Fighting for Food Safety

DBAS Law Files Lawsuit on behalf of Family Infected by E. coli Tainted Romaine Lettuce

Balaban | Spielberger has filed one of the first California lawsuits stemming from a serious nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce.

The complaint filed in Solano County Superior Court claims 27-year-old LaTyra Hunter, her 14-year-old sister and her 3-year-old daughter ate E. coli tainted lettuce from a Papa Murphy’s restaurant. The lawsuit names Papa Murphy’s and Shamrock Foods Company, which sold the lettuce to the restaurant.

The family shared a chicken Caesar salad on April 8, 2018 from the Papa Murphy’s in American Canyon, CA. Just days later, all three individuals developed diarrhea, began vomiting, had to be taken to the emergency room and were diagnosed with E. coli.

On April 17, the three-year-old was hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition, and required multiple blood transfusions. She faces an uncertain medical future as a result of the E. coli infection.

On April 13, the CDC announced a multi-state outbreak of E. coli, which was linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce products produced in the Yuma, Arizona growing region. According to the CDC, as of May 9, 149 people were infected with the outbreak strain from 29 states. Of those, 64 were hospitalized and 17 developed HUS (kidney failure). And, so far, one person in California has died.

Daniel Balaban is co-lead counsel on the case. Mr. Balaban’s practice is focused on fighting for justice against corporations, pharmaceutical giants, government entities, big auto makers, medical device manufacturers, food companies, trucking outfits and medical organizations. His efforts have recovered over a hundred million dollars for victims of wrongdoing.

Co-lead counsel Jory Lange with The Lange Law Firm, PLLC is one of the nation’s leading food safety lawyers. Mr. Lange has helped families from California to Florida, the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest, and in states across the nation. You can learn more about Jory Lange at

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