Understanding Toxic Torts
The number of toxic tort cases has increased dramatically over the last thirty years, as a result of rising awareness of and activism over injuries caused by environmental pollutants and unsafe products. Due to the nature of chemical accidents and the long latency periods of many diseases associated with toxic substances, large populations often are exposed to toxics. As a result, many toxic tort lawsuits are brought as class actions. Examples of toxic tort litigation in recent years include cases concerning Agent Orange use in Viet Nam, toxic waste disposal in the Love Canal area of New York, radiation from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, and the chemical cloud released by the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.
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