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Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation

The Environmental and Toxic Tort Practice Group has long been one of the most active practice groups in our litigation endeavors in the states of Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio and New York. Our environmental and toxic tort defense attorneys focus on the legal representation of defendants in toxic tort personal injury actions, environmental property damage claims, environmental remediations and insurance coverage disputes arising out of environmental or toxic tort matters.
Since the inception of toxic tort litigation, we have been heavily involved in a wide variety of such matters. Beginning in the mid-1970s, we represented Johns Manville Corporation, the largest manufacturer of asbestos products in North America, in all asbestos litigation in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Since the establishment of the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust in the late 1980s, we have served as Northeast Region Consulting Counsel for the Trust.
Personal Injury & Property Damage Asbestos
In addition, we have represented other major corporations in both personal injury and property damage asbestos matters. We also have defended numerous clients in cases arising from exposure to:

  • TCE
  • PCBs
  • Welding fumes
  • Adhesives
  • Pesticides
  • Epoxies
  • Asphalt fumes
  • Silica
  • Lead paint
  • Toxic dusts
  • Formaldehyde
  • Gasoline
  • Commercial lubricants
  • HVAC contaminants
  • Other allegedly toxic materials

We have actively participated in class action and multi-district litigation in the toxic tort field.
In addition, our toxic tort litigation attorneys have handled numerous environmental matters. We have represented a great number of clients in litigation arising out of Superfund landfill clean-ups, private cost recovery actions, soil or ground water contamination, drinking water contamination, leaking underground storage tanks, indoor air pollution (sick building syndrome) and others.
In conjunction with our firm's Insurance Coverage and Appellate Advocacy practice groups, we also represent insurance carriers in insurance coverage matters which arise out of underlying environmental or toxic tort cases and in which a thorough knowledge of the environmental and toxic tort areas is crucial to proper handling of coverage issues.
An understandable concern of every client in significant environmental and toxic tort cases is the extent of legal fees and costs. Our firm began as an insurance defense firm, and, although we have expanded our practice areas considerably, we have never lost our sensitivity to our clients' desire to control legal expenses. This is especially true in the environmental and toxic tort areas where multi-party, complex cases make control of expenses all that more important. We always handle cases with a practical, results-oriented approach which balances strong representation of our clients with realistic cost containment.  Not only do we offer a competitive fee structure, but we also work with our clients to develop innovative, alternative approaches to normal file handling which result in considerable savings without sacrificing quality legal representation.
We would welcome the opportunity to work with you in handling your environmental and toxic tort litigation. We are also available to give presentations or to conduct training seminars on environmental and toxic tort topics at your location or ours.

Aug 24, 2018
The defense prevailed on a motion for summary judgment as to liability in an environmental case involving claims related to a leaking underground storage tank (UST). Our client sued a fuel delivery company under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and...
Aug 25, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys prevailed on a motion for summary judgment as to liability in an environmental case involving claims related to a leaking underground storage tank (UST). In this environmental subrogation case, we represented a major...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in a toxic tort case involving claims of mold exposure. The defense represented an environmental testing company hired by the company that performed a remediation in the plaintiffs' home following a sewage backup in...
Jun 6, 2011
Attorney obtained summary judgment as to all five counts of the plaintiffs' complaint. In this environmental and toxic tort action, our office represented the prior owner of a property where it was discovered that an underground storage tank had...
Apr 1, 2011
Attorney successfully defended a coal miner's claim for Federal Black Lung benefits. The parties had stipulated (based upon prior judicial determinations in the miner's prior claims) that the miner worked in underground coal mining for 37 years and...
Oct 18, 2010
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a toxic exposure claim brought against a pest control company. The plaintiff in the case requested that our client perform a termite treatment on her house. She claimed that she informed the pest control...
Aug 2, 2010
Attorney succeeded in having the Appellate Division affirm two (2) trial court decisions. The case arose out of the discovery of a leaking underground oil tank on a property. The property owners' were sued by several neighboring property owners...
Jul 19, 2010
Attorney successfully defended a high dollar claim on behalf of a well known car manufacturer. Claimant suffered an occupational disease as a result of inhaling fumes from a urethane adhesive while working for the manufacturer and suffered...
Apr 26, 2010
Attorney obtained a summary judgment for a correctional services food service provider for toxic tort claims of six correctional officers alleging exposure to mold in the prison. The judge agreed, in a published opinion, that the service provider...
Sep 29, 2008
Attorneys won a toxic tort medical monitoring class action when the court granted defendants' motion for summary judgment as to one of the two class plaintiffs. This decision essentially resulted in a dismissal of the case against defendant. The...


Defense Digest Article March 1, 2015
Key Points: Six-year statute of limitations does not apply to private claims for contribution made pursuant to the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act). Under the Spill Act, a “discharger” may pursue a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2014
By Christopher N. Santoro, Esq. and Christine P. Dower, Esq.* Key Points: Since Tooey, which allowed employees who develop latent occupational diseases to file common law actions against employers, litigation against employers in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By Kevin T. Bright, Esq.* Key points: Private claims for contribution under the New Jersey Spill Act are subject to a six-year statute of limitations. The six-year statute of limitations period is subject to the discovery rule...., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Articles July 26, 2011
The Legal Intelligencer, Vol. 244 No. 17, Tuesday, July 26, 2011


January 5, 2017
Tiffany J. Giangiulio, Esq., has joined the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a shareholder in the firm's Casualty Department. Ms. Giangiulio concentrates her practice in the areas of asbestos and mass tort, environmental and toxic tort, and product liability...


Lila Wynne
Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group, NJ
(856) 414-6026
Daniel J. Ryan Jr.
Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group
(215) 575-2740

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