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- Chambers USA 2016

Toxic Torts

Latham & Watkins’ Toxic Torts lawyers bring a valuable combination of environmental expertise and complex litigation capabilities to multi-plaintiff toxic tort suits.

The firm’s litigators have in-depth knowledge of epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment, hydrogeology, air dispersion modeling and other disciplines bearing on the key issues present in many toxic tort cases, which Latham has married with the firm's expertise in trying complex business cases.

Members of the Toxic Torts Practice have represented clients in mass tort and class action litigation involving a broad spectrum of substances and chemicals. The practice has handled environmental cases involving US state and federal enforcement actions under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and other statutes, and private party cost recovery actions. The firm also has an active practice defending multi-plaintiff toxic tort suits.

Latham’s lawyers write extensively on medical causation issues and work regularly with the most prestigious medical and scientific experts in the field, as well as have solid working relationships with the most respected medical experts and leaders in virtually every medical specialty. Latham also regularly deals with other cutting-edge products liability issues including biomedical engineering, product design, risk assessment, advertising, marketing, consumer behavior, communications and product recalls and warning. The firm’s lawyers are expert in dealing with medical causation issues and have enjoyed repeated success in challenging "junk science" expert testimony regarding alleged exposure to or defects in a defendant's products.

The Toxic Torts Practice also includes legal experts in all elements of risk assessment. In addition to expertise on toxicity, Latham’s lawyers understand exposure analysis, including aerial dispersion and groundwater and surface water flow modeling, behavior patterns impacting the "dose" received, and the "fate" of hazardous substances in the environment. As a result, the firm’s lawyers work successfully with retained experts and effectively cross-examine opposing experts.

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