Did You Know? October Is American Archives Month!

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.

Meet the Team Tuesday: Kristen Long

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.

How to Crack Your Product Liability Case Using Historical Documentation

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.

PFOS and PFOA: Investigating Emerging Contaminants of Concern

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). 

Conducting Research Locally: Challenges & Opportunities

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.

Reconstructing the Ownership History of a Contaminated Site

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.