All businesses are subject to state and federal environmental regulations. Designed to protect the greater good, environmental laws can sometimes be unfairly enforced or subject to public pressure from watchdog groups. Our lawyers can help companies and individuals operate fairly within these laws to avoid criminal and civil penalties, liability for health claims and cleanup costs and general public image problems.
Our Toxic Torts practice group handles claims related to pollution or exposure to chemical substances such as pesticides, lead, cleaners, asbestos and industrial chemicals. Our lawyers are experienced in protecting clients from the claims of those who seek to enrich themselves through allegations of toxic exposure and have successfully challenged the validity of many such claims. In cases where people are legitimately exposed to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, consumer products, the environment, or other occupational hazards, our attorneys help clients devise the best strategies for dealing with unfortunate situations.
On October 28, 2016, Judge Robert Dierker issued an order in the case of Bristol v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1522-CC10413, denying Ford’s Motion to Dismiss Based upon Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Ford argued that there was no personal jurisdiction in t [...]
The new trend among smokers, those trying to quit, and even non-smokers, are electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. These e-cigarettes are marketed as a same alternative to cigarettes, but are they really safe? If they are not safe, will diseases caused [...]
Over the last few years, asbestos defense attorneys have slowly begun to introduce a defense to the causation of mesothelioma related to a specific genetic mutation. In a recent study, scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene [...]
On November 4, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court filed the attached opinion in the matter of Folta v. Ferro Engineering, 2015 L 118070. In a 4-2 decision, the Court held that when the employee’s injury or disease first manifests after the expiration of c [...]
On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014). The background of this case is as follows: Daimler is a German corporation which was sued in California by Argentinian plaintiffs for hum [...]
In the recent case of In re Plavix Related Cases, 2014 WL 3928240 (2014), the Court narrowed the scope of personal jurisdiction in Illinois for out-of-state residents attempting to file a claim in Illinois courts. Specifically, In re Plavix Related Cases [...]
Beginning on January 1, 2014, the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act applies to mesothelioma and other toxic exposure. On July 11, 2013, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 1, which amended the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act, modifying [...]
The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued an opinion concerning the doctrine of interstate forum non conveniens, which allows a court to decline jurisdiction of a case, even though it may have proper jurisdiction over the subject matter and the parties, [...]
PS Partners: Jerry Simon and Derek Ruzicka
PS Associate: Robert Stephens
We represented: St. Joe Company
Venue: St. Louis City Circuit Court
Plaintiffs Jerry & Cheryl Cozart filed a personal injury and product liability ca [...]