Lawsuits Build Against Nebraska
Beef as New Recall is Announced
update: 1:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 11, 2008
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VALDOSTA, Ga., Aug 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A second
Georgia lawsuit arising from E. coli tainted meat sourced from Nebraska Beef
Ltd. was filed Friday, just as the beef processing company recalled another 1.2
million pounds of contaminated meat, bringing the total recalled in the last
thirty days to over 6 million pounds. The complaint was filed against Nebraska
Beef Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia,
Valdosta Division on behalf of Lillie Ruth and Theron
Richter of Colquitt County,
GA. The plaintiffs are
represented by Marler Clark, a Seattle
law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne
illness, and by Albany
attorney F. Faison Middleton, IV of Watson, Spence, Lowe & Chambless, LLP.
A cluster of E. coli illnesses appeared in ColquittCounty
in late June, and was traced to the Barbeque Pit in Moultrie, Georgia.
The restaurant closed voluntarily on July 3, and recently re-opened after
almost a month of decontamination. As many as twelve customers of the Barbeque
Pit developed E. coli, and four of the victims have developed Hemolytic Uremic
Syndrome, or HUS. Mrs. Richter ate at the Barbeque Pit in Moultrie, GA
twice in late June, and by July 1, required hospitalization. She tested
positive for E. coli O157:H7 and remained in the hospital for a week.
"The first priority is to help these families with
their medical bills, lost employment, and long-term care," said William Marler, the Richter's attorney. "However, Nebraska
Beef and other meat processors need to realize that the customers they poison
will not sit by and wait for the next recall. It is clear that the beef
industry has dropped the reins on its food safety protocols -- there has been a
new E. coli outbreak every week somewhere in the US, and that means more families
grappling with these life-threatening and life-altering illnesses. It has to
cases have been genetically matched to a multi-state outbreak, which includes Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Indiana.
The illnesses have been traced to E. coli tainted meat from Nebraska Beef Ltd. of
which was a supplier to the Barbeque Pit in Moultrie. At least 50 have fallen ill in the
seven confirmed states. The new recall is responsible for up to 30 additional
sicknesses in California, Colorado,
New Jersey, New Mexico,
BACKGROUND: MarlerClark has represented thousands of victims of food borne
illness outbreaks since the landmark Jack in the Box E. coli case. The firm's
attorneys have litigated high-profile food poisoning cases against such
companies as ConAgra, Wendy's, Chili's, Chi-Chi's, and Cargill. MarlerClark currently
represents victims of outbreaks traced to peppers, ground beef, potpies, and
spinach, as well as other foods. Please do not contact the plaintiff directly.
Contact Mary Siceloff at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(206) 719-4705. For further information visit www.marlerclark.com and www.marlerblog.com.