Environmental Tort Law

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of proposing new limits on a family of chemicals linked to cancer. Advocates have called for strict rules on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water and soil for years, and some have called the EPA’s lengthy review process an attempt to delay action further. Here & Now’s […]

On Wednesday (November 1, 2017), the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martin, announced that New Jersey will become the first state to set formal Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for perfluorooctoanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), thereby improving drinking water quality and protecting the health and wellbeing of New Jersey […]

Many years ago I had a client who woke up to find out his well water was contaminated by gasoline. He lived only two blocks from a gas station, which was the obvious source. He was certain that his government—federal state or local— would come to his rescue. So he went to his township, only […]

Linda Gillick’s son, Michael, was diagnosed with cancer at only 3 months old. Linda believes Michael’s cancer, along with a cluster of cases in Toms River were all associated with a chemical found in the treated water of a Superfund site in the area. A recent study found that one chemical in the water did […]

A consortium of 55 independent pharmacies has filed a lawsuit alleging illegal conduct by Catamaran Corporation, one of the nation’s biggest managers of prescription-drug benefits for insurance plans.   Pharmacies hailing primarily from Pennsylvania filed suit this week in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania(1) against pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) Catamaran […]

The Pulitzer prize winning book telling the story of the Toms River clients and the industrial pollution that changed their lives forever is now in paperback. Written by Dan Fagin, a professor at New York University, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” the book has been named among the “Best Books of the […]

I have been deeply moved by my meetings with the people of Flint. The failure of government to protect its people was as devastating as the grit, determination and spirit of those people was inspiring. I have come away more determined than ever to hold all the wrong doers accountable for the harm that they […]

In my visit to Flint we were struck by the epidemic of skin disease which has spread throughout Flint. It seems that almost every family has at least one person who has experienced skin rashes since the water crisis hit. Now there is good news. A study is being conducted to investigate the nature and […]

Michigan’s Flint Water Advisory Task Force has issued a stunning report sharply critical of the state in its entire conduct of the Flint situation. The task force concluded that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) “bears primary responsibility for the water contamination in Flint.” The task force concluded that: MDEQ caused this crisis to […]

The parties in Thomas, et al. v. Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, et al., announce that the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey has preliminarily approved a class action settlement. The hearing on final approval of the settlement is scheduled for June 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the United States […]

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