Tomorrow morning, we will file a lawsuit on behalf of Kelly and Matthew Cobb.  Kelly was one of at least ten people infected with E. coli O157:H7 in May 2008 after eating contaminated lettuce.  Kelly ultimately developed hemolytic uremic syndrome as a result of her infection, and she had to be hospitalized for two weeks.  Of course, a big part of Kelly’s story is that her husband, Matt, was fighting with the marines in Iraq at the time she became ill, leaving Kelly home alone to care for their two children. 

The lawsuit tomorrow will be filed against multiple entities, all of whom played a role in manufacturing the lettuce that made Kelly sick.  The companies, all from California, are as follows:  Church Brothers, LLC; Premium Fresh Farms, LLC; True Leaf Farms, LLC; Andrew Smith Company; and Paul’s Pak, Inc.

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Drew Falkenstein joined Marler Clark in January, 2004 and has concentrated his practice in representing victims of foodborne illness. He has litigated nationwide against some of the biggest food corporations in the world, including Dole, Kellogg’s, and McDonald’s.  He has worked on landmark…

Drew Falkenstein joined Marler Clark in January, 2004 and has concentrated his practice in representing victims of foodborne illness. He has litigated nationwide against some of the biggest food corporations in the world, including Dole, Kellogg’s, and McDonald’s.  He has worked on landmark cases that have helped shape food safety policy, HACCP protocol, and consumer rights, such as the E. coli outbreak in fresh spinach in 2006 and the 2008 Peanut Corporation of America outbreak of Salmonella. A frequent speaker for the not-for-profit organization Outbreak, Inc, Mr. Falkenstein travels the country to address public and environmental health organizations as well as food safety meetings and annual educational conferences.  He speaks on the intersection of law and public health, and addresses companies on how to prevent food borne illness outbreaks.