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Toxic Tort

Mayer Brown's Toxic Tort practice has worldwide geographic reach and an extensive range and depth of experience.


The practice includes over 30 lawyers with extensive mass litigation, appellate, and environmental experience, as well as lawyers who concentrate in insurance recovery, governmental relations, corporate disclosures, and bankruptcy issues within the toxic tort arena. In addition to including many of Mayer Brown's most accomplished trial and appellate litigators, our Toxic Tort practice draws heavily from our acclaimed Environmental Litigation group, a premier group in the nation and one of the largest such groups of any national law firm. As such, we have a wealth of experience to draw upon, the ability to staff cases on a national level, and the ability to provide "one-stop shopping" for clients who require legal assistance on the wide variety of issues that are typical of significant mass tort litigation.

We regularly serve as lead counsel for significant, precedent-setting cases, including consolidated mass trials involving thousands of alleged plaintiffs. Our experience encompasses claims associated with either products or facilities, including alleged toxic releases. We have been involved in the full array of toxic tort claims, including cases involving asbestos, silica, heavy metals, silicone implants, pharmaceuticals, and polybutylene plumbing. Similarly, we are handling a large number of personal and property claims associated with particular facilities, such as air and water emissions from industrial/chemical facilities; releases associated with manufactured gas plant waste products, landfills, and other facilities; rail yard by-products and residues; and airline disinsectant claims.

We are sophisticated and successful in keeping junk science out of the courtroom and in developing and presenting science-based defenses on behalf of our clients, including supervising the re-creation and testing of products and failure analyses. We are familiar with the nation's leading experts in the relevant fields, including toxicologists, epidemiologists, inhalation toxicologists, material scientists, neurologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, microbiologists, mechanical, biotech, chemical, metallurgical and environmental engineers, and industrial hygienists.

Toxic torts typically involve spin-off satellite issues: derivative and securities fraud claims, bankruptcy proceedings, and insurance recovery, in addition to potential defense of governmental actions. We offer "one-stop shopping" that builds a cohesive strategy across multi-disciplinary teams, avoids duplication of effort, and maximizes cost savings.
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