Berger Montague Named Environmental Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania by Corporate Intl Magazine

DATE: January 25, 2017

Berger Montague has been named the “Environmental Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania” by Corporate Intl Magazine. Corporate Intl awards honor those who have shown excellence in both expertise and service over the past 12 months.

In order to select award winners, Corporate Intl’s independent research and editorial teams conduct detailed research to create a shortlist of up to five potential winners for each award category. The teams consider the following criteria when building their shortlists:

  • Service type
  • Service range
  • Business type
  • Geographical location
  • How the business operates
  • The expertise each team can offer to companies that either trade or may want to trade in their chosen jurisdiction

The finalized shortlists are then reviewed by an independent awards panel, which selects the winners.

Corporate Intl Magazine is a monthly publication read by business leaders, professional advisers, investors, and in-house counsel worldwide. The magazine has a printed and electronic distribution of over 70,000 individuals and includes up-to-date news on the global and regional business environment, expert commentary from leading business advisers around the world, and global analysis on active markets and sectors.

Berger Montague attorneys are trailblazers in the fields of environmental class action litigation and mass torts. One of the firm’s most notable environmental cases is Cook v. Rockwell International Corporation. This is one of the longest-running cases in the United States and involves plutonium releases from the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site northwest of Denver, Colorado. The case was filed in January 1990 against The Dow Chemical Company and Rockwell International Corporation, companies that managed the plant from 1952 to 1989 for the United States Department of Energy. Homeowners alleged that plutonium released from the plant contaminated their property. In May 2016, the case settled for $375 million.

Another notable environmental case is the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation. On September 16, 1994, a jury trial of several months’ duration resulted in a record punitive damages award of $5 billion against the Exxon defendants as a consequence of one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The award was reduced to $507.5 million pursuant to a Supreme Court decision. Visit Berger Montague’s Environmental & Mass Tort page to learn more about this practice group.

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