The Industry Leader on PFAS

The Authority of PFAS Compliance, Litigation & Government Relations

What makes CMBG3 the Authority on PFAS?

Cases defended on chemical exposures, including PFAS

Years of combined experience in chemical litigation and compliance issues

Dedicated team members specialized in chemical substances

Thought Leaders

Recognized as the thought leader on PFAS by the National Law Review, Bloomberg, Global Water Intelligence, Engineering News Record, and other leading business sector publications

Unmatched Credentials

One of the few PFAS teams that have worked as Environmental Health and Safety Consultants

Accurate Forecasts

Develop risk projections on future PFAS issues for financial industry, insurance companies, manufacturers and other constituents impacted by PFAS

Extensive Knowledge

The most experienced in regulatory compliance, audits, inspections, and litigation for all industries

Unmatched Credentials?

The National Law Review Agrees!

We were the only law firm in the U.S. in 2020 to be recognized as a thought leader on PFAS by the National Law Review.

See some of our thought leadership in the media:

PFAS Regulation: Business Should Plan Now for Financial Impacts

PFAS settlement earmarks $4bn for clean-up

CMBG3 PFAS Articles on Law360

CMBG3 PFAS Articles on Engineering News-Record

CMBG3 PFAS Articles on National Law Review

John Gardella

Shareholder

John Gardella and his team were recognized by National Law Review as the only Thought Leader in the nation in 2020 on the subject of PFAS. Attorney Gardella regularly consults with corporate, insurance, and financial world clients to assess risks in a multitude of transaction types. While he has specialized his practice for the past five years on the subject of PFAS, he has fifteen years of litigation and environmental practice that shapes the expertise that he offers to his clients to predict future risks. His opinions are sought out by media, such as Bloomberg, AM Best, and numerous industry-specific publications.

Is the European PFAS Litigation Wave Beginning?

For the past few years, the European PFAS litigation has largely escaped being at the forefront of PFAS news articles, as the EU and member states' efforts to enact regulations and the U.S. PFAS litigation dominated the daily updates. Recently, however, PFAS...

MDL For PFAS AFFF Sees Long-Awaited Government Contractor Ruling

On September 16, 2022, the presiding Judge in the MDL for PFAS AFFF issued a ruling denying defendants' motions to apply the government contractor defense to the MDL, which would have in effect wiped out a considerable number of cases on the MDL. The ruling brings to...

New York Fashion PFAS Legislation Will Dramatically Impact Businesses

On May 24, 2022, the New York Assembly and Senate passed a bill, S.6291, that would ban the sale of any apparel in the state of New York that contain intentionally added PFAS starting on December 31, 2023. The New York fashion PFAS legislation, which must be signed...

PFAS AFFF MDL Moves Forward With Bellwether Trial Chosen

In response to the presiding Judge's request that the parties in the PFAS AFFF MDL choose the order in which the first three cases chosen for trial in the MDL will proceed, the parties submitted a letter to the Judge informing him that the case of Stuart (FL) v. 3M,...

John Gardella’s PFAS Thought Leadership Published In The Fashion Law

John Gardella's recent PFAS article entitled "PFAS Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Just the Latest...and Only the Beginning" was published on our website and the National Law Review. The article was picked up and utilized by The Fashion Law's news site in the article "A...

PFAS Hardwick Case – Significant Court Ruling May Reduce Class

On September 9, 2022, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted interlocutory review of an enormously significant PFAS class action lawsuit filed in Ohio - Hardwick v. 3M. We previously wrote about the details of the Ohio court's decision to grant class certification...

PFAS Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Just the Latest…and Only the Beginning

On August 26, 2022, a PFAS consumer fraud class action lawsuit was filed in New York against Proctor & Gamble over alleged PFAS content in the Oral B brand of floss. The lawsuit is but the latest in a growing line of PFAS lawsuits that allege that certain consumer...

California PFAS Bills Set To Have Business Impacts

This week, California's Governor Newsom is expected to sign into law three major California PFAS bills, each of which will have significant impacts on businesses nationally and globally. Two of the bills would ban products from being sold in the state that contain...

PFAS Free Federal Goals Will Impact Suppliers

On August 31, 2022, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a report entitled "Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 14057 Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability." In the report, the CEQ strongly...

PFAS Lawsuit Continues Trend of Downstream Liability Risks

On August 12, 2022, a cattle farmer in Livingston County, Michigan filed a PFAS lawsuit against a manufacturing company that allegedly contaminated the farmer's land with PFAS, which in turn contaminated the cattle that he relied on to sell for beef. Plaintiff Jason...
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PFAS Contamination Fines Averted

Our client was a light industrial company that did not use PFAS in any aspect of its business, although it stored several types of chemical waste on its property for later disposal. A fire damaged a large portion of the company building where the chemicals were stored. The fire caused several containers of chemicals to explode and the fire department used a PFAS-containing foam to extinguish the fire. The resulting chemical and PFAS contamination to the company’s land was investigated by the Massachusetts DEP, and the DEP expanded their investigation to nearby waterways and ponds due to concerns over PFAS contamination to drinking water sources. If held responsible for the PFAS in the water sources, our client was at risk for tens of thousands of dollars in fine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.

We aggressively fought back for our client and spent months working with experts who tested the geological features and took dozens of soil and water samples. Our team investigated likely alternate sources of PFAS contamination by obtaining records from several public entities, subpoenaing records from nearby property owners, and fought to have government records pertaining to a nearby likely pollution source turned over to us in our effort to defend our client. Armed with all of this information, we conducted numerous rounds of negotiations with the DEP, which ultimately led to the DEP dropping the PFAS contamination allegations against our client, thereby saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.

US PFAS Drinking Water Standards and Legislation

Our PFAS team provides not only real time PFAS legislative tracking, but also forms coalitions and makes a positive impact at the legislative level to ensure that our clients’ voices are heard.

The media looks to CMBG3 Law for our PFAS predictions, opinion, and risk projections, but so do:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Waste management companies
  • Recycling facilities
  • Water districts
  • Insurance companies
  • Financial industries
  • Property owners
  • Construction industry
  • Supply side sectors

How We Can Help You

We litigate PFAS cases in seven states and help clients with compliance issues in all fifty states. Please contact us using the below form to learn how we can help you

CMBG3 PFAS Team

John P. Gardella

Shareholder

Alexandra M. Fraher

Attorney

Jessica L. Deyoe

Attorney


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