Dealing with PFAS water contamination can quickly become complicated and costly, and the repercussions can be catastrophic. We work with clients to help them fund water treatment and remediation costs.
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Our team has the only lawyers in the country who have tried multiple PFOA cases successfully against 3M and DuPont, the primary defendants in PFAS lawsuits. Our team’s extensive PFAS experience has led to a number of our attorneys holding leadership positions in the current PFAS AFFF multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Our team is the only one with access to an extensive library of documents from 3M and DuPont, demonstrating they knew PFAS was harmful and purposefully provided false information to the public about its dangers. These documents cannot be replicated by anyone else, giving us an unmatched advantage when preparing for and during lawsuits.
We have 20+ years exclusively representing water suppliers in contamination cases. The polluters we aim to hold accountable know that we are very experienced in our field and that we are not afraid of going to trial.
Those responsible for the contamination are some of the largest chemical companies in the country, and we have the resources and the commitment to see this through and get water systems the best possible outcome.
Collectively, we represent over 100 clients — including states, municipalities, water suppliers, and airports in a PFAS multidistrict litigation (MDL).
SL Environmental focuses exclusively on complex water contamination litigation and has over 20 years of experience working with public and private water utilities, cities and state governments. Since 2003, SL Environmental has represented over 150 clients in contamination cases that involve PFAS, 1,2,3-TCP, Perchlorate and MTBE, resulting in over $1.2 billion recovered in settlements and trials. Members of the firm hold positions on the Sovereign Committee, the Water Provider Committee, and Discovery Committee in the AFFF multidistrict litigation in the District of South Carolina (“AFFF MDL”), giving SL an upper hand in the MDL proceeding.
The Law Office of Kevin Madonna, PLLC was formed in 2000 by founding partners Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Kevin Madonna, who specialize in complex environmental and consumer litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Both Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Madonna have served in leadership roles for Waterkeeper Alliance, which operates a network of over 300 water protection programs around the world. Together they successfully recovered millions for the treatment of environmental contamination in communities in Florida and Michigan, and received a jury verdict of $396 million against DuPont for poisoning a West Virginia community. Mr. Madonna is a founding member of our team of legal specialists and works diligently on our ongoing litigation in the MDL.
Douglas & London has over two decades of litigation experience. In prosecuting cases, the firm’s co-founding partners have served in leadership roles and as trial counsel in some of the largest national MDLs in the country. In the C-8 MDL, Gary Douglas served as co-lead trial counsel in the first two trial cases and lead counsel in the third case, securing a total combined award of more than $20 million for the three plaintiffs. Michael London served as the lead negotiator for settlement in the C-8 litigation, successfully negotiating a $670.7 million settlement with DuPont. Mr. Douglas and Mr.London currently serve on thePlaintiffs Executive Committee in the AFFF MDL.
Robert Bilott, partner at from Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP filed the first case in the country that resulted in the discovery and public disclosure of PFOA in drinking water supplies for approximately 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio attributable to DuPont. Mr. Bilott helped negotiate and obtain a class settlement in 2004 that secured benefits for the class valued in excess of $300 million, including water filtration systems for impacted private and public water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio, blood testing of 69,000 people, and eventual medical monitoring and establishment of general causation findings for personal injury claims. With nearly 25 years’ experience fighting against some of the biggest chemical companies, Mr. Bilott plays a vital role in our litigation team.
Levin Papantonio Rafferty is recognized as one of the top litigation firms in the country. Its team of over thirty attorneys have been litigating personal injury and products liability cases since its inception in 1955. Members of the firm have served on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees and/or Plaintiffs’ Executive Committees in over 20 MDLs across the nation. The firm focuses on all aspects of trial preparation for our PFAS cases, including working up expert reports, organizing discovery, taking depositions, organizing trial exhibits, and drafting and defending motions in limine and Daubert motions.
"I appreciate SL Environmental Law Group’s commitment to the cause. They win only if we win, and they give it all in the process. This allowed us to move quickly at no risk for our rate payers."
Interim GM, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District (ME)
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s. During production and use, PFAS can migrate into soil, water, and air; but they don’t steadily biodegrade like other contaminants. Because of their widespread use over the past decades and their persistence in the environment, PFAS have also been found in people and animals’ blood. Studies have shown a link between exposure to specific PFAS and a variety of health effects, including altered immune and thyroid function, liver disease, lipid and insulin dysregulation, kidney disease, adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes, and cancer.
Water sources in all 50 states are known to be contaminated with PFAS, potentially impacting over 200 million Americans.
Many states have a regulatory limit for PFAS, while others have health advisories and are considering regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a limit for PFAS detections in water far lower than what is in place or being considered by individual states. Entities that find PFAS in their groundwater face shutting down the contaminated water sources and implementing clean-up plans that often include building and operating water treatment facilities to remove the contaminants from the water. The costs to test the water, treat it, and fund ongoing operations and maintenance can be in the millions of dollars.
There is evidence showing that chemical companies knew PFAS was harmful as far back as the 1950s but continued manufacturing and selling products containing the chemicals. The law allows affected entities to sue the chemical companies responsible, in order to secure funds to cover the cleanup costs.