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For several decades, K&L Gates has been heavily involved in the defense of toxic tort cases and in the development of national defense strategies in such cases. In addition to defending individual cases, the firm has coordinated national defense efforts on behalf of major industrial clients.

Our work has included the development of medical defenses and product testing reports, coordination of discovery responses, preparation of medical and product expert “state-of-the-art” reports, development of computer animations for trial presentations, and the development of integrated electronic databases to manage both documents and a centralized case docket system. Firm lawyers also have experience as lead and liaison counsel in cases involving large numbers of manufacturing defendants.

The firm has been retained on behalf of manufacturers or sellers of products containing silica, asbestos, manganese, lead pigment, benzene, PCBs, TCE, and other alleged toxins and hazardous substances, as well as pharmaceutical and chemical products and products with allegedly injurious emissions, such as welding fumes, electromagnetic fields, and radioactivity. In addition to its toxic tort product liability practice, the firm represents companies in toxic tort suits alleging injurious exposure to hazardous wastes.

K&L Gates is experienced in litigating the typical issues that have arisen in these tort cases, including proof of causation; statutes of limitations; statutes of repose; state-of-the-art defenses; alternative theories of liability, such as market share, enterprise liability, and concert of action; preemption defenses; sophisticated purchaser defenses; risk/utility analyses and defenses; cognizability of causes of action for medical monitoring, phobias, increased incidence of cancer, or other injury; and contribution among multiple tortfeasors.

Many toxic tort liability cases present similar or repetitive factual and legal issues, particularly in the context of mass torts. Significant strategic and cost advantages can be achieved by computerizing appropriate information for easier access and use in individual cases, and in groups of cases sharing common elements. K&L Gates has used automated litigation support in toxic tort and other types of cases on behalf of numerous clients.

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Representing a lender sued for allegedly assisting the borrower to operate a chemical plating company that released chlorinated solvents resulting in property damage and bodily injury.
Representing a military defense contractor in connection with a claim asserting the development of non-Hodgkins lymphoma resulting from exposure to certain electromagnetic fields generated by naval radar systems.
Defending claims against a national pharmaceutical company alleging bladder cancer and related illnesses resulting from workplace and residential exposures to industrial chemicals.
Defending a multi-state class action filed against an interstate pipeline company alleging bodily injury, fear of injury, property damage, and the need for medical monitoring as a result of alleged exposure to PCBs.
Defending multiple claims alleging birth defects from exposures to environmental contaminants allegedly discharged by the firm's client.
Securing the dismissal of over 240 claims, filed originally in a Pennsylvania state court, involving alleged exposures to volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds related to foreign refining operations.
Representing two companies in connection with threatened litigation and proposed legislation with respect to claims against former manufacturers of lead pigment used in lead-based paint.
Representing a major manufacturer of tear gas in defense of wrongful death actions alleging injury and death resulting from exposure to the gas.
Representing over several decades numerous manufacturers of asbestos-containing products in defense of tens of thousands of tort claims arising from diverse work sites, both as trial counsel, regional counsel, and for at least five manufacturers, as national coordinating counsel.
Defending claims against manufacturers of welding rods in several thousand cases in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, alleging various forms of injury alleged to result from exposure to welding fumes.