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.

TRG Attends ELI Annual Review Conference

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.

The Value of Historical Research in Toxic Tort Litigation: Our Takeaways from DRI's Nashville Seminar

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. 

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.