Shook, Hardy & Bacon's success in the toxic tort arena stems from decades of trial experience combined with an in-depth knowledge of the scientific issues surrounding contaminant fate and transport in air, soil and groundwater. As plaintiff claims have become increasingly creative and aggressive, the SHB Toxic Tort Practice has kept pace with the exponential rise in the magnitude and complexity of these cases. SHB attorneys look beyond immediate regulatory issues to assist clients with the toxic tort implications of a particular site, developing risk-based cleanup standards and addressing contamination allegations. This practice has defended class actions and individual cases based on a panoply of common law theories, including negligence, fraud, failure to warn, negligent misrepresentation, trespass, private and public nuisance, and damage claims such as “fear of cancer” and medical monitoring. With access to the firm's veteran litigators and their wide range of legal expertise, SHB toxic tort lawyers excel at delivering comprehensive solutions that satisfy diverse business interests.
The SHB Toxic Tort Practice regularly represents clients in matters concerning sudden accidents, such as fires, train derailments and pipeline ruptures, as well as long-term chemical exposures in both workplace and residential settings. SHB attorneys have handled cases involving Superfund and National Priority List (NPL) sites; challenges to governmental actions under the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and safe drinking water standards; mass torts arising from catastrophic events and the transportation of hazardous materials; and CERLCA contribution litigation and arbitration. In addition, SHB has managed or resolved compliance issues involving potential contaminants, such as: volatile organic compounds (e.g., benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, and xyelene), including chlorinated solvents (e.g., PCE, TCE, 1,1,1-TCA) and their daughter products, such as vinyl chloride; semi-volatile compounds (e.g., PAHs); pesticides and herbicides; PCBs;dioxins; metals (e.g., arsenic, chromium, lead, and mercury); cyanide; sodium hypochlorite; chlorine gas; perchlorate and rocket fuel propellants; and gasoline additives, such as MTBE.
The SHB toxic tort team also works closely with the employment litigation and public policy practices to develop and implement sophisticated defense strategies, civil justice reforms and liability prevention measures. Together with the full-service environmental law section, the SHB Toxic Tort Practice provides consistent results across the entire spectrum of client needs.
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Mark D. Anstoetter 816-559-2497
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