Overview

Chemicals and plastics exist and intersect in virtually every conceivable way in our daily lives. Chemicals are essential to agriculture, manufacturing, food services, energy services, construction, and just about every other industry. Likewise, plastics have become an integral part of the design and manufacture of products ranging from filtration devices, heavy equipment components, electronics, to everyday household consumer products.

The use and omnipresence of chemicals and plastics in our modern world are possible only because of sophisticated science and thorough research and development. Chemical products are heavily regulated by over a dozen federal laws. But plaintiffs who allege personal injury or property damage from exposure to or use of a chemical or plastic product often rest their causation theories on a less-than-scientific foundation.

Understanding the science behind chemicals and products is critical to an effective evaluation and defense of such allegations. Our lawyers collectively have centuries of experience proving an injury could not have occurred from an alleged exposure to a chemical. Similarly, we have successfully defended time and time again claims of design and/or manufacturing defect involving products made wholly or in part from plastics. 

Product Liability Blog

The Rule of Requirement: Supreme Court Adopts New Standard for Manufacturer’s Duty to Warn in Maritime Law

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al. v. Devries, 139 S. Ct. 986 (2019), a maritime tort law case in which plaintiffs alleged that asbestos exposure during their Navy service caused them to develop cancer. The Supreme Court held that, in the maritime context, a manufacturer has... Continue Reading

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