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.
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.
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.
It’s the New Year and we at Taylor & Hammel LLC are kicking it off in a big way by announcing a new name and look. We hope to magnify the successes of the last decade and focus on the future of our company as Taylor Research Group (TRG).
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an injury involving burns from a hot cup of coffee or an exploding soda bottle doesn’t have much to do with dusty old historical documents.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?
Last week, citizens of Flint, Michigan filed two class-action lawsuits against Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and other government officials. These follow a declared state of emergency in Flint, a pending investigation from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Michigan, a declared federal emergency by President Obama, and an emergency order issued from the EPA to the state of Michigan.
Completing an internship isn’t just a rite of passage for today’s college students. Some get paid for their work. Some pay to do the work. Others get academic credit. For some, it’s a combination of all three. Either way, many students feel an internship is that must-have bullet point on their resume (second to the degree, of course) that will catch a prospective employer’s attention.