KDV represents insurance companies nationwide in environmental, toxic and mass tort litigation. Our highly responsive team takes immediate action to review coverage and, if called for, mitigate damages by proactively managing cleanup efforts in emergency contamination accidents. We also handle Superfund and other long-term pollution cases to help clients redevelop previously toxic land. Our environmental lawyers work diligently to meet our clients’ needs by delivering written coverage opinions and coverage position letters regarding a variety of environmental issues, which include: first and third-party asbestos, silica, toxic mold, welding rod fumes, chemical exposure and other toxins that damage health and property. We understand that swift resolution is essential and aggressively pursue favorable resolution of claims.
First Party and Third Party Claims for Property Damage
KDV represents insurance companies in first and third party property damage claims involving chemical spills, transportation accidents and contaminated properties. Our attorneys handle coverage or liability issues involving damages to property, costs of cleanup, emergency response and business losses directly associated with the environmental disaster. We also advise insurance companies on claims filed by third parties that sustained property damages related to the contamination.
A company may be held liable for damages caused by a product released into commerce. Our attorneys diligently investigate the product’s path from manufacturing to the consumer to determine whether another source may be responsible for the defect or contamination of the product. We also consider improper product use and other contributing factors to the accident to minimize corporate liability and our client’s liability as the corporation’s insurer.
Regulatory and Compliance Matters
The manufacturing, transport, storage and use of chemicals are subject to a complicated web of local, state and federal regulations. Any given scenario involves multiple jurisdictions and agencies with numerous, often conflicting, laws. Corporations and their insurers are expected to know the law and follow the regulations. Our attorneys navigate clients through these complex regulations, conduct regulatory program reviews, help clients prepare for agency inspections and defend them against violations.
Soil, Water, Air Contamination
Our environmental lawyers advise insurance companies when their insureds face liability for soil, water and air contamination. We understand the urgency of resolving emergency situations, such as chemical spills and trucking accidents involving tractor-trailers carrying toxic materials, and we take decisive steps to investigate liability and assure quick cleanup to mitigate damages. We also handle cases involving Superfund sites and other long-time contaminated property.
Third-Party Claims for Bodily Injury
Our law firm defends against third party claims for bodily injuries caused by products liability and premises liability cases. We have substantial experience in class action and multidistrict litigation defenses that are typical in environmental torts and products liability claims.
|Of Counsel||Chicago, Illinois|
|Attorney||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Partner||New York, New York|
|Partner||Los Angeles, California|
|Partner & Chairperson of KDV's Construction Accident Practice Group||New York, New York|
|Partner||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Co-Managing Partner New York City Office||New York, New York|