TRG Behind the Scenes: Q&A with Will Armstrong

Taylor Research Group (TRG) proudly welcomed Will Armstrong, public historian, to our team in 2017. For the past 15 years, Will has used his extensive knowledge of historical research methods and project management skills for clients involved in high stakes toxic tort and environmental litigation.

Balancing the Public’s Right to Know with Private Industry’s Right to Protect Confidential Business Information in the Wake of Disasters

When Hurricane Harvey battered the Gulf Coast region in August of last year, communities worried about its devastating, lasting impact – from the significant personal loss felt by families to the staggering financial clean-up costs that threatened to overwhelm towns and cities. And, in addition to the loss of human life, flooded homes as well as entire neighborhoods, not to mention the indefinite shuttering of businesses, communities were forced to confront serious environmental concerns in real time as the storm raged in the area that is a well-known hub of the petrochemical industry.  

A History of Holiday Decor at the White House

Decorating for the holidays is a time-honored tradition at the White House.

Repositories that Taylor Research Group frequents to conduct historical research, such as the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Library of Congress, hold many photographs that document such décor. From Christmas trees to menorahs, over the years winter holiday ornamentations at the White House have become increasingly grand, public, and inclusive.

Historical Research: Its Role in Environmental Due Diligence Prior to Business Transactions

A recent article from Thompson Coburn LLP that provided tips for environmental due diligence for buyers in business transactions caught our attention. Why? Conducting research into historical environmental problems is one of our specialties at Taylor Research Group.

Another Lead-Related Crisis: East Chicago, Indiana

There are, of course, some big differences. The affected West Calumet Complex in East Chicago falls within an already designated EPA Superfund site where years before companies “smelted, dealt with or processed lead for decades,” according to CNN. The EPA has since sued several of these Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs). But attorneys will now have to determine to what extent governmental agencies share in ongoing remedial efforts.

Taylor & Hammel LLC Turns 10

We’re celebrating our tenth anniversary and what a decade it has been! It’s been fun to think about where we’ve been over the past decade and where we hope to go as well as the changes in our lives and with technology. You may have seen our social media posts as we’ve reflected on this or received postcards announcing this milestone in the mail.

The Role of Historical Research in Product Liability Litigation

Product liability is not necessarily an area of law many people immediately associate with the need for conducting historical research. After all, litigation over an injury involving burns from a hot cup of coffee or an exploding soda bottle doesn’t have much to do with dusty old historical documents. Or does it? What about an injury sustained while operating a piece of machinery that came with an inadequate instruction manual? Or an injury from a household product that had a misleading label? And what about the potential successor liability risks involved when acquiring a company that might have manufactured a defective product?