MAss & Toxic Torts
MAKING COMPLEX MATTERS SIMPLE
EFSMM represents clients in mass and toxic tort pattern litigation, multidistrict litigation, and stand-alone complex cases alleging exposure to chemicals, toxic materials and substances, and manufacturing byproducts. Plaintiffs in these matters allege personal injury, including allegations of cancer, reproductive toxicity, and developmental issues.
These cases can be and typically are protracted, complex, and unwieldy with rapidly evolving areas of law and science as well as novel claims by sophisticated plaintiffs’ counsel. As a result, we work closely with experts – scientists, physicians, engineers, and economists – to articulate technical concepts and data in a simple and effective way that juries can easily understand. EFSMM attorneys can handle unique local issues (such as California’s Proposition 65) as well as coordinate defense strategy for nationwide litigation.
- EFSMM is defending a major manufacturer of herbicides in product liability litigation related to claims of cancer. Our attorneys are trial counsel, members of coordination, strategy, and science teams, and work-up counsel.
- EFSMM is defending a chemical manufacturer in mass tort action involving allegations of PCB exposure. Plaintiffs allege the mishandling of a variety of toxic chemicals alleged to have occurred over 70 years and purportedly injured 100s of individuals.
- EFSMM is defending a manufacturer of an engineered fuel product in a wrongful death action involving allegations of benzene exposure.
- The firm has and continues to defend several aviation, piping, and automobile manufacturers in wrongful death and catastrophic injury actions involving asbestos exposure.
Contact a Team Leader
For more information regarding Mass & Toxic Torts, please contact our team leaders Kelly Evans and Jay Schuttert.
Duke University (J.D., with honors; M.A., Philosophy, 1994) University of Utah (B.A., 1991)
Supreme Court of Nevada Supreme Court of Colorado Supreme Court of Indiana United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Jay J. Schuttert is a go-to trial lawyer whose lead and co-lead trial experience includes numerous jury trials in federal and state courts in Nevada and around the country for product manufacturers and corporations, involving claims of serious illness, catastrophic injury and/or wrongful death. As a founder of EFSMM, Jay’s practice is primarily focused on defending product liability matters for manufacturers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, motorcycles, consumer/recreational products, and industrial equipment. Jay also handles premises liability, vehicle/trucking collisions, medical malpractice, commercial disputes, and employment matters.
Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
Associate Editor, Syracuse Law and Technology Journal
Justinian Honorary Law Society
University of Rhode Island (B.S., Business Management, highest distinction, 1999) – Beta Gamma Sigma
Supreme Court of Nevada
United State District Court, District of Nevada
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
“Keeping Out of the Weeds: Defense Should Focus On Winning Liability Instead of Damages at Trial,” Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer Magazine (January 2017).
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Defense Research Institute
Legal Elite – Top Southern Nevada Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2015-2016, 2018)
Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Personal Injury Defense (2012-2016)
Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Product Liability Defense (2019-2022)
The Product Liability Lawyers, Nevada Product Liability Lawyer of the Year (2023)