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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 LitigationIn 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 LitigationIn 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 counsel 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.

Tätigkeitsbereiche

  • Bongani Nkala and 69 others v. Harmony Gold Mining Co., Ltd., et al – Rich was lead counsel in this groundbreaking case, which concluded in a massive settlement in South Africa to recover compensation for tens of thousands of South African goldminers who suffered occupational lung disease. The settlement is on behalf of a class of goldminers going back 50 plus years to 1965 against the entire goldmining industry in South Africa.
  • Communication to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Sacchi et al. v. Argentina et al – Rich is co-counsel in this groundbreaking Petition to the UN involving climate change as a violation of children’s rights.
  • SCWA v. Dow and SCWA v. 3M CompanyRich presently serves as co-lead counsel in two environmental cases on behalf of the largest public water board in the country against 3M Company and Dow for contamination of the local public drinking water supply.
  • Rich has litigated both individual and class childhood lead poisoning cases and is also handling environmental and workplace safety cases in India, and South Africa.
  • In the U.S., Rich has been appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in mass tort and product liability class action cases including:
    •  In re StarLink Corn Productsasserting claims by farmers for genetic modification contamination of the U.S. corn supply
    • In re PPA – Asserting claims by users of unsafe over-the-counter medicines

Was andere über ihn sagen

  • Lawdragon named Rich as one of its “Top Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” (2019)
  • Rich has been nominated for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award for Access to Justice, based on his work in the Silicosis litigation in South Africa.

Ausbildung

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1986

University of Michigan, M.P.H., 1981

Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1976

Anwaltszulassung

District of Columbia

Zugehörigkeiten & Mitgliedschaften

National Finalist for 2010 Lawdragon 500, an annual guide to the "500 Leading Lawyers in America"

Law clerk, post law school, for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Comments Editor

News & Presse

Mr. Lewis commented in USA Today, "Hearing on consolidation of NCAA concussion lawsuits." December 2013.

“Manassas Park Woman Sues Drug Company Over Breast Cancer.” The Washington Post quotes Richard Lewis regarding a suit against Pfizer. January 3, 2010.

Mr. Lewis interviewed in Fox News story on Prempro cancer case. November 26, 2009.

First Chinese drywall class actions filed in Virginia and North Carolina. May 21, 2009.

Comment, “O.C.A.W. v. American Cyanamid: The Shrinking of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (July 1985)

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