Environmental and toxic tort litigation presents significant issues for the financial performance of many companies across the country. In such a climate, leading manufacturers in a broad range of industries have turned to Lightfoot for their litigation needs. Our lawyers have consistently served as lead trial counsel in some of the region’s most high-profile cases.

Lightfoot has the experience and depth to manage all aspects of complex environmental and toxic tort matters. The range of our experience is extensive, and runs the gamut from single-plaintiff toxic tort cases to class actions and mass joinders involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs. Our lawyers have the knowledge and ability to tackle the toughest scientific and technical issues, and we have worked closely with many of the country’s leading medical, scientific and technical experts in defending such claims.

Lightfoot’s attorneys have also assisted clients in a variety of compliance matters and enforcement actions involving state and federal agencies, including matters under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), Clean Water Act (“CWA”) and Clean Air Act (“CAA”). We have tried CERCLA cost-recovery actions and natural-resource damage claims, as well as assisted clients with environmental permitting and compliance work. Lightfoot attorneys also have extensive experience in challenging actions taken by federal agencies under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Lightfoot can handle the day-to-day litigation needs of its environmental and toxic tort clients at a local, regional or national level. Whether it is managing complex document discovery, taking expert depositions or presenting the case to a jury, our environmental and toxic tort litigators have the experience and resources to handle any environmental or toxic tort matter. For example:

  • Lightfoot served as national counsel in a series of cases around the country relating to alleged contamination from the wood treating industry.
  • Lightfoot represented several oil companies in some of the largest cases nationally involving underground storage tank litigation.
  • Lightfoot represented manufacturers in mass tort actions alleging injuries from exposure to various chemicals, including isocyanates, formaldehyde, creosote, dixoin, and metalworking fluids.
  • Lightfoot represented clients in off shore contamination cases.
  • Lightfoot represented manufacturers in major PFC contamination cases in multiple states.
  • Lightfoot represented municipalities in actions to remedy historical contamination.
  • Lightfoot represented a number of manufacturers against claims of community contamination.
  • Lightfoot represented numerous clients in asbestos cases alleging that exposure to various products (including friction products, gaskets, packing, and external insulation) caused mesothelioma and other malignancies, including winning numerous cases on summary judgment and successfully defending the results on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Lightfoot represented the State of Alabama in a successful case to block appropriation of water rights by the State of Georgia.  It handled the water rights negotiations with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the states of Georgia and Florida for more than 15 years. This involved working closely with Alabama’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Department of Environmental Management, Governor’s office, and Attorney General’s office.
  • Lightfoot represented a number of manufacturers in the paper industry in a series of claims alleging dioxin contamination of major Alabama waterways. This involved individual litigation as well as major class action claims.
  • Lightfoot represented a major pigment manufacturer in a series of air contamination cases in Mississippi and has handled many other claims of air contamination.
  • Lightfoot handled many cases involving alleged pesticide contamination in Alabama and other Southeastern states for more than one manufacturer. These cases have ranged from crop-damage cases to home-exposure cases to a massive fish kill in an Alabama reservoir related to an insecticide release.
  • In the area of environmental crime, Lightfoot represented clients in a variety of enforcement and grand jury proceedings brought by federal and state law-enforcement officials.
  • Lightfoot was the first firm in the country to try a Benlate fungicide case to a defense verdict.
  • In recent years, Lightfoot has been involved in mass tort environmental litigation across the country involving underground contamination in the petroleum industry, the wood-treating industry, the equipment-manufacturing industry, and the fertilizer industry.
  • Lightfoot represented a group of Potentially Responsible Parties in a CERCLA cost-recovery action involving an abandoned lead-smelting facility that was listed on the National Priorities List.
  • Lightfoot represented the defendants in a series of toxic tort cases involving PCB contamination in Anniston, Alabama, which spawned two different downstream lake class actions, numerous consolidated mass tort actions and resulted in the largest and longest-running trial in Alabama history. That trial involved more than 3,500 plaintiffs, many claiming both personal injury and property damage. That case went before the Alabama Supreme Court on three separate occasions before and during trial, and the jury trial lasted more than 19 months in the Circuit Court of Calhoun County. More than 500 separate verdicts were returned during the course of the trial, and the trial included jury and non-jury claims.
  • Lightfoot represented several textile manufacturers in environmental litigation involving manufacturing plant discharges of treated wastewater.
  • Lightfoot represented municipalities in environmental permitting and compliance matters involving wastewater treatment systems and solid-waste management facilities.
  • Lightfoot was retained after two textile manufacturers were hit with a $52,000,000 verdict in a waterway contamination matter. After extensive post-trial proceedings and two appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court, the judgement was reversed and rendered in favor of the defendants.