Claims Advocacy and Litigation Over Coverage for Talc Ovarian Cancer Claims
We are representing $75B multinational mining company Rio Tinto in insurance coverage litigation in San Francisco Superior Court regarding coverage for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Litigation (Talc Ovarian Cancer Claims). The Talc Ovarian Cancer Claims involve approximately 14,000 personal injury claims filed across the country alleging that talc exposure caused the plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer. This litigation recently resulted in a $4B verdict against J&J, as well as a number of other large verdicts. Our firm’s work involves not only the coverage litigation, but advice to the client on numerous other insurance issues raised by the claims.
Silicon Breast Implant Cases
As lead California counsel to a Fortune 100 company in consumer/product defect silicon breast implant cases, we obtained summary judgment in more than 700+ cases under the bulk distributor/component supplier doctrines, and successfully defended related product claims including those involving the dual capacity exception to exclusive remedy doctrine.
Serve as national coordinating counsel for products liability litigation relating to gas delivery system, and products liability counseling relating to Prop. 65.
Represent agricultural chemical maker in litigation for alleged breach of contract and unfair business practices in research and development of agricultural chemicals.
Air Conditioning Units
Represent concrete company in product defect litigation involving susceptibility of concrete foundations to deterioration from sulfate in soil in condominium development.
Represented chemical company and its subsidiaries in personal injury, public health and property damage claims regarding the pesticide DBCP.
Defective Medical Devices
Successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of medical group for reimbursement of expenses incurred for revision surgeries resulting from defective hip and knee implants.
Dry Cleaning Chemicals
Defend commodity chemical manufacturer against design defect and failure to warn claims concerning soil and groundwater contamination from dry cleaners.
Represented pharmaceutical company in EPA administrative enforcement action for alleged failure to comply with TSCA reporting requirements concerning chemicals used in manufacturing.
Represent manufacturer of exercise equipment in a product liability lawsuit and provide product stewardship advice.
Fire Sprinker Systems
Represent pipe and fitting companies in class action litigation for alleged design and manufacturing defects resulting in premature corrosion, and related claims concerning pipes and fittings used in fire sprinkler systems.
Fruit Crop Value
As lead counsel to agricultural chemical manufacturer in actions alleging pesticide product defects resulting in diminished value of fruit crop, obtained summary judgment and dismissals with prejudice.
Global Product Stewardship
Serve on the global product stewardship committee for international apparel company. Developed a "do not use" list of chemicals which was implemented globally throughout all of the company's manufacturing facilities.
Leather and Fabric Care Products
Represented manufacturer in EPA investigation and enforcement action for alleged failure to comply with FIFRA in manufacturing and labeling leather and fabric care products, and in related CPSC investigation.
As West Coast counsel for a manufacturer of outdoor goods, successfully defended claims of design and manufacturing defects relating to outdoor grills and other products, including obtaining defense verdicts in state and federal trials.
Plant Growth Regulator
Represent international agricultural chemical manufacturer in product liability claims to alleged crop damage resulting from the use of a plant growth regulator, and provide domestic product stewardship advice to the company.
Defended manufacturer of a satellite payload for alleged component defects.
Steele v. Nokia
TSCA Compliance - Life Sciences
Represent major life science company in product assessment and counseling, including compliance relating to TSCA.
Wastewater Districts and Municipalities
Represent water districts and municipalities in prosecution of lawsuits involving defective polybutylene pipe laterals.