Richard S. Lewis
Richard Lewis has been appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in mass tort and product liability class action cases including In re StarLink Corn Products (N.D. Ill) (asserting claims by farmers for genetic modification contamination of the U.S. corn supply) and In re PPA (asserting claims by users of unsafe over-the-counter medicines). He has also been appointed to the MDL Steering Committee in In re Prempro Products Liability Litigation, In re NFL Players' Concussion Injury Litigation, In re Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, and in In re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation. Rich was a member of the Chinese Drywall trial team that obtained a comprehensive remediation and property damages verdict for seven Virginia homeowners. Furthermore, Rich handled various experts in the Daubert briefing and argument; and was successful in excluding significant portions of the defense experts’ opinions.
In addition, Rich served or presently serves as lead counsel or class counsel in numerous actions to obtain medical monitoring and property damage relief for communities exposed to toxic chemicals, unsafe working conditions, or unsafe drugs. These include the In re NFL Concussion Injury Litigation, In re NCAA Concussion Litigation, and In re Diet Drug Litigation (Fen-Phen), which resulted in a $4 billion settlement providing medical monitoring in addition to individual personal injury awards. In addition, these include Farnum v. Shell, an oil spill pollution case in Barbados against international oil companies, that resulted in a settlement providing property damage compensation for 26 farmers and landowners, and Harman v. Lipari, a Superfund case that resulted in a settlement providing medical monitoring for thousands of residents who lived on or played near a landfill. He has litigated both individual and class childhood lead poisoning cases and is also handling environmental and workplace safety cases in India, and South Africa.
Rich also practices in the environmental health area and presently assists South African counel in representing a certified class of South African gold miners bringing claims for lung disease against the South African mining industry, as well as residents in Los Angeles and St. Louis bringing claims for methane gas pollution and radiation contamination, respectively.