Environmental Law and Toxic Torts
Businesses face exposure to liability from a broad array of environmental regulations and common law obligations related to pollution and toxic substances. We have defended companies and individuals in civil and criminal proceedings involving alleged violations of various pollution statutes, and in tort actions for allegedly causing injury to persons or property through the manufacture, distribution, use, or disposal of asbestos, benzene, petroleum products, and other industrial chemicals and substances.
At Goldstein and Price, L.C., examples of the environmental law and toxic tort matters we have handled include, among others:
- Regularly negotiating environmental indemnity and due diligence agreements for real estate and other business transactions
- the defense and favorable settlement of a CERCLA action against our client, an alleged former owner and operator of a Superfund site in Missouri;
- effectively defending asbestos and benzene bodily injury cases in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois;
- successfully resolving civil and criminal claims against companies accused of violating the Clean Water Act and other pollution statutes in connection with alleged discharges into the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
Sometimes the best defense to potential liability is advance planning to assess and minimize environmental risks. Clients regularly seek our advice and counsel concerning how to comply with pollution statutes and regulations. Our lawyers are happy to help evaluate, from an environmental law standpoint, the risks businesses face and how best to manage them.