This work introduces the study of toxic torts and identifies the theories of liability related to both toxic products and environmental pollution. It also covers special defendants, such as employers, governmental entities, and government contractors; workers' compensation; insurance coverage issues; key defenses such as statutes of limitations and preemption; causation and scientific evidence; and new theories of injury and damages. A chapter examines regulation of hazardous releases into the environment under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The work also addresses mass toxic torts and examines emerging actions related to nanotechnology and hydraulic fracturing.
Trying a toxic tort case is very different from other high-stakes litigation. This practice-focused guide explores the specific and often unique elements that distinguish this type of litigation, including the differing theories of liability and damages and the key procedural and substantive defenses to toxic tort claims. Other topics include scientific and medical evidence and causation, case strategy, trial management, settlement considerations, and causation standards that apply in four regions of the country, reviewing the standards that apply in every state.