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Environmental and Toxic Tort

The Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee focuses on existing and emerging issues in the environmental, pollution and mass tort context.  This encompasses long tail claims (asbestos, pre-1986 pollution, lead paint) as well as claims submitted on currently issued policies (failure to properly remediate asbestos, groundwater monitoring, spill clean-up and chemical exposure).  The Committee generates articles and conducts webinars to educate all CLM members and fellows on these issues.  We also present a Mini-Conference annually in conjunction with Construction Defect.  Our monthly calls include a “Roundtable” section in which topics of interest to all subgroups in environmental claims are discussed and various viewpoints presented by counsel, industry members and environmental consultants.

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10/7/2019 Hello Environmental Committee:
 
Join us on our call tomorrow, October 8th for an engaging presentation by Betsy Kelly!
 
Betsy Kelly is a partner in the New York office of Hawkins Parnell & Young.  She regularly defends manufacturers, retailers, and insurers involved in environmental, product liability, premises liability, and other litigation.  Since joining HPY in 2017, she has served on the national counsel team of a consumer products and cosmetics company, responsible for national management of the company’s cosmetic talc litigation docket.
 
Betsy will be giving a cosmetic talc update that will cover the recent verdicts, Trials, Experts and defense strategies.

When: Tuesday, October 8th at 1pm EST.
Where: (267)930-4000 Code:179-086-545
9/26/2019 Hello Environmental Committee:
 
Join us on our October 8th conference call for an engaging presentation by Betsy Kelly!
 
Betsy Kelly is a partner in the New York office of Hawkins Parnell & Young.  She regularly defends manufacturers, retailers, and insurers involved in environmental, product liability, premises liability, and other litigation.  Since joining HPY in 2017, she has served on the national counsel team of a consumer products and cosmetics company, responsible for national management of the company’s cosmetic talc litigation docket.
 
Betsy will be giving a cosmetic talc update that will cover the recent verdicts, Trials, Experts and defense strategies.

When: Tuesday, October 8th at 1pm EST.
Where: (267)930-4000 Code:179-086-545
8/12/2019
Hello Environmental Committee:

This is a friendly reminder that your conference call is scheduled for tomorrow, August 13th at 1pm EST with guest speaker Hayley Kornachuk of Cetrulo LLP! 

Dial-in Number: 267 - 930 - 4000
Access Code: 179 - 086 - 545
7/8/2019 Hello Environmental Committee:
 
Join us on our August 13th conference call for an engaging presentation by Haley Kornachuk!
 
Hayley is an associate in the Toxic Tort Group of Certullo LLP. She practices primarily in the area of asbestos litigation, products liability and toxic tort litigation. Hayley represents clients in matters pending in the Massachusetts Superior Court and Supreme Court of the State of New York.  Hayley has experience in numerous aspects of litigation and trial preparation, including drafting written discovery, deposing fact witnesses, and drafting various motions including discovery motions and dispositive motions.
 
When: Tuesday, August 13th at 1pm EST.
Where: (267)930-4000 Code:179-086-545
 
Topic Overview:
The recent Missouri case Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson where a $4 Billion verdict was reached in favor of 22 women in a trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products, including baby powder were contaminated with asbestos that caused the Plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer. Ms. Kornachuk will discuss whether an award of this size can possibly survive a constitutional challenge on due process grounds. She will also discuss whether under Supreme Court jurisprudence, the Ingham punitive award and other more recent verdicts should be reduced based on the Supreme Court’s “guideposts” that rely heavily on a case-by-case, fact-based analysis to review punitive damages awards. 
6/11/2019
Hello Environmental Committee:

Today's conference call has been CANCELLED. Our next call will be held on Tuesday, August 13th. 

Thank you.