Phillips Lytle has been a national leader in the defense of chemical exposure and toxic tort lawsuits since well before its role as lead counsel in the defense of the hundreds of personal injury actions with respect to Love Canal. From class actions to MDL proceedings to one-off cases, we marshal our knowledge of the complex legal and scientific issues at the heart of chemical exposure and other toxic tort cases to whittle down claims, make early dispositive motions, obtain summary judgment and voluntary dismissals, achieve favorable settlements, and win trials and appeals.
In addition to defending individual companies in lawsuits with hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs, Phillips Lytle has achieved significant economies for our clients through the joint representation of multiple defendants, where appropriate, often in the capacity of liaison counsel.
Our long history of successfully defending chemical exposure and other toxic tort cases is reflected in our longstanding client relationships. We have represented several major FORTUNE 500 chemical companies, including DuPont and Occidental Chemical Corporation, for decades. Our chemical and substance exposure experience is deep and varied, and includes claims regarding asbestos, silica, welding rods, lead pigment, benzidine-based dyes, benzene, ortho-toluidine, vinyl chloride, ethylene oxide, lead, pentachlorophenol, ethyl methyl glycol ether, beryllium, aniline, tobacco, solvents, phosgene, oleum, methyl isocyanate, chlorine, coal tar, and coke oven emissions. The alleged effects range from birth defects to cancer to death, as well as property damage and governmental cost recovery claims. Whether challenging procedural issues, exposure, causation or damages, we are thorough and tenacious in exploring successful avenues for early exits from litigation for our clients.