E. Coli Plaintiff Settles with Cargill
A woman featured in a 2009 New York Times article that was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on food safety has reportedly settled her claims against Cargill, Inc., which allegedly produced the E. coli-contaminated hamburger that left her paralyzed with neurological problems and kidney damage. Represented by plaintiffs’ attorney William Marler, Stephanie Smith is a former dance instructor now confined to a wheelchair. Marler claimed that her medical bills have already totaled more than $2 million and that she will require additional rehabilitation and multiple transplants. The terms of the settlement, which must be approved by a court, are apparently confidential. Marler was quoted as saying, “Stephanie’s tragedy has taken on a life of its own, and hopefully it will continue to focus people on why food safety is important.” Cargill reportedly said in a joint statement that it “deeply regrets” her injuries and has invested in excess of $1 billion in meat science research and new food safety technologies. See Associated Press, May 12, 2010.