09.25.2011 | Publications

Toxic Torts Litigation Guide

By Lawrence G. Cetrulo

Toxic Torts Litigation Guide by Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Esq.
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The Toxic Torts Litigation Guide by Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Esq. is the leading treatise on toxic torts in the United States. Published by West Group, this four-volume treatise is both a practicum on litigating toxic torts and an overview of developments in the field.

For more than thirty years, Mr. Cetrulo has been among the foremost toxic torts attorneys in the nation with a practice that spans the entire country. Beginning with the publication in 1993 of Toxic Torts: A Complete Person Injury Guide, also by West Group, he has shared the insights he has gleaned in the course of his practice and the careful attention he pays to developments in all jurisdictions. In 2002, Mr. Cetrulo undertook a major revision to this treatise. Now, the Toxic Torts Litigation Guide by Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Esq. is updated annually to address breaking changes to law and science that inform toxic torts practice.

The Toxic Torts Litigation Guide by Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Esq. address a wide array of topics. Chapters 1 through 17 discuss the fundamentals of toxic torts litigation, including strategic considerations for plaintiffs and defendants. The remaining chapters address the following topics:

Chapter 18 – Tobacco Litigation – Tobacco lawsuits have resulted in some of the largest jury awards and settlements in recent years.

Chapter 19 – Lead Litigation – Despite numerous warnings regarding the hazards of lead paint, landlords, suppliers, and manufacturers continue to face ongoing lawsuits, which have resulted in large plaintiff verdicts.

Chapter 20 – Latex Glove Litigation – Recent medical studies have shown new and different ways to which latex exposure cause alleged health problems.

Chapter 21 – Fen-Phen – The diet drug, which assisted in the weight loss of many Americans, continues to face numerous lawsuits for various health effects, including coronary heart disease.

Chapter 22 – Electromagnetic Field Litigation – New studies are aiming to target the threshold level at which point humans may become susceptible to the negative effects of EMF exposure.

Chapter 23 – Beryllium Litigation – New genetic tests regarding beryllium sensitivity are being developed in order to provide a cost-effective approach to further reduce instances of chronic beryllium disease.

Chapter 24 – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Litigation – The MCS phenomenon continues to generate controversy in the medical community and this hotly contested debate has been closely followed by the legal world.

Chapter 25 – Methyl tertiary Butyl Ether – Individuals and public water utilities continue to sue oil companies to remedy MTBE water contamination.

Chapter 26 – Toxic Mold Litigation – The threat of being exposed to high levels of unique toxic mold has created a stir amongst numerous homeowners.

Chapter 27 – Chromated Copper Arsenate Litigation – The use of CCA as a wood preservative compound has attracted major controversy as the hazards of CCA are still being explored.

Chapter 28 – Gun Litigation – Although gun litigation continues to be unsuccessful, the increase in litigation has provide an incentive for gun manufacture to product safer guns.

Chapter 29 – Issues Arising From High Stakes Litigation – Basic facts that every practitioner must know about trends in bankruptcy insurance, as well as the recent explosion of fraudulent conveyance, securities fraud and shareholder derivative lawsuits.

Chapter 30 – Toxic Agents – A listing of toxic agents including their physical description, uses, toxic form, populations/occupations at risk, exposure pathways, alleged health effects, as well as recent review articles.

Chapter 31 – Silica Litigation – A review of the re-emergence of silica litigation: its history in the litigation field and the cutting-edge approach to this most current of emerging areas of toxic tort litigation.

Chapter 32 – Welding Rod Litigation – Provides an overview and analysis of this evolving toxic tort litigation. The chapter includes sections on standard causes of action, defenses, medical issues, and governmental regulations.

Chapter 33 – Asbestos Litigation & Tort Reform – Discussion of developments and practice in the most-litigated toxic tort.

Chapter 34 – Survey of Pharmaceutical Litigation – Synopses of major pharmaceutical litigations and related topics.

Chapter 35 – Benzene Litigation – Discussion and analysis of litigation arising out of benzene exposure.

Chapter 36 – Nanotechnology – Overview of the legal theories and science underlying this emerging toxic tort, as well as attendant developments.

Chapter 37 – Daubert Case Surveys – Detailed illustrations of the use of Daubert hearings in toxic torts matters.

Chapter 38 – Emerging Toxic Torts – Synopses of various emerging toxic torts.

Chapter 39 – Toxins in Foods & Bisphenol-A (BPA) – Discussion of the science and legal theories behind various litigations related to alleged toxins ingested with food and drink: BPA, bisphenols generally, biological and chemical pathogens, and toxic foodstuffs.

Chapter 40 – Chinese Drywall – Provides analysis and discussion of litigation arising out of allegedly defective drywall.

Chapter 41 – Climate Change Litigation – Discusses developments and commentary on litigation alleging harm due to climate change, particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court opinion Massachusetts v. EPA.

Chapter 42 – Premises Liability – Discusses the law and developments in this theory of liability, which arises often in toxic torts matters.

Chapter 43 – Component Parts Liability – Discusses the law and developments in this theory of liability and the related defense, both of which are asserted often in toxic torts litigation.

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