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Environmental Threats

Hausfeld represents communities, families, and workers, both in the U.S. and abroad, who have been exposed to hazardous chemicals in neighborhoods, workplaces, or in food and water supplies. These toxic exposures can result from silent underground leaking or from catastrophic events such as a refinery explosion. In either case, the health of community members is often at risk. Additionally, these environmental hazards can result in economic harm such as diminution of property values, remediation costs, or nuisance damages. Hausfeld lawyers have also achieved notable success in similar cases involving health, scientific, and medical monitoring issues representing clients injured by unsafe drugs and faulty medical devices. These cases are often called "mass torts" due to the large numbers of people injured by similar products. For more information, please visit here

Litigating the environmental problems of today requires expertise in complex scientific issues and medical causation. Hausfeld lawyers have worked closely with leading independent scientists including environmental health physicians, toxicologists, and epidemiologists in preparing and trying environmental health threat cases. Our highly skilled attorneys have prevailed in matters involving lead poisoning, chemical poisoning, contamination form genetically modified crops, and air and groundwater pollution.

Currently, Hausfeld’s environmental law matters include Clean Air Council v. USA et al., No. 17-4977 (E.D. Pa.), pro bono litigation on behalf of Philadelphia’s oldest environmental non-profit, Clean Air Council, and two Pennsylvania children, against the federal government to prevent it from rolling back critical climate change protections based on junk science. The case focuses on the federal government’s knowledge (dating back over fifty years) that climate change presents a clear and present danger to life, and represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet. Hausfeld also represents the Suffolk County Water Authority in two water contamination cases, Suffolk County Water Authority v. The Dow Chemical Company et al., 17-6980 (E.D.N.Y.) and Suffolk County Water Authority v. The 3M Company et al., 17-6982 (E.D.N.Y.). Filed against the manufacturers of toxic chemicals that have polluted the Authority’s public supply wells, both complaints allege that the defendants, who knew or should have known of the environmental risks of their defectively-designed products, must bear responsibility for the costs of treating the contaminated water and protecting the public from harm. These cases are currently ongoing. 

Hausfeld's successes have also led to our work on behalf of foreign plaintiffs in public health litigation, including international environmental litigation including chemical contamination in Bhopal, silicosis claims in South Africa, and property contamination claims in Barbados.

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