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Environmental & Toxic Torts

Tyson & Mendes has successfully represented companies across the United States in environmental, toxic tort, and products liability actions involving claims for personal injury and wrongful death.  Cases typically involve numerous claimants, although we have also defended single plaintiff, single defendant cases.  We have defended clients in various federal and state courts and administrative boards, including the EPA.

Our litigation experience includes CERCLA, CEQA, Clean Air Act, Proposition 65, asbestos related cases, federal and state safe drinking water laws, air quality issues, and construction contract issues.  We have successfully defended cases in which the chemical exposure arose from a worksite, a consumer product, a landfill, a manufacturing facility, or a general environmental release.  Our attorneys have handled cases in which the chemical products at issue include various solvents (e.g., benzene or chlorinated solvents); gasoline and its constituents; motor oils; other lubricants and specialty motor blends and additives; heavy metals such as arsenic and vanadium; agricultural chemicals including pesticides such as 2,4 D; and fibers (e.g., asbestos) and silicates.  We have also developed expertise in the field of indoor air quality and “sick building” syndrome.

Hotelier not Responsible for Poinsettia Fire

November 13, 2018 11:16am
Claims Magazine – November 9, 2018 A lawsuit that sought to place the blame for a costly and destructive wildfire on a San Diego County resort was adjudicated in favor of the resort — after the plaintiff could not produce any evidence to prove the resort was responsible for the fire.

Jury Finds Cos. Don’t Owe Boy In $23M Farm Pesticide Suit

July 13, 2017 12:07pm
Law360 – July 12, 2017 A California jury on Wednesday sided with three companies in a toxic tort trial, rejecting a mother’s claims for $23 million in damages due to her son’s alleged in utero exposure to chemicals when she worked on a berry farm, a defendant’s law firm said.
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