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While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 clients in high-stakes, national litigation in a range of industries.

Chemicals, Cleaners and Pesticides

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Bowman and Brooke defends chemical, cleaner and pesticide product manufacturers in state and federal trial and appellate courts coast to coast.

The cases we defend often involve allegations of cancer, birth defects, and major organ diseases (e.g., diseases of the lungs, liver, kidneys and central nervous system), as well as other chronic and acute injuries allegedly resulting from inhalation, dermal, ocular and ingestion exposures. We have a great deal of experience defending against multiple chemical sensitivity claims. We have argued significant Daubert motions based on “junk science.” We have mastered the law and the science, and we deploy this knowledge to the benefit of our clients.

The outcome of chemical, cleaner and pesticide exposure cases turns upon science and reasoned application of the law to the facts of each particular case. Combining our courtroom prowess with the scientific and technical expertise of world-renowned experts, we have defended a wide variety of claims from asbestos to silica, to CERCLA and waste water.

  • Dec 30, 2013
    New York, NY

    On December 30, 2013, Judge Scheindlin from the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment motions brought by two defendants in this toxic torts litigation.  The Court held that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's claims, including environmental claims seeking abatement, were time barred under Puerto Rico's one year statute of limitations on torts—despite plaintiff’s argument that sovereign immunity allowed it to pursue claims beyond the statute of limitations.

  • Jul 05, 2005

    Judge rules in Ecolab's favor
    On July 5, 2005, Magistrate Alonzo P. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana entered summary judgment in favor of Ecolab Inc. and dismissed the claims of two nurses who alleged that their exposure to fumes of an Ecolab institutional floor wax stripper containing glycol ethers caused their two babies to suffer from the fatal birth defect anencephaly.

  • Mar 01, 2004

    Probate Court, Galveston, Texas, 2004 [178 S.W.3d 434]

  • Jan 01, 2001
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 2001.
  • June 16, 2021
    Bowman and Brooke LLP has maintained its position as a preeminent product defense firm, according to recently released 2021 United States rankings from The Legal 500.  The firm is ranked in ALL four product liability defense categories – Automotive, Pharmaceutical/Medical Device, Consumer and Toxic Tort.
  • August 27, 2020
    Legal Alert
    Manufacturers considering re-tasking resources to assist in producing hand sanitizer to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic should take heed of the FDA product requirements to avoid future liability.
  • April 22, 2020
    Legal Alert
    We have taken a deep dive into the potential product liability issues and FDA regulatory implications for companies that make – or will make for the first time – alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • June 3, 2019
    Bowman and Brooke continued a long tradition of high national ranking as The Legal 500 named the firm a top national practice in four product liability industries. Bowman and Brooke received recognition for the firm’s work in automotive defense, pharmaceutical and medical device defense, consumer defense and toxic tort defense. Toxic Tort defense is a new ranking for the firm in The Legal 500
  • May 11, 2016
    What is the best recipe for success when combating a Toxic Soup case? Our panel of trial lawyers and experts take you beyond the facts to craft a strong defense strategy to contest "Toxic Soup" cases.

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In addition to providing stellar legal counsel, we integrate our provision of other key services with the work of our legal teams. The result? Highly effective and efficient client service.

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We have tried cases in more than 350 courthouses in 48 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several Canadian provinces. Click to view representative cases.