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TOXIC TORT LITIGATION

Toxic tort, mass tort, contamination, latent disease and environmental claims are among the costliest for companies and insurers to litigate due to the required elements of proof. They often involve multiple defendants, diverse theories of recovery and emerging science and arise following occupational exposure or exposure in the home, or from consumer products or pharmaceuticals.

Litchfield Cavo attorneys have successfully litigated thousands of direct defense matters involving complex toxic torts across the United States. Our toxic tort attorneys devise creative defense theories and produce notable results for our clients. In each case, our trial attorneys consider every possible defense and collaborate with our clients to achieve their targeted goals.

Litchfield Cavo LLP is nationally ranked Tier 1 in U.S. News – Best Lawyers®Best Law Firms” for Mass Tort Litigation | Class Actions Defendants as the result of our attorneys’ experience litigating toxic tort claims for client across the United States, including the following occupational fields:

  • Architects
  • Construction managers
  • Contractors
  • Designers
  • Distributors
  • Employers
  • Engineers
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Installers
  • Manufacturers
  • Owners
  • Property managers
  • Subcontractors
  • Trades workers

Our Toxic Tort Representative Claims Experience

Our nationally recognized toxic tort attorneys defend personal injury, chronic illness and property damage lawsuits nationwide including claims related to:

  • Airborne contamination
  • Aluminum metal exposure
  • Aromatic-hydrocarbons
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene exposure
  • Berylliosis
  • Blood transfusions and HIV
  • Breast implants
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Chemical exposure
  • Chromium exposure
  • Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act
  • Cobalt
  • Diacetyl – popcorn lung
  • Electromagnetic radiation exposure
  • Formaldehyde
  • Insecticide poisoning
  • Latex gloves
  • Lead exposure
  • Magnesium metal exposure
  • Medical device implants
  • Mixed dust and molds
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Paint and wood sealants
  • Paint sensitivity
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Propane claim litigation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Superfund (CERCLA) contamination
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping aerosol
  • Welding exposure

Our Toxic Tort Defense Record

  • Prevailed in multidistrict litigation (MDL) and Court of Appeals on summary judgment for our client based upon Sophisticated User Doctrine and bulk supplier defense in medical device litigation.
  • Successful defense of a ceramics manufacturer client against claim that exposure to manganese used in glazes causes Parkinson’s disease.
  • Defense of a large manufacturer client in a wood sealant exposure case in which plaintiff sought a multimillion-dollar recovery. Our attorneys obtained a directed verdict on some of the counts lodged against the manufacturer and a jury verdict in favor of the manufacturer on the remaining counts.
  • Prevailed on appeal of a trial court’s dismissal of a complaint brought by a commercial tenant against Litchfield Cavo’s clients, a real estate investment firm and hospitality management company for personal injuries and damages arising from the plaintiff’s purported exposure to mold. The trial court held, and the appeals court affirmed, the evidence demonstrated that the underlying basis for the plaintiff’s expert opinions did not meet the reliability requirements established by Daubert and Lanigan.
  • Our attorneys’ records of success includes dismissals on behalf of asbestos clients across the country and have successfully tried numerous cases to verdict before juries in multiple states with favorable outcomes.

Our attorneys nationwide provide top-tier service for successful outcomes of clients’ toxic tort claims.

Richard C. Cavo
Partner (Retired)
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2700
Cole G. Dunnick
Cole G. Dunnick
Local Office Managing Partner
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6583
J. Philip Fraley
J. Philip Fraley
Local Office Managing Partner - Barboursville
WV – Barboursville
T: 304.302.0500
Rachel E. Lutz
Rachel E. Lutz
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8217
Matthew T. McLain
Matthew T. McLain
Local Office Managing Partner
TX – Dallas-Fort Worth
T: 817.945.8038
Jamie O. Norman
Jamie O. Norman
Local Office Managing Partner
CA – Los Angeles area
T: 626.683.5092
Devine C. Nwabuzor
Devine C. Nwabuzor
Associate
MA – Boston area
T: 781.309.1528
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6677
Kyle A. Peterson
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8254
Amy K. Pohl
Amy K. Pohl
Counsel
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8269
Peter J. Ponziani
Peter J. Ponziani
Partner
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2710
James W. Sexton
James W. Sexton
Local Office Managing Partner
MA – Boston area
T: 781.309.1513
Jeanne W. Sopher
Jeanne W. Sopher
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8270
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Associate
NY – New York
T: 212.792.9763
Samantha D. Tonn
Samantha D. Tonn
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6694
Kevin J. Webb
Kevin J. Webb
Local Office Managing Partner
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8701