Toxic Torts

Toxic Tort Litigation in California and Nationwide

The environmental litigation attorneys of Caufield & James advise and represent clients on a wide range of toxic tort issues from groundwater and soil contamination claims to California Proposition 65 complaints. For dependable advice and surefooted advocacy regarding any toxic tort issue, contact us.

Generally speaking, toxic torts are usually personal injury claims (with property damage sometimes alleged as well) that result from an episode of contamination, pollution, or negligent release of hazardous chemicals or other substances. A toxic tort claim can be brought by an individual or a defined plaintiff class in a mass tort claim.

Though we sometimes represent plaintiffs in toxic tort litigation, we more often represent defendants charged with liability for actual or projected damages. A toxic tort lawsuit can stand alone or relate to private or government CERCLA litigation, administrative enforcement or remediation proceedings, or such independent bases for litigation as California's Proposition 65 concerning the release of toxic substances into drinking water supplies.

Our lawyers represent major corporations, smaller manufacturers, hazardous materials transporters, farmers, agribusinesses, municipalities, citizens' groups and individuals in toxic tort litigation. We have extensive experience with the resolution of liability, damages and insurance coverage issues in situations such as:

  • Underground fuel tank failure
  • Unauthorized disposal of hazardous substances or wastes
  • Water pollution
  • EPCRA liability for toxic chemical storage sites
  • FIFRA liability related to pesticide storage or use
  • Heightened risk of cancer or birth defects
  • Failure to warn, disclose or report toxic chemical risks

California environmental litigation attorney Jeff Caufield's experience with toxic tort litigation extends back to the chromium contamination case depicted in the motion picture "Erin Brockovich."

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For additional information about our law firm's ability to protect your interests in a toxic tort case, contact us.