Energy, Environmental & Natural Resourcesemail
Cleaning-up the legal mess as swiftly as the environmentSome chemicals, by nature, are hazardous, toxic and corrosive. Until such chemicals are no longer necessary to play a role in our modern-day society, even companies with the highest safety standards are susceptible to liability due to accidents and ever evolving standards. Even long forgotten operations from decades in the past can come back seemingly out of nowhere to present substantial liability to a company. No matter the size of an incident, or how quick the response to limit environmental damage and personal injury, a brand can be irreparably damaged by misperception alone, a product can be banned from market, and a company can face financial ruin seemingly overnight.
Companies have never been more vulnerable to environmental and toxic tort litigation. Thanks to the Internet, even the most localized clean-up can become global news within minutes. The ability of potential victims to network has given rise to even more class actions. Companies are facing unprecedented levels of government regulation and public scrutiny as they bring projects and products to market.
For drinking water contamination and toxic emissions, Manatt’s Environmental & Toxic Torts practice group will protect your interests, assets and reputation throughout the investigation and, when applicable, the resulting litigation.
For accidents you’re responsible for, we help limit your liability to the strictest definition of the law; and fast-track an innovative solution in the best interests of your company, stakeholders and community. If other parties are to blame, we staunchly protect you from unjust litigation, witch hunts and media circuses.
We have environmental and toxic tort litigation down to a scienceManatt attorneys have a substantive knowledge of both the laws that govern environmental and toxic tort cases as well as the science behind them. At every level of local, state and federal court, including multidistrict litigation and class actions, we have resolved cases surrounding such matters as climate change, groundwater cleanup, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, products liability, Proposition 65, CEQA, natural resources, and chemical exposure, to name a few.
Many of our attorneys have technical backgrounds that, combined with deep legal experience in this arena, give them the unique ability to stay ahead of emerging trends, spot potential liabilities long in advance, fully understand complex scientific issues, and to confidently go up against the best of experts. All told, this deep experience allows us to provide comprehensive and cost-efficient counsel to our clients.
Besides civil litigation, Manatt attorneys are also highly experienced with administrative and criminal practice having lawyers who have served in government. Manatt helps companies work in harmony with government regulators to remain in compliance to head-off issues beforehand. Likewise, Manatt is well adept at representing clients in all manners before the government on environmental issues. When necessary, we are not afraid to challenge unfair environmental regulations and challenge the authority of agencies that over step their jurisdiction or seek to wrongly tar a client with liability.
Ranked Nationally for Litigation - Environmental for 2015
Ranked Nationally for Environmental Law 2013-2015
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