About Hepatitis

From the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis and other foodborne illness outbreaks.

Outbreak News

Lawyers give something back

Monday, March 22, 2004

By ROB MARGETTA

Providence Journal Staff Writer

SWANSEA -- The lawyers who represented 1,347 Swansea residents in a 2001 class-action lawsuit against D'Angelo Sandwich Shops gave $15,000 of their attorneys' fees from the suit to Joseph Case High School last week.

The 1,347 residents were among the roughly 1,900 who were immunized for hepatitis A during a fall 2001 outbreak of the disease started by a D'Angelo employee. Rarely fatal, hepatitis A is the mildest type of hepatitis infection and can be spread by food service workers who do not practice good bathroom hygiene.

A Fall River Superior Court judge awarded a $270,000 settlement to the plaintiffs in February. Each of the 1,347 residents received a $200 check, while Somerset lawyer Steve Sabra and the Marler Clark attorneys, of Seattle, received $45,000 in fees to split.

The lawyers decided to give a portion of the money back to Swansea, and along with Frank Lucca, the representative of those vaccinates in the hepatitis outbreak, decided that Case would serve as a symbol of the community.

William Marler, one of the Marler Clark lawyers, called Case High principal Joseph Santos to announce the donation last week.

"It's fun to challenge people's preconceived notions of lawyers by doing something like this," he said. "It's a positive thing for the school, and a positive thing for our profession. We have done the same in other cases."

To contact Rob Margetta, phone 508-674-8401 or e-mail rmargett@projo.com.

More on this outbreak: D'Angelo's Hepatitis A Outbreak

Consumer Resources

Marler Clark Salmonella Consumer Resources

Continue Reading

Connect with Marler Clark

Office:

1012 First Avenue
Fifth Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Hours:

M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Pacific

Call toll free:

1 (800) 884-9840

If you have questions about foodborne illness, your rights or the legal process, we’d be happy to answer them for you.