SAN DIEGO, California – A third lawsuit was filed today against Sodexo, Inc. in the Southern District Court of California on behalf of Tristan Abbott who developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection from food served at the Marine Corps Recruitment Depo. Mr. Abbott is represented by Marler Clark, the Nation’s Food Safety Law Firm, and Gordan and Holmes, a local, well-respected San Diego firm. Abbott v. Sodexo, Inc. 3:18-cv-01975-BEN-WVG
On September 25, 2017, Mr. Abbott arrived for recruit training at MRCD in San Diego. Until the onset of his symptoms, Mr. Abbott exclusively consumed food prepared and served by Sodexo, Inc. at the cafeteria or “chow hall” at MRCD. On October 24, 2017, Mr. Abbott began experiencing symptoms of bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. During this time, Mr. Abbott continued with his duties as a Marine recruit and two days later was taken to Camp Pendleton for additional exercises and training.
At Camp Pendleton, Mr. Abbott became progressively more ill. October 29, his drill instructor took him to the hospital where he would remain until October 31. On the 31st, Mr. Abbott was taken by ambulance to Scripps Encinitas Hospital where he was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and started on dialysis. On November 3, Mr. Abbott was transferred to the intensive care unit at Balboa Naval Medical Center, where he would remain for the next month. During this time, Mr. Abbott developed neurological symptoms characterized by involuntary twitching of his head, arms, and legs. After discharge from Balboa, Mr. Abbott was taken to Alvarado Hospital for rehabilitation, where he remained until January 3rd. Upton return to MCRD, Mr. Abbott was unable to continue his training and was assigned to a rehab platoon. On April 27, 2018, he received medical discard from the Marine Corps. He has suffered permanent damage to his brain and kidneys as a result of his E. coli infection.
The Marine Corps San Diego and Camp Pendleton E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was reported in a CDC report by Amelia Keaton. In total, there were 62 confirmed cases, 62 probable, and 120 suspected cases. 30 people were hospitalized and 15 were diagnosed with HUS. Consumption of undercooked beef was found to be the probable cause of the outbreak.
“I again want to make clear that this is not a claim against the Marine Corps,” said Bill Marler, managing partner at Marler Clark. “We intend to hold Sodexo and the supplier of the tainted meat responsible for the devastating injuries caused to Mr. Abbott and the other young service members who have contacted us,” added Marler.
Marler Clark, The Nation’s Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our E. colilawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. We have proudly represented such victims as Chloe Rodgerson, Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.