PFAS, or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are a class of man-made chemicals with over 4,000 individual synthetic compounds found in many consumer products, such as Teflon and oil resistant food packaging. PFAS are used in products because of their unique physical properties that make them water repellent, oil repellent, heat resistant and resistant to degradation.
However, these unique properties also increase their potential impact on the environment and public health.
How will PFAS Affect my Company?
Manufacturers of PFAS have recently begun to be sued for environmental contamination under the Toxic Substances Control Act and for personal injuries. However, PFAS are used in thousands of consumer products, firefighting foam, and in various manufacturing processes. Given the significant settlements that have taken place with PFAS manufacturers to date, it is only a matter of time before the litigation trends towards downstream companies that utilize PFAS in their products. It is crucial to be prepared not only for potential litigation, but also for the number of regulatory changes, both state and federal, regularly taking place regarding PFAS.
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Our PFAS Experience
CMBG3 Law’s team of attorneys has the litigation and compliance experience necessary to represent companies during the next waves of the PFAS litigation and to advise regarding regulatory changes. Our attorneys have been at the forefront of PFAS issues, including giving presentations predicting the future waves of litigation stemming from PFAS issues. Additionally, our compliance team is working nonstop to stay at the forefront of regulatory developments in this field, in order to work with clients before a claim is ever filed and develop a compliance plan to meet short-term and long-term needs.
Our attorneys have years of experience successfully litigating environmental, toxic tort and product liability cases. Our mix of experienced litigators and environmental and regulatory specialists makes our team uniquely equipped to protect your interests in the PFAS litigation.
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