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Law Seminars International Presents: PFAS Litigation in the Pacific Northwest

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September 1, 2020

Event Dates: September 14 & 15, 2020

Location: Virtual Via Interactive Zoom Broadcast

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Jessica Ferrell and Jeff Kray will be speaking at Law Seminar International’s timely comprehensive conference on preparing for the wave of PFAS Litigation in the Pacific Northwest. As program co-chair, Jeff Kray will be introducing the program alongside fellow co-chair Ralph H. Palumbo of Yarmuth Wilsdon.

On September 14th (Day 1) at 1:15pm, Jessica Ferrell will be presenting on State Responses to the Slow Pace of the Federal Response, including the Regulatory Trends and will focus on trends in state adoption of Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) standards under the Clean Water Act.

Following this presentation, Jeff Kray will be presenting an Update on the Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation at 2:30pm, which will focus on the nature of the consolidated cases, and key issues to be resolved

Program Overview

Who Will Benefit from Attending

Litigators, environmental attorneys, and consultants embroiled in the rapidly growing area of PFAS litigation, legal and technical water practitioners, land use planners, and other environmental professionals

Why You will Benefit from Attending

This comprehensive two-day conference focuses on the emerging wave of PFAS litigation involving sites in the Pacific Northwest. PFAS chemicals do not break down in the environment, have adverse health effects, and have been estimated to be present in the bodies of 99% of the U.S. population. As a result, cities and states, as well as the US EPA, have begun to issue guidance and, in some cases, Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), surface water quality standards, and groundwater quality standards for PFAS.

We have assembled a group of distinguished experts to help you most effectively participate in litigation arising from PFAS contamination. You'll hear from experts on the chemistry, sources, persistency in the environment, and resulting health impacts, with an eye toward building the best possible record.

On the legal side, we'll discuss regulatory responses, liability theories and defenses, special issues for cases involving federal facilities, risk management for potentially responsible parties, and practical tips for approaching PFAS cases.

We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a lively discussion. To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, this will be an interactive Zoom broadcast.

This includes the virtual reception at the end of the first day. Grab your favoriate beverage and snack to join us for a less formal conversation about what is happeing in the PFAS litigation world.

~ Jeff B. Kray, Esq. of Marten Law and Ralph Palumbo, Esq. of Yarmuth Wilsdon, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • The chemistry: Toxicity, occurrence, fate and transport of PFAS chemicals
  • Federal regulatory developments
  • State responses and regulatory trends
  • Update on the Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation
  • Update on Washington State's drinking water and toxic cleanup programs
  • State enforcement efforts against federal facilities
  • CERCLA designations as a potential game changer
  • Remediation planning
  • PFAS fingerprinting
  • Risk management for Potentially Responsible Parties
  • Practical tips for approaching PFAS cases

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