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Mayer Brown announced today the launch of a new practical guide, “Responding to a Mass Environmental Tort Litigation: A How-To,” which outlines the steps to manage environmental tort claims through a hypothetical environmental incident, beginning with the initial emergency response and related investigations and ending with the resolution of ensuing litigation. Authored by lawyers in Mayer Brown’s Environmental practice who have a lengthy and successful track record handling and resolving large and complex environmental tort claims, this guide will serve as a valuable resource for in-house counsel, executives and other stakeholders who face environmental challenges.

“With changing environmental policy under the current administration and an increase in climate-change-related tort claims in the United States and around the world, it is more important now than ever for businesses to prepare themselves to handle potential litigation,” said Mark Ter Molen, the co-chair of Mayer Brown’s global Environmental Litigation practice. “Our team designed this guide to walk companies through the critical steps of responding to a mass environmental tort litigation, from developing an initial emergency response to how to move forward once litigation has ended.”

Providing useful insights for real-life incidents, the book will include in-depth information regarding:

  • The initial emergency response; 
  • Litigation positioning and strategy;
  • Retaining experts on key issues; 
  • Handling criminal, civil and internal investigations; and 
  • A comprehensive response and strategy checklist.

Mayer Brown’s full-service, multi-disciplinary global Environmental practice represents Fortune 50 corporations and individuals alike. Lawyers in the practice represent clients in high-stakes matters such as emerging torts relating to greenhouse gas emissions, site-based mass tort claims, issues of first impression under the Clean Water Act, challenges to US Environmental Protection Agency regulations under the Clean Air Act, criminal environmental prosecutions, renewable energy projects including wind and solar facilities that involve complicated permitting and regulatory requirements, and complex environmental cleanup projects involving the application of cutting edge remediation technologies.

For more information, or to request a copy of the guide, please click here.