There is more to October than falling leaves, pumpkin carving, and Trick-or-Treating. But, of course, you know this if you’ve been following us on social media! October is also American Archives Month, and we’ve been participating in its celebration in a variety of ways.
As part of our Meet the TRG Team Tuesday series, we’d like to spend some time today introducing you to the newest TRG team member, Kristen Long, who rounds out our diverse group of research professionals as an Environmental Specialist.
As you may have noticed over the last several months, we have posted various infographics on our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages. We are always thinking of new and creative ways to show, rather than just tell, what we as historical researchers do.
From time to time, we will shine the spotlight on one of our team members. We kicked off this series a while back with a Q&A featuring public historian Will Armstrong. Today, it’s Kylie Armo’s turn.
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.