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TOXIC TORT

Toxic tort, mass tort, contamination, latent disease and environmental claims are among the costliest for companies and insurers to litigate. They often involve multiple defendants, diverse theories of recovery and emerging science.

Litchfield Cavo attorneys successfully litigated thousands of direct defense matters involving complex toxic torts across the United States. Our toxic tort attorneys devise creative defense theories and produce notable results for our clients. In each case, our trial attorneys consider every possible defense and collaborate with our clients to achieve their targeted goals.

Our litigators across the United States defend clients such as

  • Architects
  • Construction managers
  • Contractors
  • Designers
  • Distributors
  • Employers
  • Engineers
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Installers
  • Manufacturers
  • Owners
  • Property managers
  • Subcontractors
  • Trades workers

Our Toxic Tort Representative Claims Experience

Our experienced toxic tort attorneys defend personal injury, chronic illness and property damage lawsuits nationwide including those related to

  • Airborne contamination
  • Aluminum metal exposure
  • Aromatic-hydrocarbons
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene exposure
  • Berylliosis
  • Blood transfusions and HIV
  • Breast implants
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Chemical exposure
  • Chromium exposure
  • Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act
  • Cobalt
  • Diacetyl – popcorn lung
  • Electromagnetic radiation exposure
  • Formaldehyde
  • Insecticide poisoning
  • Latex gloves
  • Lead exposure
  • Magnesium metal exposure
  • Medical device implants
  • Mixed dust and molds
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Paint and wood sealants
  • Paint sensitivity
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Propane claim litigation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Superfund (CERCLA) contamination
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping aerosol
  • Welding exposure

Our Toxic Tort Defense Record

Litchfield Cavo attorneys’ vast resources and experience produce favorable outcomes for clients’ representative matters including

  • Prevailed in multidistrict litigation (MDL) and Court of Appeals on summary judgment for our client based upon Sophisticated User Doctrine and bulk supplier defense in medical device litigation.
  • Successful defense of a ceramics manufacturer client against claim that exposure to manganese used in glazes causes Parkinson’s disease.
  • Defense of a large manufacturer client in a wood sealant exposure case in which plaintiff sought a multimillion-dollar recovery. Our attorneys obtained a directed verdict on some of the counts lodged against the manufacturer and a jury verdict in favor of the manufacturer on the remaining counts.
  • Prevailed on appeal of a trial court’s dismissal of a complaint brought by a commercial tenant against Litchfield Cavo’s clients, a real estate investment firm and hospitality management company for personal injuries and damages arising from the plaintiff’s purported exposure to mold. The trial court held, and the appeals court affirmed, the evidence demonstrated that the underlying basis for the plaintiff’s expert opinions did not meet the reliability requirements established by Daubert and Lanigan.
  • Our attorneys’ records of success includes dismissals on behalf of asbestos clients across the country and have successfully tried numerous cases to verdict before juries in multiple states with favorable outcomes.

Our attorneys nationwide provide top-tier service for successful outcomes of clients’ toxic tort claims.

Hilary C. Bonenberger
Hilary C. Bonenberger
Partner
PA – Philadelphia | PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 215.999.5779
Josh M. Brick
Josh M. Brick
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8266
Colby S. Bryson
Colby S. Bryson
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8254
Amanda T. Camplesi
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8278
Richard C. Cavo
Partner (Retired)
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2700
Leo Gerard Daly
Leo Gerard Daly
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8250
Cole G. Dunnick
Cole G. Dunnick
Local Office Managing Partner
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6583
Steven D. Evans
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8253
J. Philip Fraley
J. Philip Fraley
Local Office Managing Partner - Barboursville
WV – Barboursville
T: 304.302.0500
Inessa S. Holly
Inessa S. Holly
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6621
Vincent P. Lamperski
Vincent P. Lamperski
Associate
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8267
Ryan L. Leonard
Ryan L. Leonard
Counsel
PA – Philadelphia | NJ – Cherry Hill
T: 215.999.5772
Phillip G. Litchfield
Phillip G. Litchfield
Associate
IL – Chicago | IN – Highland
T: 312.781.6584
Jamie O. Norman
Jamie O. Norman
Partner
CA – Los Angeles area
T: 626.683.5092
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Elangie Lozada Patterson
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6677
Peter J. Ponziani
Peter J. Ponziani
Partner
CT – Hartford area
T: 860.413.2710
James W. Sexton
James W. Sexton
Local Office Managing Partner
MA – Boston area
T: 781.309.1513
Edward A. Smallwood
Edward A. Smallwood
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8243
Kelly L. Smith
Kelly L. Smith
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh
T: 412.291.8265
Jeanne W. Sopher
Jeanne W. Sopher
Partner
PA – Pittsburgh | WV – Barboursville
T: 412.291.8270
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Patrick T. Steinbauer
Associate
NY – New York
T: 212.792.9763
Samantha D. Tonn
Samantha D. Tonn
Associate
IL – Chicago
T: 312.781.6694
Kevin J. Webb
Kevin J. Webb
Partner
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8701
Brett F. Willie
Brett F. Willie
Counsel
LA – New Orleans area
T: 985.869.8703