Sean Patterson

Sean Patterson

Sedgwick LLP

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California Appellate Court Finds Employer Has No Duty to Future Child for Parent-Employee’s Preconception Exposure to Toxins

The preconception tort is essentially any tortious conduct occurring prior to a child’s conception that results in harm to the child. This type of claim, which has been recognized in California since 1982, can cover all...more

3/3/2014 - Birth Defects Duty of Care Toxic Exposure

Threshold for Admissibility of Expert Opinion Affirmed by Pennsylvania Appellate Court

Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court recently affirmed an order granting summary judgment for Rohm and Haas (R&H) in a chemical exposure wrongful death action, finding the plaintiff’s expert’s opinion regarding...more

1/2/2014 - Admissibility Causation Expert Testimony Expert Witness Wrongful Death

OSHA’s New Web Resources: A Policy Shift?

On October 24, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled two new “web resources” now available to the public. These resources consist of two websites, which OSHA has promoted as an attempt to...more

11/19/2013 - OSHA

C6 Litigation Given Reprieve in California by the Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reopened the door for “C6” plaintiffs in California when it overturned the summary judgment and evidentiary rulings of Northern District Judge Susan Illston. ...more

7/1/2013 - Burden of Proof Causation Evidence Toxic Exposure

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update: January 2013 - Plaintiffs Bear the Burden of Establishing Causation by Competent Expert...

Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ended 16 years of toxic tort litigation relating to fugitive hexavalent chromium (C6) exposure involving the City of Willits and...more

1/7/2013 - Burden of Proof Causation Contamination Evidence Expert Testimony Groundwater

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