Friday, November 9, 2012

Food Safety Litigation Class Presents Plaintiff and Defendant's Perspectives

Members of our LL.M. class are thoroughly enjoying their Food Safety Litigation class taught by attorney Bill Marler.

Yesterday, they were treated in the morning to presentations from Bill, speaking as the most successful food borne illness plaintiff's attorney in the United States. They learned about his practice, his clients, and the passion that he brings to his work.

Then, as a new twist to the class, Bill brought in attorney Josh Swiger from Atlanta, Georgia, as Bill's special guest speaker for the afternoon session. Josh is Of Counsel with the Wienberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial law firm, where food borne defense work makes up a large portion of his practice. Josh's representative case work in this area includes:
  • Successfully resolved punitive damages and personal injury claims against food processor client during bifurcated trial in Federal Court in Utah in 2011;
  • Represents Mid-West beef processor in national E. coli outbreak in the Summer of 2008 with over 80 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak;
  • Represents California lettuce processor in Northeast E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in November-December 2006 (Taco Bell E. coli outbreak);
  • Represents California spinach processor in national E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in August 2006.
It was a tremendous opportunity for our class, and we are very grateful to both Bill and Josh for their contributions to our curriculum.

Bill is back in the classroom today, discussing his work with Stephanie Smith's case and his pro bono representation of the FSIS officials sued in the BPI "Pink Slime" defamation suit against ABC news. This afternoon he delivers his public forum, The “Rocky Ford” Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -  How a Fruit Killed 33 Americans

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