Toxic Tort Class Actions: Navigating Removal, Certification, Daubert Challenges and More

Pursuing or Defending Class Claims Over Chemical Injuries Amid Evolving Court Standards

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

Conducted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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This CLE webinar will examine recent developments in toxic tort class litigation, focusing on issues of removal, class certification standards, Daubert challenges and more. The panel will discuss best practices for pursing or defending against environmental, occupational and product-related chemical injury claims in a rapidly evolving legal climate.


Toxic tort class actions involving environmental, occupational and product-related chemical exposures have exploded over the past two decades. Damages in these cases can reach into the millions of dollars and beyond.

The U.S. Supreme Court and several lower courts have issued a number of key rulings in recent years that impact how toxic tort class claims are litigated. Changes to class certification standards, clarification on issues such as removal under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), and increased scrutiny of experts at the class certification stage all affect plaintiff and defense strategies in toxic tort class litigation

Listen as our authoritative panel reviews the complex legal issues that class counsel face when bringing or defending against toxic tort class claims. The panel will analyze the latest trends in toxic tort class litigation, discuss the impact of recent court rulings on certification and CAFA removal, and outline strategies for increasing the likelihood of prevailing in these lawsuits.



  1. Class actions involving toxic torts—latest case law trends
  2. Impact of recent decisions on class certification and removal
  3. Litigation strategies—plaintiff and defense perspective


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How are recent court rulings impacting the types of toxic tort class actions plaintiffs are pursuing?
  • What are the emerging hot topics that remain unresolved in toxic tort class actions?
  • What are the best strategies for pursuing or defending against these suits?


Marc J. Bern
Marc J. Bern

Senior Partner
Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik

Mr. Bern is a nationally-recognized plaintiffs’-bar trial attorney and a founding and Senior Partner of his...  |  Read More

Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov
Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov

Steptoe & Johnson

Ms. Quinn-Barabanov concentrates her practice on class actions, mass torts, toxic torts, product liability...  |  Read More

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