Toxic Tort Defense

Ragsdale Liggett lawyers regularly represent clients in all aspects of environmental law, including litigation and toxic tort defense. We are known for our defense expertise and the ability to litigate in these complex areas. Highlights of our toxic tort practice including:  

  • Indoor air quality, mold and “sick building” claims
  • Lead paint exposure 
  • Water pollution claims
  • Claims asserting liability under major environmental statutes, such as CERCLA, RCRA and the  Clean Water Act
  • Defense of thimerosal toxicity claims against vaccine manufacturers
  • Ground water pollution, sedimentation and runoff claims
  • Sudden accidents arising from catastrophic events, such as fires, explosions and pipeline ruptures, including defense of some of the largest industrial  accidents in North Carolina
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity claims and long-term chemical exposures in both workplace and residential settings
  • Pesticides and chemical exposures
  • Insurance coverage for environmental claims 

Our success in the toxic tort arena stems from decades of trial experience combined with an in-depth knowledge of the scientific issues surrounding contaminants in air, soil and groundwater. Our lawyers have defended class actions and individual cases alleging personal injury and property damage from environmental contamination or exposure to chemical products based on all types of legal theories, including negligence, fraud, failure to warn, negligent misrepresentation, trespass, private and public nuisance and damage claims such as “fear of cancer” and medical monitoring. 

In addition to litigation, we routinely handle permitting and other administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. Our firm advises and assists clients in evaluating environmental impacts and liabilities arising in connection with business and real estate transactions.