EFFECTIVE RESULTS

Toxic Tort Litigation

Our toxic tort engagements include representing:

  • a glass manufacturer in defense of a federal class action by adjacent property owners seeking to recover response costs and property damages, including diminution of value, resulting from alleged contamination by arsenic used in manufacturing operations over a 70-year period; jury ruled in favor of client on all counts after four-week trial
  • one of the world's largest technology and manufacturing companies in coordinating its nationwide defense against hundreds of asbestos premises liability personal injury claims
  • a major information technology company in its defense against a 282-plaintiff federal lawsuit alleging loss of property values and health hazards as a result of dumping of solvents at a local farm by a predecessor company during the 1960s; the case was settled for a fraction of plaintiffs' pre-trial demand
  • a tire manufacturer in defense against thousands of asbestos personal injury cases; most have been settled on very favorable terms for our client
  • a chemical company in its defense against multiple occupational cancer claims resulting from exposure to bis-chloromethyl ether; the cases were settled for less than expected, and the litigation resulted in a procedure that resolved subsequent BCME claims without litigation
  • a chemical company in its defense against multiple occupational cancer claims resulting from exposure to ethyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate; the cases were settled for reasonable amounts
  • a manufacturer of asbestos-containing products in its nationwide defense against occupational asbestos exposure claims; of about 1,000 claims in the Philadelphia area, we settled 14 for a total of less than $150,000, tried one case to a plaintiff's verdict that was subsequently settled for $35,000, and secured dismissal on nearly all the rest
  • a petrochemical company in its defense against a claim by a truck driver that his leukemia was caused by benzene exposure at a company plant; the case was settled for a small amount
  • a chemical company in defense against a 100-plaintiff action alleging neurological injuries from chronic exposure to methylene chloride; the litigation was settled for a nominal amount
  • a chemical company in its defense against a purported class action alleging that our client's industrial landfill contaminated nearby wells with trichloroethylene
  • a rail company in multiple claims alleging injury caused by PCB contamination of a railroad yard; those cases were settled favorably for our client; we also helped negotiate consent decrees in a related Superfund cost recovery action and successfully sued the successor to a bankrupt railroad to share in those costs
  • manufacturers of cutting and honing oils used extensively in heavy industry in successfully defending against litigation claiming that the lubricants cause cancer
  • a natural gas utility in defense against a personal injury claim and government enforcement activity involving the accidental release of small amounts of mercury during removal of natural gas regulators from homes
  • a natural gas utility in defense against personal injury, property damage, property value diminution and medical monitoring claims related to groundwater contamination from waste disposal from a manufactured gas site; settled claims by 20 families for a total of $90,000
  • a tire manufacturer in defense against personal injury and property damage claims by 40 families alleging groundwater contamination from a landfill; cases were settled for $10,000 - $15,000 per family
  • a petrochemical company in defense against a purported class action asserting property damage as a result of a pipeline rupture; class certification was denied
  • a diversified manufacturing and chemical company in defense of multi-plaintiff litigation claiming injuries from exposure to fumes from packing materials; the case was settled for a small sum
  • the owner of a paper mill in defense against personal injury and wrongful death actions involving a 99-vehicle collision on an interstate highway allegedly caused by dense fog from the client's plant
  • a medical device manufacturer in class action litigation claiming that the materials used in making syringes was toxic to bovine embryos; the case was settled favorably to our client
  • a chemical company in defense against litigation claiming extensive crop failure was due to a soil fumigant manufactured by our client; summary judgment was affirmed based on the Economic Loss Doctrine
  • owners and operators of nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel processing plants in defense against personal injury and property damage litigation involving alleged radiation exposure
  • an information technology company in ongoing litigation by workers claiming a variety of adverse reactions to hazardous substances in the workplace.