Every year, millions of Americans are victims of industrial hazards, commercial negligence and municipal decision making that results in debilitating or even life-threatening injuries to entire communities. Our New York mass torts lawyers operate in this area of litigation and not only understand the process of discovery in complex cases, but also have the time and resources to invest in building a case around complex topics such as environmental contamination, property damage, illness, and exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. has vast experience in mass tort litigation and has acted as co-lead counsel in many well-known cases in New York and New Jersey. The Firm’s diverse areas of expertise played a major role in our being selected as one of only six firms to represent the State of New York in its landmark litigation against the tobacco industry – which won $25 billion for the State.
The Firm also had the honor of representing 363 firefighters and families of deceased firefighters in the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund securing more than $265 million for them, and not charging any legal fee earning the firm the National Law Journal’s 2004 Pro bono Award.
Following the closure of the VCF, the Firm represented more than 600 firefighters sickened by exposures at the World Trade Center disaster site. The World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, as the case became known, lasted for over seven years in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Appointed co-liaison counsel, the firm assumed a leading role in a long, difficult fight to secure compensation for all of these brave individuals.
In June 2010, as the trial date approached, serving as co-liaison counsel for the injured workers, SPBMC helped secure a $600 Million-plus settlement with the lawyers for the defendants.