COMPLEX TORT LITIGATION
Redressing harm and safeguarding the future.
We represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries and environmental harm due to unsafe products, toxic substances, or other forms of injury and abuse.
Our nationally recognized trial attorneys represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries and environmental harm due to unsafe products, toxic substances, medical negligence, or other forms of injury and abuse. Our primary objectives are to ensure injured victims receive just restitution through the court system and to hold responsible parties accountable.
We pursue complex torts often involving national crises and issues related to industry negligence — many of our cases are closely watched by the media and regulators alike. Some have set legal precedent, while others have influenced government investigations, new legislation, or regulatory change – all to mitigate future wrongdoing and injury.
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We have the unique honor and distinction of being court appointed Lead Trial Counsel or Lead/Co-lead Counsel in several of the largest complex class and environmental toxic tort mass actions in recent U.S. history, including:
- Flint, Michigan Water Crisis Litigation: On July 26, 2017, Cohen Milstein was court-appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in this high-profile class action involving the blatant failure of Michigan state and city officials, including the Governor of Michigan, to provide 100,000 citizens and business with safe drinking water, instead providing them with poisonous, lead-tainted water, as reported in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, and other national publications.
- DuPont/Chemours Cape Fear River Water Contamination Litigation: On January 4, 2018, Cohen Milstein was court-appointed Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in this significant putative toxic tort class action against DuPont and Chemours, which, since 1980, have knowingly dumped toxic chemical by-products into the Cape Fear River, affecting potentially more than 770,000 residents in North Carolina, and lied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators, as reported in The Washington Post and Triangle Business Journal.
Our cases frequently involve issues of national significance and allow us to effect change not only through the courts, but through advocacy efforts before state and federal legislatures, and regulators, as demonstrated below:
- Lindsay X-LITE Guardrails: As reported by The TODAY Show, in June 2017 we filed a series of individual wrongful death lawsuits against the Lindsay Corporation, alleging that the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail system, installed on roadways in 29 states across the United States, is defective, contributing to such deaths. Since that time, additional cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury have been filed against Lindsay Corporation. We have also met with federal and state transportation and highway officials and legislators to discuss Lindsay X-LITE safety concerns.
Results of our lawsuits have had far-reaching consequences:
- Managed Care: The American Association for Justice lists Chipps v. Humana as one of the most influential cases in recent U.S. history, for its mitigation of corruption in the healthcare and managed care industries. This landmark lawsuit, involving the discontinued care of a severely disabled child with cerebral palsy, uncovered widespread fraud at Humana, including the payment of bonuses to physicians and nurses based on the number of medical claims they denied each month.
- Takata Airbags: As reported in the New York Times and Reuters, our discovery efforts in Mincey v. Takata furthered the U.S. Department of Justice investigations into Takata Corporation and its subsequent recall efforts of Takata airbags – one of the largest recalls in U.S. history.
We respect the courage and strength of our clients to come forward and pursue litigation. We pursue their claims aggressively, if need be, all the way to a jury trial and through appeal. Through every step of the litigation process, we keep our clients’ interests and goals central to our focus and strategy.
Complex tort claims often require intensive investigation to determine the way in which a product, substance, professional or other individual caused harm, injury, or death. Such investigation is particularly important to uncover negligent, fraudulent, or deceptive conduct taken to conceal harmful products, substances, or other abuses. During these investigations, we work closely with subject matter experts, and/or medical professionals who are focused on accident, crime scene, and forensic analysis, to present the most compelling case to the court.
Through our diligence, we have been able to uncover patterns of corporate and institutional negligence, fraud, and abuse. Through the court system, we have helped clients receive just compensation and have stopped defendants from continuing to put harmful products on the marketplace or continuing to engage in abusive, unethical behavior at the expense of the public.
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Cohen Milstein is representing plaintiffs in a wrongful death and property damage mass action against the United States Department of Interior and National Park Service (NPS) for the negligence of its employees to perform their duties during The Chimney Tops 2 Fire in Tennessee, which originated in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ultimately damaged or destroyed 2,500 homes, buildings and other structures, and killed more than a dozen people.
Bains, et al. v. Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc. (S.D. Ind.): On April 13, 2023, Cohen Milstein filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit against Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc. (Securitas) for its role in the deadly mass shooting that occurred on April 15, 2021 at the FedEx Ground Package facility on Mirabel Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. Securitas provided security guard services to the FedEx Ground facility.
Bains, et al. v. American Tactical, Inc., et al. (W.D.N.Y.): On April 13, 2023, Cohen Milstein and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a negligence, public nuisance and unlawful marketing lawsuit against American Tactical, Inc. and others involved in the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of the 60-round high-capacity magazine (HCM) used by the perpetrator in a deadly mass shooting on April 15, 2021 at a FedEx Ground Package facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tragically, thirteen people were shot during the attack. Eight died. At least five other people were injured.
Doe v. Felipe Vazquez (M.D. Fla.): Cohen Milstein represented Jane Doe in a sexual abuse civil lawsuit against Felipe Vazquez, a renowned professional Major League Baseball player, who allegedly sexually assaulted Doe for years, starting as early as when she was 12 years old. On August 16, 2023, the Court awarded Doe over $11 million in this civil lawsuit against Vazquez.
Philip Gillig’s family and doctors spent over a two-month period attempting to gain HMO authorization for specialized care, antibiotic treatment, surgery, and hospitalization. Their attempts failed due to United Healthcare employees’ refusal to return calls and their misconduct in sending calls to a voicemail system at United Healthcare that they knew was “full” and could […]
Chipps v. Humana Health Insurance Co. of Florida: After six years of litigation and a four-week jury trial examining Humana’s internal documents and abrupt termination of its managed care program for 100 catastrophically ill children in Florida in complete violation of its own policies and procedures, the jury awarded the Chipps family more than $1.03 million in compensatory and $78.5 million in punitive damages. This landmark lawsuit uncovered widespread fraud at Humana, including the payment of bonuses to physicians and nurses based on the number of medical claims they denied each month.