Nestle Cookie Dough E. coli Outbreak LawsuitsMarler Clark’s E. coli lawyers filed multiple lawsuits against Nestle USA in the large E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to cookie dough in spring and early-summer 2009. The first suit, filed on June 22, 2009, was on behalf of a young California woman. The next day, the E. coli lawyers filed a second lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado child who became ill with an E. coli infection and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure, after eating Nestle Toll House cookie dough in April. On June 24, the law firm filed a third E. coli lawsuit against Nestle USA on behalf of a victim from Washington state.
Nestle USA temporarily laid off workers at its Danville, Virginia, plant, while investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the plant in an effort to discover the most likely source of E. coli contamination. According to an FDA press release, a prepackaged 16-ounce Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar produced at the Danville plant in February tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 on June 29.
According to the CDC, the 76 people who became ill with E. coli after eating Nestle refrigerated cookie dough and brownie products range in age from 2 to 65 years. Thirty-five E. coli outbreak victims were hospitalized, and 11 developed HUS.
Marler Clark represented 17 people who became ill during the Nestle cookie dough E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, including multiple individuals who developed severe HUS illnesses. All claims have been resolved.