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Personal Injury and PFAS: Liability of Manufacturers and Downstream Industrial Users to Individuals and Communities

May 5, 2021 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT

This CLE webinar by Strafford will explore the controversial, urgent, and complicated issues arising in lawsuits seeking to recover damages or other relief for exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The program will review the injuries, costs, and claims being asserted by individuals, secondary users, landowners, and others allegedly arising from PFAS use, storage, and disposal as well as the broad range of plaintiffs bringing suit arising from this "forever chemical." 

Featuring guest speaker Emily M. Lamond, attorney at Cole Schotz.


  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of PFAS
  3. Overview of Federal and State Regulation
    1. CERCLA Hazardous Substance Listing
    2. Development of Federal and State Groundwater Standards
    3. Toxicity Issues
  4. Review of Leading PFAS Litigation
    1. Actions by States
    2. Personal Injury Claims
    3. Source Identification, Theories of Liability, Causation and Damages
  5. Lessons From PFAS Exposure Cases and Best Practices
  6. Q&A


The panel will review these and other issues:

  • What is the source of information about PFAS and its impact on health?
  • What is the legacy of Leach v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-698 (Wood County W. Va. Cir. Ct.)?
  • What is the current state of regulation at the state and federal levels?
  • What are the challenges in proving causation?
  • What causes of action are being alleged?
  • What is the state of current and ongoing litigation over PFAS?

This 90-minute webinar is eligible in most states for 1.5 CLE credits.


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