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Webinar – Beyond PFAS 101: Understanding Technical Approaches in PFAS Liability Assessment

Posted on September 14, 2020

Beyond PFAS 101: Understanding Technical Approaches in PFAS Liability Assessment
Presented by Catherine Boston, MPH, Kelly Coulon, P.E., & Ryan Stifter, M.S. of Roux, and Margaret Holden of Sive, Paget & Riesel
Tuesday, September 29th at 1pm-2pm EDT

While still considered emerging contaminants, disputes over PFAS have arrived—and they are here to stay. Landmark settlements by DuPont and 3M during 2017 and 2018 totaled more than $1.5 billion and sparked a wave of litigation seeking compensation for personal injury, remediation costs, and private and public property damage, among other harms. Legal settlements have already given rise to insurance claims, and the property and casualty industry expects sustained exposure. Future regulatory action and the ubiquitous nature of PFAS is sure to continue widening the swathe of defendants beyond the major manufacturers.

While any dispute over contamination involves technical issues, PFAS present a particularly daunting challenge. Because our scientific understanding of PFAS and its effects is building as the proverbial plane is flying, technical positions underlying causation, impact, damages valuation, and allocation naturally embody significant uncertainty.

This webinar will arm counsel and carriers with tools for recognizing and leveraging technical uncertainty in defending PFAS liability exposure. Our panelists draw from their academic research, due diligence counseling, litigation support, and insurance claim support on PFAS toxicity, impact, damages valuation, and allocation. As this webinar moves past PFAS 101, a basic understanding of the chemicals and their role as human and environmental contaminants is a useful prior. Please register below: 

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Roux Associates

Our Presenters


Catherine Boston, MPHCatherine Boston, MPH
Principal Scientist/Risk Assessor

Kelly Coulon, P.E.Kelly Coulon, P.E.
Principal Engineer

Ryan Stifter, M.S.Ryan Stifter, M.S.
Principal, Economic & Complex Analytics, Roux

Margaret HoldenMargaret Holden
Sive, Paget & Riesel