Listeria outbreak draws Seattle lawyer to battle

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SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle personal injury attorney behind most every lawsuit associated with foodborne illness is in the news again with the listeria outbreak in cantaloupe.

Bill Marler’s firm already has filed six lawsuits against Colorado grower Jensen Farms, where federal health authorities say the listeria outbreak originated, and a distributor.

While Jensen recalled more than 300,000 cases of cantaloupe, neither the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor the Food and Drug Administration have determined the source of the outbreak.

Marler created a niche for himself in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, winning a $15.6 million settlement for a girl sickened by hamburger.

The latest outbreak in cantaloupe has sickened more than 100 people and killed at least 21.