G&E’s environmental disaster litigation group represents individuals, businesses, and public entities significantly injured by the misconduct of gas and utility companies, chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and industrial polluters. The group focuses on environmental catastrophes arising out of the negligence of corporations as well as natural resource damages caused by the production and distribution of hazardous chemicals.
G&E obtained a $143 million settlement in a class action representing residents and businesses harmed by the catastrophic gas explosions in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, caused by the negligence of Columbia Gas and NiSource. The Firm served as court-appointed Co-Lead counsel and Chair of the Insurance Committee in this litigation. The Firm also represents victims of the Paradise, California Wildfires, which devastated lives of thousands of people and destroyed thousands of buildings—plaintiffs allege that the wildfires were sparked by aging, unsafe electrical infrastructure maintained by Pacific Gas & Electric.
G&E’s environmental litigation group also represents public entities. The Firm represents a number of states and municipalities in litigation against Monsanto arising out of its production, marketing, distribution, and sale of PCBs, resulting in widespread environmental contamination, including substantial impairment of major waterbodies. These cases seek monetary damages for injury to natural resources and an abatement plan to be funded by Monsanto. G&E also represents states seeking recovery for injuries to groundwater and other natural resources caused by the manufacturers of toxic firefighting foam, including 3M.
Attorneys at G&E have represented hundreds of families injured by environmental contaminants, including radon, arsenic, and rocket fuel, resulting in significant multi-million dollar settlements. G&E attorneys have experience representing clients in actions such as an MTBE water contamination class action, class action litigation involving hydrogen sulfide off-gassing in residential homes, bacterial water contamination, and emissions of welding fumes, diesel fumes and hard metals during manufacturing operations. And should a corporation seek to avoid responsibility by filing bankruptcy, G&E has extensive experience in litigation arising out of major bankruptcies and other insolvency matters. Our attorneys combine their sophisticated complex-litigation skills with a practiced understanding of the Bankruptcy Code and other applicable insolvency laws to seek and obtain substantial recoveries for clients through the reorganization process.
A leader in plaintiff-side litigation, G&E’s skilled attorneys have the experience and reputation to litigate against some of the world’s largest corporations and deliver strong results on behalf of our clients. If you are a referring attorney who would like to discuss a potential matter, please contact Elizabeth Graham, Thomas Ayala, or Kyle McGee.