PFAS: State Regulation, Private Litigation, Recent Science, and Risks and Liabilities

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, May 16, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, April 19, 2019

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent science related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), recent precedent-setting cases and recently enacted legislation that will impact PFAS regulation and liability, and focus on the rapidly developing state regulatory environment and its impact on clients across industries.


PFAS chemicals have made headlines as countless communities learned they were exposed to this toxin. PFAS includes a class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals used in firefighting foams, food packaging, stain- and water-repellent fabrics, dental floss, nonstick cookware, and many other consumer products.

Faced with EPA inaction, states are filling the gap with stringent health advisories, groundwater cleanup standards, and PFAS guidelines for drinking water.

Similarly, last year multiple notable cases against toxics were decided. One case in the Ninth Circuit resulted in the ban of chlorpyrifos, which is sprayed on food and is alleged to be unsafe for public health. A former groundskeeper won the first successful civil lawsuit over claims that the popular herbicide Roundup caused his cancer: A California jury awarded him more than $289 million in compensatory and punitive damages against the chemical company. And there are over 4,000 other civil cases like this pending in the courts.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law experts discusses the most recent science behind PFAS, analyzes the most notable decided--and ongoing--litigation, explains how states are regulating these chemicals, and provides practical guidance for practitioners to help advise and limit client exposure across industries.



  1. PFAS overview
  2. Recent science
  3. Litigation and case law
  4. State regulation of PFAS
  5. Practical guidance: assessing risks and liabilities
  6. Future trends


The panel will review these and other essential issues:

  • What is the latest science behind PFAS?
  • What should companies and counsel do to ensure compliance with differing state standards for PFAS?
  • What new federal regulation of PFAS is EPA considering?
  • What types of legal claims are PFAS defendants facing from government and private litigation?
  • What steps should environmental counsel take to minimize the litigation and regulatory risk of PFAS?


Abell, Russell
Russell Abell, P.G., LSP

Vice President
Sanborn Head & Associates

Mr. Abell has over 20 years of experience nationally focusing on hydrogeology and fate and transport analysis. His...  |  Read More

Thurlow, Matthew
Matthew D. Thurlow


Mr. Thurlow is an environmental litigator with significant experience in environmental matters brought under the Clean...  |  Read More

Zemba, Stephen
Stephen Zemba, Ph.D., P.E.

Project Director
Sanborn Head & Associates

Dr. Zemba has over three decades of experience nationally as an environmental consulting specialist in the area of...  |  Read More

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