Blank Rome has represented Fortune 500 companies and other clients in the chemical and energy industries in many hundreds of complex, high-stakes toxic tort matters. Our lawyers have successfully represented numerous corporate and government clients in cases involving:
We defend and counsel clients regarding:
Defending these claims requires a coordinated application of scientific facts and opinions, environmental regulatory experience and the classic litigation proficiency of our seasoned litigators, including a former assistant director for the Torts Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice and several former DOJ trial attorneys. The hallmark of our work in radiation, and oil and gas NORM, groundwater contamination, and other toxic materials cases is the use of reliable and accurate scientific evidence. Our litigators have a thorough understanding of scientific concepts in the fields of hydrogeology, environmental fate and transport of radionuclides and chemicals, health physics, radiation bioeffects, epidemiology, petroleum geology, toxicology and geology – the disciplines upon which verdicts and decisions turn in our cases.
Successfully resolving these cases involves managing extensive discovery and fact-finding, addressing complex scientific evidence and organizing claims and issues through prudent motions and administrative law practice. Our lawyers are known for providing efficient, focused solutions to complex scientific problems that would otherwise consume extensive time and effort on the part of litigation counsel who are less familiar with the science of chemicals and radioactive materials.
By aggressively investigating, evaluating and reconstructing environmental and medical information, we marshal evidence needed to establish that the alleged injuries cannot be attributed to our clients’ operations. We critically examine and employ current scientific and medical information bearing on industry standards, dose reconstruction, and whether the claimed exposures could have caused plaintiffs’ claimed injuries. Our knowledge and experience in particular scientific areas, and our skill in addressing expert evidence has allowed us to prevail on claims by excluding or limiting unscientific evidence through Daubert proceedings. Working with the key experts who shape and lead national and international scientific advisory groups gives us a unique advantage in addressing the myriad scientific issues characteristic of toxic tort cases frequently brought against our energy industry clients.
Results from Select Engagements on Behalf of Defendants