet-style restaurant in Camden, South Carolina. A case-control study revealed that roast turkey served at the restaurant was statistically associated with illness, and laboratory results from an environmental investigation confirmed that turkey was the source of Salmonella within the restaurant. Investigators further learned that a malfunctioning oven prevented the turkey from reaching a temperature sufficient to kill Salmonella. In what proved to be one of the largest Salmonella outbreaks in South Carolina history, 304 confirmed and suspected Salmonella cases were identified during the course of the investigation, and one man died as a result of his infection. See Old South Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits.

In 2003, a large Salmonella outbreak was traced to the Chili’s restaurant in Vernon Hills, Illinois. During an inspection at the restaurant, Lake County Health Department (LCHD) investigators cited the restaurant for numerous food code violations, including food not stored at proper temperatures, and learned that the restaurant’s dishwashing machine was broken and corroded and that the tube that fed chlorine into the machine was plugged, preventing proper sanitization of dishes. Subsequent to the restaurant inspection, investigators learned that Chili’s had operated without hot water for one full day and without any running water at all for part of another day. By the time the outbreak was over, more than 300 individuals had been sickened as a result of consuming contaminated food at a Chili’s. Of those, 141 customers and 28 employees had tested positive for Salmonella, while 105 other infected individuals met the LCHD’s definition of a probable case. LCHD issued a preliminary report that concluded the outbreak was caused by infected employees who contaminated food with Salmonella as a result of poor sanitary practices and improper food-handling. See Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Litigation.

  • A & R Bar-be-que Salmonella Lawsuit

    Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against A & R Bar-be-que of Memphis, Tennessee, on July 30, 2009.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a father and son who both became ill with Salmonella infections and were hospitalized with acute kidney failure after eating food purchased from the restaurant in mid-July. The claim was successfully resolved prior to trial.

  • Adrift Restaurant Salmonella Lawsuits

    The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark represented two women in claims against Adrift restaurant.  Health officials determined that the women had become ill with Salmonellosis after eating crab cakes that were improperly cooked.

  • Beaches Sandy Bay Jamaica Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    The Marler Clark Salmonella lawyers represented two couples who became ill with Salmonella infections after staying at the Beaches resort in Jamaica.  70 people from the United States were confirmed part of the Salmonella outbreak.  Marler Clark has resolved one case against Beaches, and is currently litigating the case of a Pennsylvania man who developed permanent, debilitating reactive arthritis after being sickened in the outbreak.

  • Black Forest Bakery Salmonella Lawsuits

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella attorneys represented over 30 people who were infected with Salmonella after eating contaminated cannolis and cassata cakes purchased from the Black Forest Bakery in Macomb, Michigan, in Salmonella claims in 2002.  The attorneys filed Salmonella lawsuits against the bakery, and later settled the lawsuits before they went to trial.

  • Brent’s Deli Salmonella Outbreak

    In July 2014 public health investigators in California learned of an increase of case patients diagnosed with Salmonella serotype Montevideo.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Microbial Disease Laboratory (MDL) conducted pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) on isolates cultured from patient specimens. Seven patients were infected with an indistinguishable genetic strain identified as JIXX01.0645, an uncommon genetic strain.  Patients resided in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.  Information gathered in interviews conducted by local health investigators revealed that just prior to onset of symptoms; all seven patients had eaten at Brent’s Deli, a restaurant located in Westlake Village, California.  Health officials initiated active surveillance of patients diagnosed with Salmonella Montevideo strain JIXX01.0645. In total 19 patients infected with strain JIXX01.0645 were identified. Two additional patients were infected with strain JIXX01.1565, considered to be a clonal derivative of the main outbreak strain. Two of the 21 patients were employees of Brent’s Deli. Eight patients were hospitalized. Dates of illness onset ranged from April 30, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

    Marler Clark has filed one lawsuit and represents a dozen other victims

  • Brook-Lea Country Club Salmonella Lawsuits

    The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark represented 70 victims of a Salmonella outbreak at the Brook-Lea Country Club outside of Rochester, New York, in 2002.  The law firm filed Salmonella lawsuits on behalf of outbreak victims.

  • Cafe Barbette Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark represented victims of a Salmonella outbreak traced to Minneapolis restaurant Cafe Barbette, a restaurant that served Salmonella-contaminated soup that resulted in an outbreak of illness.

  • Cafe Santa Fe Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    On May 12, 2005, Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers filed a lawsuit against Café Santa Fe, a South Little Rock, Arkansas restaurant located near Interstate 30. The suit, which was filed on behalf of a Benton, Arkansas woman, sought compensation for injuries that the woman suffered during a Salmonella outbreak at Café Santa Fe that left nine people with confirmed illnesses. The claim was resolved in early 2006.

  • Casa Lopez Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits and Litigation

    Marler Clark has resolved the claims of 8 people who became ill with Salmonella after eating at the Athens, Ohio, Casa Lopez restaurant in may of 2010.  The law firm pursued Salmonella litigation on behalf of the widower of a woman who died into October of 2012, when the case was resolved.

  • Chili’s Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark represented 50 people who became ill with Salmonella infections during a Salmonella outbreak at a Chili’s restaurant in Vernon Hills, Illinois.  The restaurant had operated for periods of time either without hot water or without water at all. 

  • CL Swanson Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark represented several workers from a Rochelle Foods plant that became ill with Salmonella poisoning after eating foods prepared by CL Swanson in the plant’s cafeteria.

  • Corky & Lenny’s Salmonella Lawsuits and Litigation

    Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit against Corky & Lenny’s, a Cleveland, Ohio-area restaurant, on February 15, 2006, on behalf of a woman who was hospitalized with a Salmonella infection after eating at the restaurant. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reported that there were 20 confirmed and 61 probable cases of Salmonellosis traced to the restaurant between January 29 and February 10, 2006. Marler Clark has resolved the claims of all individuals.

  • Fern Hill Golf & Country Club Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark represented victims of a Salmonella outbreak at the Donny Osmond “After Glow” party in Macomb County, Michigan.  The victims were all women who ate desserts contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

  • Golden Corral Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark represented several individuals, including a woman who developed reactive arthritis, in claims against Golden Corral after one of its Georgia buffet-restaurants was identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak.

  • Iguana Joe’s Restaurant Salmonella Lawsuit

    Marler Clark has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 10 victims of a Salmonella outbreak traced to the Humble, Texas Iguana Joe’s restaurant.

  • Ike’s Restaurant, Jouni Meat, and Gab Halal Foods Salmonella Lawsuit

    On February 11, 2013, Marler Clark filed the first Salmonella lawsuit associated with an outbreak traced to ground beef produced by Jouni Meat and Gab Halal Foods of Macomb County, Michigan.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 2 sisters who ate raw kibbeh purchased from Ike’s Restaurant and became ill with Salmonella infections.  The sisters were 2 of 22 people from Michigan, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating the ground beef.

  • KFC Salmonella Lawsuit

    Marler Clark represented a Colorado family in a lawsuit against KFC after a two-year-old boy became ill with Salmonella.  The boy had eaten popcorn chicken at KFC and subsequently fell ill with a Salmonella infection.

  • Lancaster’s BBQ Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

    Salmonella attorneys at Marler Clark represented victims of a 2011-2012 Salmonella outbreak linked to a North Carolina BBQ restaurant.  The claims have been resolved.

  • Linh’s Bakery Salmonella Lawsuits and Litigation

    In 2001, Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented victims of a Salmonella outbreak among patrons of Linh’s Bakery, near Richmond, Virginia.  The Virginia Department of Health counted nearly 250 people with Salmonella infections by the end of the outbreak, which was linked to eggs used in sandwich spread.

  • Old South Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

    The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark represented several people in claims against Old South restaurant, which was the source of a Salmonella outbreak in 2005. 

  • On the Border Mexican Restaurant Salmonella Lawsuits

    Marler Clark represents over a dozen clients in litigation resulting from a 2012 Salmonella outbreak at the On the Border Mexican restaurant in Vancouver, WA.  The firm has filed 3 lawsuits against the restaurant.  Mediation of all clients’ Salmonella claims is pending.

  • Pars Cove Salmonella Lawsuits

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented over twenty individuals who became ill with Salmonella Heidelberg infections after eating foods prepared at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste of Chicago festival in July of 2007.  The City of Chicago Department of Public Health identified hummus shirazi, a fresh herb tomato cucumber salad over a bed of hummus, as the source of the Salmonella outbreak.  The claims against Pars Cove have been resolved, but the claims against the upstream suppliers of the contaminated product are still pending. 

  • Quality Inn Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented victims of a 2003 Salmonella outbreak traced to the Quality Inn restaurant in Clarkston, Washington.

  • Quizno’s Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuit

    Marler Clark represents a woman who became ill with a Salmonella Typhimurium infection after eating contaminated tomatoes served in food-items at the Rochester, Minnesota, Quizno’s restaurant in early October of 2007.  The Minnesota Department of Health and Olmsted County Public Health Services investigated the outbreak and identified 23 cases of Salmonella among patrons and employees of the restaurant; 18 were culture-confirmed, and one person was hospitalized for two days.  All cases ate food prepared at the restaurant between October 1 and October 8, 2007. 

  • San Antonio Taco Salmonella Lawsuits

    Marler Clark’s lawyers represented several victims of a Salmonella outbreak traced to a San Antonio Taco restaurant located in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000.  The law firm resolved all Salmonella claims against the restaurant in 2002.

  • Seasons on the Pond Salmonella Lawsuit

    The Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark filed a Salmonella lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman who became ill after eating food from Seasons on the Pond restaurant in 2003.  The woman’s Salmonella claim was resolved out of court.

  • Sheetz Salmonella Outbreak Litigation

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented over 100 people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at Sheetz convenience stores.  The Sheetz Salmonella outbreak was traced to tomatoes supplied to Sheetz by Coronet Foods of Wheeling, West Virginia.

  • Subway Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

    In June 2010, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that it was investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Hvittingfoss illnesses in approximately 14 counties across the state of Illinois. The outbreak has grown substantially to over 109 people in 28 counties and 90 more probably cases.

  • Sunset House Salmonella Claims

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented several people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at a restaurant in Cody, Wyoming.  The source of the outbreak was ultimately determined to be canned mushrooms that became contaminated during food preparation. 

  • Sushi King Salmonella Outbreak LitigationLawsuits

    The Marler Clark law firm represented over a dozen people sickened after eating Salmonella-contaminated sushi from the Sushi King restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas.  The firm continues to pursue claims on behalf of two people who ate at Sushi King and became ill with Salmonella infections.

  • Taco Bell Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Lawsuits

    Marler Clark is representing victims of a Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Taco Bell in January of 2012.  The law firm filed suit against Taco Bell on behalf of a woman who became ill with Salmonella after eating food purchased from Taco Bell.  Marler Clark resolved all claims against Taco Bell.

  • Taco Bell Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits and Litigation

    Parallel outbreaks of Salmonella Hartford and Salmonella Baildon that sickened at least 155 people in 21 states were linked to Taco Bell in 2010.  Marler Clark is pursuing Salmonella claims against Yum! Brands/Taco Bell on behalf of 2 victims of the outbreak.  The law firm has resolved the claims of several Salmonella outbreak victims.  Only one case remains in litigation.

  • Toast of Dilworth Salmonella Outbreak Lawsuits

    Attorneys at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm are representing multiple victims of a 2012 Salmonella outbreak linked to Toast Cafe of Dilworth, a North Carolina restaurant chain.  Marler Clark represents multiple people who became ill with Salmonella during the outbreak in lawsuits against Toast of Dilworth.

  • Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant Salmonella Lawsuits

    The Marler Clark law firm filed 35 lawsuits against Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant of North Carolina on behalf of individuals who became ill with Salmonella after eating at the restaurant.  The lawsuits were resolved out of court in 2003. 

  • Wyndham Anatole Hotel Salmonella Class Action Lawsuit

    Marler Clark’s Salmonella lawyers represented 19 people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating food prepared at the Wyndham Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, in 2002.