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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.

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PRACTICING ATTORNEYS

  • Chris Lang, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Christopher Lang

    Principal
    lang@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1334
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Todd Applegate, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Todd Applegate

    Managing Principal
    applegate@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1301
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Derek Ruzicka, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Derek Ruzicka

    Principal
    ruzicka@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1382
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Jerry Simon, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Jerry Simon

    Principal
    simon@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1356
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Bill Thomas – Civil Defense Attorney, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Bill Thomas

    Principal
    thomas@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1360
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Peter Dunne, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Peter Dunne

    Principal
    dunne@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1318
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Phillip Bryant, Manging Partner at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Phillip Bryant

    Principal
    bryant@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1310
    Fax: 314.421.3144
  • Nathaniel French, Associat with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Nathaniel French

    Associate
    french@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314-335-1311
    Fax: 314-421-3144
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    Justin Moore

    Associate
    moore@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314-335-1390
    Fax: 314-421-3144
  • Brian Connolly, Associate at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

    Brian Connolly

    Associate
    connolly@pspclaw.com
    Tel: 314.335.1331
    Fax: 314.421.3144

INSIGHTS

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Recent Personal Jurisdiction Decision in St. Louis City, Missouri Limits the Use of a Registered Agent to Establish Personal Jurisdiction

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 [...]

Will Cancers From “Vaping” Be the Next Toxic Tort?

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 [...]

Genetic Mutation Defense in Asbestos Cases

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 [...]

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds the Exclusive Remedy Provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act in Asbestos Related Diseases

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 [...]

Personal Jurisdiction Considerations in Missouri & Illinois after Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014)

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 [...]

Illinois Amends Construction Statute of Repose To Exclude Asbestos Claims, But Amendment Not Retroactive In Certain Cases

Amendment Excludes Asbestos Claims In December, 2014, former Governor Pat Quinn signed Public Act 98-1131, § 5, into law, adding Subsection (f) to Illinois’ Construction Statute of Repose (735 ILCS 5/13-214) to exclude claims based on personal injur [...]

Updates To Illinois Personal Jurisdiction Law After In re Plavix Related Cases and its Applicability to Illinois Asbestos Cases

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 [...]

New Amendments to the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act Impact Asbestos Litigation

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 [...]

Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Forum Non Conveniens in Asbestos Case

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, [...]

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Jerry Simon, Derek Ruzicka and Robert Stephens Obtain Dismissal Without Prejudice in Asbestos Personal Injury Claim

PS Partners: Jerry Simon and Derek Ruzicka PS Associate:  Robert Stephens We represented: St. Joe Company  Venue: St. Louis City Circuit Court Facts: Plaintiffs Jerry & Cheryl Cozart filed a personal injury and product liability ca [...]

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