Practice & Industry Expertise

Mass Disasters

Like class actions, mass disaster litigation involve complex mixtures of transactional contracts, express and implied warranties, state and federal consumer protection, health and safety statutes and regulations, state of the art technology, complex questions of science, engineering, and medicine, and economic analyses. Technical disciplines span security and safety, product reliability, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, physics, hydraulics, electronics and electrical engineering, toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology, injury mechanisms, and more.  Legal issues involve federal statutory and decisional law on preemption, Federal Aviation Act, Food and Drug Act, the Class Action Fairness Act, the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, and numerous state common and statutory laws applicable to security, health, safety, strict liability, warranty, unfair and deceptive practices, and fraud.

Campbell Trial Lawyers has been retained on a number of occasions to act on behalf of clients involved in mass disasters such as explosions, fires, bus rollovers, plane crashes and other large-scale events.

Campbell Trial Lawyers was retained shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by US Airways and its lead insurer, Global Aerospace, to defend the company and its officers, directors, and employees in the 9/11 Commission investigation and the civil actions that followed the mass disaster. Read more about our involvement in the 9/11 litigation here.

Another example of our experience involved the Lafarge cement slag release in Charlestown in September of 2006.  This slag release involved personal injury claims and lawsuits by more than 100 claimants, property damage claims for 332 new automobiles, many homes and businesses, hundreds of Boston school buses.  We also handled the crisis management for the company: hiring a public relations firm, prepping the company spokes person for multiple press conferences on the night of the release and advising and representing the company with respect to the City of Boston, State and Federal government agency investigations into the release.


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