Environmental Litigation: Toxic Torts

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Toxic torts are product liability lawsuits brought against the manufacturer or supplier of any product that caused a toxic injury or illness. With thousands of toxic chemicals used in our homes and businesses, it is no wonder that toxic torts are growing in scope and number.

Toxic torts seek to prove negligence on the part of a manufacturer or supplier whose conduct caused a toxic injury or illness and to compensate victims for their losses.  Toxic torts are often class action lawsuits where people band together to prove that specific toxic chemicals in their air, water, or products caused them the following kinds of health problems: 

  • Lung disease
  • Brain tumors and other deadly cancers
  • Leukemia caused by benzene exposure
  • Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure
  • Liver disease caused by vinyl choride exposure
  • Respiratory and pulmonary fibrosis from inhaled toxins
  • Birth defects 

Toxic torts are difficult to win because they typically target large, wealthy corporations, like chemical and pharmaceutical companies who arrive in court with their battery of lawyers.  Also, since cancer and lung disease may not develop for years after the toxic exposure, it is difficult and costly to prove a cause-and-effect connection. 

New Jersey fights back

To protect its citizens from toxic contaminants and preserve the environment, New Jersey adopted many strict laws including the following: 

  • The New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act
  • New Jersey Brownsfield Laws
  • Idle-Free New Jersey to limit auto emissions while idling
  • Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA)
  • Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act
  • The Pinelands Protection Act
  • The New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act 

Why you need a qualified environmental lawyer in New Jersey

To fight toxic lawsuits in New Jersey, you need the help of a qualified New Jersey environmental lawyers who understands the fine points and exceptions of the many New Jersey environmental laws and legal precedent governing environmental and toxic contamination.

A recent class action lawsuit in South Jersey is a good example of a toxic tort.  15,000 residents of Salem County, NJ claimed that chemical giant DuPont contaminated their drinking water by releasing toxic ammonium perfluorooctanoate, as known as PFOA or C8, into their drinking water.  DuPont used PFOA to make non-stick cookware. 

The U.S. District Court of New Jersey ruled that the Salem residents could proceed with their class action.  They are represented by New Jersey Environmental Lawyer Stuart Lieberman of Lieberman & Blecher, P.C., in Princeton, NJ. 

Consult us about environmental laws in New Jersey

It is very difficult for individuals to fight against big businesses that made them sick by releasing contaminants into their environment.  The law firm of Lieberman & Blecher, P.C. focuses its practice on environmental law in New Jersey and has extensive experience fighting and winning toxic torts.  To protect your rights and discuss your claim, call us today at (732) 355-1311 or contact us online.

Lieberman & Blecher
10 Jefferson Plaza
Princeton, NJ 08540
(732) 355-1311

Toxic torts are product liability lawsuits brought against the manufacturer or supplier of any product that caused a toxic injury or illness. With thousands of toxic chemicals used in our homes and businesses, it is no wonder that toxic torts are growing in scope and number.

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