Environmental litigation can be based on any of hundreds of local, state and federal laws intended to protect the environment. It can be filed by a government agency seeking to enforce its laws; a nonprofit organization seeking to enforce the law; or individuals and companies with personal injuries or financial problems resulting from environmental contamination. Because environmental damage can be difficult to prove and expensive to repair, environmental suits are often very contentious. Among the duties of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is administering abandoned hazardous waste sites designated as “Superfund” sites, named for the trust fund that was established in 1980 to pay for their cleanup. Because that fund has proven insufficient, litigation often arises over financial responsibility for Superfund sites’ cleanup.
Types of cases:
• Enforcement of Local, State and Federal Environmental Laws
• Superfund Liability
• Land Use
• Contaminated Real Estate
• Insurance Disputes
Related topics: Environmental Toxins, Soil and Water Contamination, Chemical Exposure, Toxic Mold, Mesothelioma, Asbestos, BP Oil Spill
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• Benlate Fungicide
• BP Oil Spill
• Chemical Exposure
• Environmental Toxins
• Lead Poisoning, Lead Paint
• Soil and Water Contamination
• Toxic Mold
• Vinyl Chloride
Environmental Litigation Overview
The area of environmental litigation is quite broad and includes national and regional issues. Working with insurance companies on environmental claims is a significant component of some of the litigation. Environmental coverage issues are currently being vigorously litigated in many state and federal courts throughout the country.
In general, environmental attorneys often work with insurers to defend corporate policyholders against environmental claims asserted by governmental agencies and private parties seeking damages under state and federal environmental laws. In addition, these attorneys work with companies of many sizes and assist with a wide variety of environmental areas.