May 13, 2010, Complimentary Webinar
Over the last decade, nuisance (public and private) has become a favorite
weapon of the plaintiffs' bar. Corporate defendants have paid hundreds of
millions of dollars to plaintiffs in verdicts and settlements. Plaintiffs,
including environmental groups and state and local governments, have bypassed
administrative and legislative channels to achieve regulation through litigation
– forcing corporations to change their behavior even if they fully complied with
This tort's threat reached red-alert status last year with several
significant developments. With the threat level so high, corporate defendants
with potential exposure in environmental contamination, chemical and/or
greenhouse gas emission, climate change, or products liability litigation need
to understand nuisance and how to neutralize the danger.
In this presentation, partners
Williams (chair of the firm's Toxic Tort and Environmental
- Trace the evolution of nuisance law over the past few years.
- Explain recent trends and key decisions.
- Discuss the implications for various industries going forward.
- Suggest strategies for defending against nuisance litigation.
Also of interest is a
recent article on climate change lawsuits authored
by Trent Taylor.