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MASS TORT LITIGATION

Thompson Coburn’s Mass Tort Litigation attorneys first gained national recognition in the mid-1980s, when they defended Monsanto in several mass dioxin cases. One of those cases, Kemner v. Monsanto Co., brought by 65 plaintiffs, is the longest jury trial in U.S. history. Monsanto paid no damages in that case, and following its conclusion all of the remaining plaintiffs, numbering several hundred, voluntarily dismissed their cases without receiving a cent.

Since then, we have handled thousands of toxic tort cases for chemical and petroleum companies, agribusinesses, railroads and others. We have earned a reputation for achieving outstanding results both in settlement and at trial, a notable achievement because many of these cases were brought in the City of St. Louis and the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair, which have a history of substantial plaintiff verdicts.

We have successfully defended mass tort cases throughout the country, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In addition, we have served as national counsel to companies in the rail, automobile and general manufacturing industries in more than 20 states.

Our client won a summary judgment after excluding the plaintiffs’ experts in a multi-plaintiff case alleging brain damage due to organic solvents. The Ninth Circuit’s affirmance of that order is one of the major post-Daubert decisions.

On behalf of our client, we sued in federal court to bar the plaintiffs’ expert in a 40-plaintiff state-court brain damage case. The day we obtained the injunction barring the expert’s testimony, the plaintiffs' lawyer called and settled.

After securing a Lone Pine order against residents claiming groundwater contamination, we obtained a voluntary dismissal for our client when the plaintiffs could not produce causation evidence.

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6420

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liability and false advertising litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Liz represents consumer product manufacturers in high-stakes product liabil...

Liz Blackwell
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9438

Clients know Julian as an experienced and highly effective litigator who finds creative and novel approaches to all of the cases he handles, without sacrificing efficienc...

Clients know Julian as an experienced and highly effective litigator who fi...

Julian Brew
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6016

Paul is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP.

Paul is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP.

Paul Brown
Counsel
Southern Illinois
618 236 3469

Crystal practices in the firm's railroad litigation area.

Crystal practices in the firm's railroad litigation area.

Crystal Campbell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6250

David's litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, including the defense of manufacturers in product liability cases and the defense...

David's litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercia...

David Coffman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6019

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of which involve multi-party environmental litigation.

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of ...

Ed Cohen
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6551

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial litigation.

Heather defends clients facing consumer products claims and commercial liti...

Heather Counts
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6139

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, product liability, intellectual property, and class action defense.

Dan handles various types of complex litigation, including business, tort, ...

Dan Cox
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3424

Misty represents companies facing litigation in high-risk venues across southern Illinois.

Misty represents companies facing litigation in high-risk venues across sou...

Misty Edwards
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5033

Ryan represents clients in a variety of business matters, including contract disputes, commercial loan enforcement suits, construction litigation, foreclosures, business ...

Ryan represents clients in a variety of business matters, including contrac...

Ryan Gehbauer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6040

Allan’s practice includes preparation and trial work in product liability, asbestos, carpal tunnel syndrome, and legal and medical malpractice.

Allan’s practice includes preparation and trial work in product liability, ...

Allan Goodloe
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6166

Joe is an experienced environmental law counselor who provides actionable, common-sense advice to clients on a wide array of regulatory and litigation issues.

Joe is an experienced environmental law counselor who provides actionable, ...

Joe Kellmeyer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6066

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation, including the defense of railroad, product liability and other personal injury claims, and the...

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation,...

Nick Lamb
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3425

Erik practices in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on products liability, toxic torts, and railroad litigation.

Erik practices in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on products liabil...

Erik Lewis
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3467

Kevin is a litigation partner focusing in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort, personal injury, products liability, and railroad litigation.

Kevin is a litigation partner focusing in the areas of asbestos, toxic tort...

Kevin McGinley
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5035

Audrey is an associate in Business Litigation practice at Thompson Coburn.

Audrey is an associate in Business Litigation practice at Thompson Coburn.

Audrey Mense
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6081

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products liability, RICO, toxic tort claims, and contract disputes.

Mike has extensive experience in complex litigation, including products lia...

Mike Minton
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3415

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage litigation including FELA, trucking, product liability, class action and mass tort litigation.

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage l...

Kurt Reitz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6110

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occupational exposure litigation throughout the Midwest and across the country.

Dave represents railroads and major manufacturers in environmental and occu...

Dave Stratmann
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3411

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and railroad injury cases in some of the most difficult jurisdictions in the country.

For nearly 20 years, Erick has defended product liability, toxic tort, and ...

Erick VanDorn
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3429

Mike practices in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on products liability, toxic torts, and railroad litigation.

Mike practices in the Litigation Group, with an emphasis on products liabil...

Mike Vogel
Associate
Southern Illinois
618 236 3430

Ryan practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Ryan practices in the firm's railroad and toxic tort litigation areas.

Ryan Webb
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6350

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtrooms across the country.

Sue represents product manufacturers facing high-exposure suits in courtroo...

Sue Werstak
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6121

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporations in high-stakes litigation in venues across the country.

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporation...

Roman Wuller