Toxic torts/asbestos

Our lawyers have decades of experience defending the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of chemical products against toxic tort personal injury, property damage and fear of disease cases in state and federal courts across the country. We have represented petroleum refiners, petrochemical manufacturers, automotive supply companies, aerospace coatings plants, paint and coatings producers in claims alleging the development of blood and bone marrow diseases from occupational and hobbyist exposures to benzene and trace benzene-containing solvents as well as damage to internal organs from chlorinated solvents and plastics. We have advocated on behalf of suppliers and property owners against well-known asbestos attorneys in mesothelioma and asbestosis. We have a deep understanding of the regulatory history and context in which chemical companies develop, label and bring their products to market and appreciate the state of the art progression of the awareness of the toxic hazards of chronic chemical exposures above certain cumulative lifetime exposure limits. We have relationships with notable experts in the fields of industrial hygiene/dose assessment, oncology, hematology, pulmonology, toxicology, epidemiology, chemistry and infectious disease who are key to defending these cases, and we have deposed and cross-examined plaintiffs’ corresponding experts in these disciplines. We understand the impact the pertinent Hazard Communication Standards, California Air Resources Board and Air Quality Management District regulations have on your product and can help inform your defenses.

We approach these cases with an understanding that you face a cost-benefit balance between quick settlement and a more vigorous defense of your company, to and including trial. We work on these cases fully aware of these interests, keeping you informed and fully involved in each step of the decision process.