Chemical Exposure and Environmental Contamination
Jones Carr McGoldrick has served on steering committees and helped manage the coordinated national defense of high-stakes chemical exposure cases. Our attorneys have coupled an in-depth knowledge of scientific and technical disciplines with aggressive and skillful representation to yield a decades-long track record of success nationwide.
For over twenty years, our firm has assisted companies by managing their transactions, claims and lawsuits involving potential chemical exposure and environmental liabilities. We have successfully defended product and chemical manufacturers in hundreds of complex and sophisticated matters, including occupational and non-occupational chemical exposures and claimed catastrophic illness and death resulting therefrom, as well as environmental contamination allegedly causing bodily injury and property damage. Our practice spans both state and federal courts in over thirty states and U.S. territories. We have deposed hundreds of plaintiffs and thousands of fact witnesses, including co-workers and treating physicians. We have cross-examined hundreds of expert witnesses in various medical and scientific disciplines, positioning their opinions for exclusion. As a result, our clients benefit from extensive industry knowledge, as well as wide-ranging experience in litigation strategies promoting the efficient and favorable of these complex, technical and potentially-protracted claims.
Where science meets law
Our holistic approach incorporates a systematic and meticulous study of not only the product or chemical involved, including its developmental history, use, classification and testing, physical effects, and applicable regulations, but also all other risk factors for the particular injury alleged, ubiquitous exposures and any potential alternative exposures.
Our team has studied and mastered a multitude of chemicals and materials, including:
- Trichloroethylene (“TCE”)
- Perchloroethylene (“PCE”)
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”)
- Toluene and xylene
- Methylene chloride
- Solvent mixtures, such as mineral spirits, white spirits, and Stoddard Solvent
- Thinners and paint-related chemicals
- Crude oil, gasoline and other petroleum-derivatives
We have defended exposure-related illness and death claims involving:
- Organ cancers (e.g., kidney, liver, lung, pancreatic, brain)
- Metastatic cancers
- Blood cancers and diseases including leukemias, lymphomas, myelomas, aplastic anemia, and their many subtypes
- Neurological conditions (e.g., Parkinson’s Disease and neuropathy)
- Other chronic, indolent and acute injuries
Our attorneys are intimately familiar with medical and scientific disciplines relevant to these claims, such as epidemiology, toxicology, hematology, pathology, neurology, industrial hygiene and exposure monitoring/modeling, workplace safety and human factors analysis. We have also studied and have experience with matters involving hazardous waste operations, groundwater, surface water and soil contamination, air pollution, environmental site assessments, toxicology analyses, remediation and related regulations.
Our experience has led to the development of state-of-the-art causation and medical defenses. We are well-versed in disputing and negating claims of design and warning defect sounding in negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, gross negligence, and various other product liability-related causes action in jurisdictions nationwide. We are skilled at debunking “junk science” opinions offered by our opponents, as well as attacking and defending expert testimony under Daubert, Frye, Havner, and other standards of expert admissibility. As a result of our long history and experience, our attorneys have successfully excluded well-known plaintiffs’ experts in various scientific disciplines throughout the country. Our team is adept at handling complex, technical, scientific and industrial information through discovery, trial, and appeal. We prepare and effectively present complex information using our relationships with world-renowned experts whom we developed in this litigation, while also breaking these concepts down in clear, compelling and persuasive terms for judges and juries.