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

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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This CLE course will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent science related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The panel will discuss 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 have made headlines recently as state regulators have begun implementing strict new regulations of the chemicals. 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 and industrial products.

EPA recently released a long-term action plan for PFAS, and states have issued new health advisories, groundwater cleanup standards, and sampling requirements.

The new PFAS regulation arrives at the same time as a growing trend in toxic tort litigation involving emerging contaminants. PFAS regulation and toxic tort litigation are challenging accepted notions of risk-based science as environmental advocates push for ever-stricter regulations of emerging contaminants and plaintiffs have been successful in toxic tort litigation involving PFAS, glyphosate, and other chemicals in consumer products.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law experts discusses the most recent science regarding PFAS, analyzes the most notable litigation--decided and ongoing, 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
  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 regarding 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 risks of PFAS?


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

Vice President
Sanborn Head & Assoc.

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

Brown, Marvin
Marvin C. Brown, IV

Baker & Hostetler

Mr. Brown's litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of industries, with an emphasis on white collar and...  |  Read More

Thurlow, Matthew
Matt Thurlow

Baker & Hostetler

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

Zemba, Stephen
Stephen (Steve) 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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