Bainbridge food safety champion subject of book


Bainbridge food safety attorney Bill Marler is the subject of recently-released nonfiction book “Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat.”

Marler and the book’s author, Jeff Benedict, will discuss the book on Friday (7:30 p.m.) at Eagle Harbor Books.

Marler has spent two decades helping sick people sue corporations over tainted food.

“Poisoned” focuses on Marler’s early 1990s battle with Jack in the Box after its E. coli outbreak made one of his clients and other people seriously ill. The $15.7 million settlement set a Washington state personal injury settlement record and led to several other cases against the fast food chain.

Marler made headlines in 2009 when he donated $50,000 to ensure a college-wide discussion of Michael Pollan’s book “Omnivore’s Dilemma” was not canceled at Washington State University, Marler’s alma mater.