Bloomberg Law
June 1, 2020, 10:00 AM

PFAS Plaintiffs Stranded as Virus Bogs Down High-Stakes Lawsuits

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Trial dates are off the calendar, discovery is delayed, and plaintiffs’ attorneys are getting creative as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts complex PFAS litigation.

Though stay-at-home orders are easing up in some parts of the country, many court cases will take months or longer to get back on track.

The delays mean further uncertainty for the already slow-moving mass of hundreds of lawsuits targeting manufacturers and users of the so-called forever chemicals—and leave litigants in limbo while they wait for proceedings to restart.

“These aren’t just chess pieces on a board,” said Alabama-based plaintiffs’ attorney Jon C. Conlin. “These are people, ...

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