The attorneys in Epstein Becker Green's Litigation & Business Disputes practice have extensive experience with toxic tort litigation—including mass tort cases—involving asbestos- and silica-related claims, benzene exposure cases, and other personal injury claims.
An Industry-Specific Strategy
Your industry. Your company. Your goals. Each company affected by toxic tort or product liability issues faces unique challenges based on its business and its place within its industry. Every toxic tort and product liability matter presents its own challenges. How a company responds to these challenges is a function of its business model and the nature of its industry.
The members of Epstein Becker Green's Toxic Tort and Product Liability team are keenly aware of your company's specific goals, business needs, economics, and the impact of potential liability as well as managing risk. The depth of our attorneys' experience and resourcefulness is reflected by the diversity of their respective backgrounds.
With a dynamic toxic tort and product liability practice, Epstein Becker Green stands apart from other law firms in several important ways:
Many of the most important decisions to minimize risk and exposure may often be made before the company is a target of litigation or regulatory action. Epstein Becker Green partners with the company to (i) collect institutional knowledge, (ii) validate the company's data retention and preservation procedures, (iii) track related developments and trends, (iv) develop the company's defense, and (v) tailor the company's ultimate approach to the litigation or regulatory action.
Epstein Becker Green's lawyers have extensive experience litigating cases that require a thorough knowledge of the product at issue and the industries where those products are used. Epstein Becker Green's lawyers have a great depth of experience litigating cases that require a thorough knowledge of epidemiology, toxicology, hydrogeology, and other scientific disciplines. In deposition and at trial, our toxic tort and product liability lawyers demonstrate a firm grasp of the chemical, engineering, scientific, and medical issues critical to the defense of the case. We use Daubert and Frye hearings to attack admissibility of adversary experts' opinions to preclude use or limit their effectiveness in court.
The Regulatory Framework
Toxic tort and product liability litigation can be like a three-dimensional chess game—the battle fought, not only in the courtroom, but in regulatory and public relations arenas as well. Because toxic tort and product liability claims often arise in the context of an existing federal or state regulatory scheme, Epstein Becker Green's toxic tort and product liability litigators are well-grounded in federal and state regulatory schemes that may provide a backdrop to the underlying litigation. Whether the client's needs require negotiating with state and federal regulatory agencies or litigious private actors, Epstein Becker Green can take charge of all aspects of a potential environmental crisis.
Early Case Evaluation
In every matter we are assigned, Epstein Becker Green will provide you with an assessment of the company's potential liability exposure as early in the process as practicable, typically within 60 days. The early case evaluation process—whether pre-litigation or after commencement—provides the company with the critical information concerning the strengths and potential weaknesses of its position. This then allows the company to make an informed decision as to its strategic direction in litigation or resolution. Where appropriate, the early case evaluation also facilitates an early mediation or alternate dispute resolution process.
Epstein Becker Green aggressively defends its clients in toxic tort and product liability litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Our toxic tort and product liability lawyers are seasoned trial lawyers who bring a combination of extensive preparation and creativity to the courtroom. We strive to prevail by summary judgment where possible, but our attorneys are experienced trial attorneys who have no qualms about trying cases to verdict.
Anticipating and planning for future litigation challenges is critical to ensure the continued profitable operation of our client's business. Our attorneys stay abreast of developing initiatives and new areas of liability and regularly counsel clients to help plan for future litigation and regulatory action.
The Industries We Serve
Our understanding of the business environment of the industries where Epstein Becker Green has practiced drives a streamlined and more effective litigation strategy. These industries include those that design the product, manufacture the product, distribute the product and apply/install the product.
Our clients come from a variety of industries and manufacturing sectors, including the following:
- Consumer and recreational products
- Food, food products and additives
- Hazardous waste management
- Medical devices and convergence technologies
- Oil and gas
- Ore and mineral mining
- Pharmaceuticals, biologics and dietary supplements
- Pulp and paper
Epstein Becker Green has represented clients in these industry sectors in matters involving government investigations, corporate compliance, regulatory requirements, and multi-party and multi-district litigation, including mass torts and state and federal class actions.