Product liability litigation – particularly the prominent billion-dollar verdicts against a manufacturer of talc-based baby powder – has been making headlines lately. The news that is still flying under the radar? The many archival repositories and libraries that hold the historical information you need to crack your product liability case.
Many of the research cases that we work on involve hazardous contaminants in soil or groundwater. Increasingly, that includes research into the usage and disposal of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). These chemicals are part of a larger group of chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called perfluorocarbons (PFC).
Tracking down records at the local level is an essential part of our strategy for many of the research cases we take on – from toxic tort and environmental litigation to legal questions emanating from mineral rights and land ownership issues. Local records can hold invaluable information when trying to piece together complex histories of contaminated industrial sites, military bases, public utilities, or other properties and waterways.
On June 26, Taylor Research Group attended “Basics of the Clean Water Act,” an event hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) as part of their annual Summer School series.
Earlier this month, Taylor Research Group (TRG) associate Scott Connuck attended the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI) Summer School seminar titled “NEPA, ESA and Fundamentals of Environmental Law" in Washington, D.C.
When it comes to environmental litigation involving polluted industrial sites, the presence of potentially responsible parties (PRPs), the production process of hazardous substances, and the degree of federal government involvement can all be significant factors. As historical researchers, we have the capability to unearth such information and reconstruct the history of a contaminated site on behalf of law firms, corporations, or communities.
On Friday, April 6, associates of Taylor Research Group (TRG) attended the 11th annual Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review Conference in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Vanderbilt University Law School, the event focused on cutting-edge legal issues in the environmental field.
Taylor Research Group is often approached by law firms to conduct research on matters from individual asbestos cases to mass toxic tort litigation. To connect with leading attorneys in the field, learn about emerging environmental law issues, and reflect on how we can continue to innovate and add value to litigators, TRG attended the annual DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar from March 1 - 2, 2018.
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.