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Arnold & Porter’s cross-practice team has extensive experience defending and advising companies regarding PFAS, including in litigation, regulatory, and legislative matters. We represent multiple clients in complex class action and other toxic tort and environmental litigation related to PFAS bringing to bear our wealth of experience in every aspect of federal and state environmental and toxic tort law. We also represent clients in the first consumer class action and consumer protection false advertising suits related to alleged PFAS in cosmetics, as well as provide regulatory counseling. Additionally, we not only track legislation related to PFAS, but registered lobbyists on our team are able to advocate at the state and federal level on behalf of our clients. By combining our trial and appellate experience with our specialized chemicals regulatory expertise, we are able to offer the full spectrum of services to our clients addressing PFAS issues.

  • Industry-Focused: We’ve successfully represented companies in the consumer products, heavy manufacturing, energy provision, pharmaceutical, and other chemical-intensive industries.

  • Toxic Tort Talent: Our lawyers have deep experience litigating chemical, hazardous substance and toxic waste, Superfund and NRD liability, contaminated property, and and citizen suits.

  • Recognized Regulatory Insights: We have deep experience dealing with federal and state regulatory agencies on the relevant science and regulatory proposals and actions related to emerging contaminants.

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Experience Highlights

  • Wolverine World Wide, Inc. in three federal putative class action tort lawsuits and more than 200 individual personal injury and property damage lawsuits arising from the alleged presence of PFAS in drinking water in the vicinity of Rockford, Michigan.

  • Honeywell as lead toxic tort litigation counsel in the defense of a consolidated class action and approximately 54 individual personal injury and property damage suits arising out of the presence of PFOA in the groundwater and municipal water supply in Hoosick Falls, New York. We also serve as environmental counsel regarding former manufacturing facilities now designated as federal or state Superfund sites relating to the presence of PFAS and other chemicals in Hoosick Falls.

  • Chemours, as lead environmental counsel, on a range of regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters relating to the presence of chemicals in the Cape Fear River in North Carolina attributable to the client's facility, including a chemical referred to as GenX. We also represent Chemours in litigation, including two putative class actions, and a number of other actions, alleging various damages related to PFAS in drinking water.

  • Warner-Lambert in defending against toxic tort litigation alleging a historical manufacturing site caused presence of PFAS chemicals in municipal drinking water.

  • Honeywell in a toxic tort suit brought by water district alleging property damages related to PFAS chemicals and drinking water, part of multi-district litigation in South Carolina.

  • Sappi North America in a class action involving PFAS from paper manufacturing operations in Maine, allegedly contaminating drinking water wells through land-spreading. 

  • Shiseido Americas Corporation against allegations that bareMinerals concealers, foundations, and lip care products contain PFAS. 

  • Coty and Noxell in defending against consumer protection claims based on marketing of cosmetic products alleged to contain PFAS.

  • Major prominent trade associations who represent users of formulations and products that may contain PFAS in providing regulatory counseling.

  • Several businesses that are manufacturers, importers, and processors of chemical-based products, which contain PFAS, in providing regulatory and enforcement counseling.