Topps Meats E. coli Outbreak LawsuitsMarler Clark filed two E. coli lawsuits against Topps Meats. The first lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New York child who was hospitalized for four days after eating a Topps hamburger at a barbecue, and the second lawsuit was filed on behalf of a mother and child who were both hospitalized - the child with hemolytic uremic syndrome - after eating Topps hamburgers at their home. In the second lawsuit, Marler Clark’s E. coli attorneys asked that the plaintiffs be awarded punitive damages.
On September 25, 2007, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Topps Meat Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was recalling 331,582 pounds of frozen ground beef products due to reported illnesses associated with consumption of Topps hamburgers. By September 29, 2007, Topps Meats had expanded the recall to a total of 21.7 million pounds of frozen ground beef products produced on various dates between September 25, 2006 and September 25, 2007. The CDC had announced that 38 illnesses in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania had been confirmed as associated with the Topps Meats E. coli outbreak. All cases have been resolved.