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Lawsuit Claims Ohio Woman Victim Of Taco Bell Salmonella Outbreaks

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - An Ohio victim of the Salmonella outbreaks linked to Taco Bell filed a food poisoning lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Scioto County, Ohio, on Aug. 16 (Tammy Hale, et al. vs. Yum Brands Inc., et al., No. 10CIC00032, Ohio Comm. Pls., Scioto Co.).

The lawsuit was filed against the food chain's parent company, Yum! Brands, on behalf of Scioto County resident Tammy Hale by Bill Marler of the Seattle food safety law firm Marler Clark and by Fred Wendel of the Columbus, Ohio, firm Stewart & DeChant.

Two parallel outbreaks of Salmonella have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both linked to the Taco Bell restaurant chain. Salmonella Hartford and Salmonella Baildon - the two outbreak strains - are rare and strong, sickening at least 155 people in 21 states and sending more than 30 percent of the ill to the hospital. More than 60 percent of the victims reported eating at Taco Bell.

The case is assigned to Judge William T. Marshall.

Marler Clark has represented victims of every major foodborne illness outbreak since 1993. For more information, visit and

Consumer Resource: Downloadable Family Food Safety Guide for Salmonella (PDF).