The Toxic Tort practice group defends claims related to actual or alleged exposure to hazardous chemicals that may be present in air, water or soil. Some of these chemicals are found only in trace amounts, but may be present in many commonly used products. We defend manufacturers and distributors of these substances.
Asbestosis: claims for bodily injuries and death resulting from alleged exposure to asbestos.
Benzene: claims for illnesses resulting from alleged exposure to benzene.
Silicosis: claims for bodily injuries and death resulting from alleged exposure to silica dust.
Toluene: claims for illnesses resulting from alleged exposure to toluene.
Environmental: CERCLA (Superfund) and related property damage claims relating to alleged contamination of the soil, air and water by dry cleaning fluids, fuels and other contaminants.
Expedited Jury Trials: The Why, When and How of the New California LawEffective January 1, 2011, California has enacted statutes for Expedited Jury Trials (EJT). Sharon Hightower, assistant managing partner of Ericksen Arbuthnot's San Jose office, has prepared a seminar to explain this new statute to attorneys, clients and insurance carriers. She will explain what types of cases are best suited for EJT and how cases are selected for this alternative trial option. Her presentation includes the following topics:
For more information about EJT, see
"California Offers a New Trial Option."