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Mass tort and toxic tort disputes

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Meet the team

Our mass tort and toxic tort disputes team has long represented clients before courts and regulators around the world, and in almost every substantive area of mass tort, toxic tort and environmental litigation.

Clients turn to us as defense counsel, drawing upon Norton Rose Fulbright's vast experience in dealing with large groups of plaintiffs and handling complex issues of science and causation.

Our mass tort and toxic tort disputes lawyers have defended many of these types of cases from trial to verdict, with cases involving anywhere from one to thousands of plaintiffs—this includes class actions. Norton Rose Fulbright's depth and breadth of experience in this arena makes us a go-to firm for mass tort, toxic tort and environmental litigation.

Our mass tort and toxic tort disputes lawyers have represented numerous industrial sectors including:

  • oil and gas
  • chemicals
  • plastics
  • pesticides
  • mining
  • metals
  • refiners
  • manufacturers
  • building materials
  • construction contractors
  • agricultural operators
  • property owners
  • aerospace

Our mass tort and toxic tort disputes team have defended the following products:

  • chlorinated solvents
  • pesticides
  • defoliants
  • wood preservatives
  • industrial and household solvents
  • dioxins
  • petroleum hydrocarbons
  • benzene
  • butadiene
  • MTBE
  • vinyl chloride
  • perchloroethylene
  • trichloroethylene
  • diesel exhaust
  • silica
  • radionuclides
  • heavy metals
  • sulfur dioxide
  • nitrogen dioxide
  • asbestos

With our recognized international presence, its mass tort and toxic tort disputes team are capable of defending cases involving anywhere from one to thousands of plaintiffs across multiple jurisdictions. Norton Rose Fulbright's lawyers have experience in managing and defending cases all along this spectrum and do so according to the Norton Rose Fulbright Difference, which focuses on client objectives at the earliest stage of litigation to ensure that Norton Rose Fulbright's efforts are properly and efficiently focused on achieving the desired outcome.

Where litigation and technology intersect

Today, litigation is driven by technology, leading to massive quantities of electronically stored information (ESI), rapidly evolving legal requirements and growing demands on clients' stretched legal budgets. Norton Rose Fulbright's litigators and service support personnel have been at the forefront in developing cost-efficient solutions to challenges in these areas.

The firm was the first American firm to use Ringtail's document review platform, and one of the very earliest to establish an e-Discovery and Information Governance (EDIG) team.  

Norton Rose Fulbright's commitment to progressive technology continues as one of the first law firms to license Recommind Axcelerate eDiscovery™ for document review allowing for a reduction of the average time and expense of first pass review, while also increasing quality.

Our electronic discovery lawyers is one of the most well known in the country, and now includes practitioners that are highly experienced in e-discovery, litigation readiness, privacy, cross-border data transfer, document retention and offline data remediation.

Where science and the law intersect

Our mass tort and toxic tort disputes team also know the science.

Many of our lawyers have science degrees and/or strong technical backgrounds, so they are adept at dealing with complex scientific issues through discovery and trial, as well as communicating effectively with the clients whose product and/or conduct is at issue. Norton Rose Fulbright's lawyers also have the skills to communicate with expert witnesses to develop winning trial themes.

Our lawyers also have vast experience in challenging opposing expert witnesses under Daubert, Frye, Havner and other standards of admissibility.

Our lawyers are well-versed in implementing sophisticated document collection and preservation processes, as well as managing the necessary databases to track the mountains of data obtained through discovery in these types of actions. We have also instituted state-of-the-art service support technology, which provides additional efficiencies.

Where environmental law and mass tort litigation intersect

Our lawyers have substantial experience defending against claims of property damage and personal injury arising out of soil, water and air contamination. These lawyers work closely with the firm's other mass tort and toxic tort lawyers where the two service areas intersect. Norton Rose Fulbright's environmental litigators have substantial experience defending against government and regulatory claims, including claims of natural resources damages.  

Many of Norton Rose Fulbright's clients rely on the firm's multi-faceted experience to defend on the multiple fronts presented in cases of environmental contamination.

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 national ranking for mass tort/class actions – defendants, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Product Liability & Mass Torts, Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, The Legal 500, 2016
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, The Legal 500, 2016
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense, The Legal 500, 2016