Tanenbaum Keale LLP partner Timothy Freeman recently presented at the New Jersey Defense Association’s (NJDA) 58th Annual Convention, held June 27-30 in Manchester, Vermont. His presentation, entitled “Emerging PFAS Litigation Threat: How it Could Become a Mass Tort That Rivals Asbestos in its Scope and Breadth,” explored emerging litigation trends, related federal and state regulations, and potential future litigation scenarios related to a group of lab-made chemicals that are resistant to water, oil, grease and heat, collectively known as “PFAS.”

The NJDA’s Annual Convention brings together defense attorneys, insurance claim professionals, self-insurers, and other corporations who devote a substantial portion of their time to the defense of damage suits or to claims administration in the state of New Jersey.

As part of a robust CLE slate, Freeman discussed the underlying basis for PFAS lawsuits, potential liability for downstream users and sellers of products and component parts containing PFAS, and thoughts regarding how manufacturers and sellers can prepare for a potential avalanche of future litigation.

Freeman focuses his practice on products liability defense. His clients include manufacturers of heavy equipment, industrial appliances, consumer products and automobiles. He regularly provides counsel to clients in high-exposure, complex litigation from the moment a complaint is filed until the final appeal is resolved.