Environmental Litigation

From Three Mile Island to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, K&W is one of the nation’s leading firms for forcing polluters to internalize the cost of their harms to people, communities, businesses and the public trust. K&W has achieved an unmatched record in navigating complex and dynamic environmental laws and regulations. Our national client base includes state governments, Native American tribes, labor unions, major corporations, developers, banks, small businesses, and property owners, who have turned to K&W for unparalleled expertise in environmental litigation.

Our litigation practice has involved successful claims for recovery of compensation for environmental contamination and damage to both persons and property. The firm is well renowned for its pursuit of various causes of action, including trespass, strict liability, unjust enrichment, and parens patriae, as well as for violations of federal and state environmental statutes. These actions have taken the form of class, multiple party, government, and individual plaintiff proceedings against a multitude of corporations, including ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, Shell, Texaco, ConocoPhillips, and Amoco.

Allan Kanner has written dozens of articles in the field of environmental law and authored a book, Environmental and Toxic Tort Trials. He is considered one of the nation’s top legal experts in this complex field and he and Lili Petersen have taught Tulane Law School’s Toxic Tort class for years.


Representative Cases:

  • Lead counsel for State of Louisiana, In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010Largest natural resource damage settlement (2015) in history with largest share (over $5 billion) to the State of LouisianaMDL No. 2179
    • State of Louisiana v. Triton Asset Leasing GmBH, et al.seeking declaratory judgment against Transocean entities involved with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico., No. 2:10-cv-3059, EDLA
    • State of Louisiana v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc., et al.seeking penalties, declaratory judgment and damages from entities involved with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico., 2:11-cv-00516, EDLA
  • Lead Counsel for State of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection vs. ExxonMobil Corporation$225 million settlement in 2015 following 66 day trial, L-1650-05 (N.J. Superior Court, Union County)
  • Co-lead counsel, Philip Roeder, et al v. Atlantic Richfield Co. and BP America, Inc.approx. $19 million class settlement in 2013, No. 11-105, (D. Nev.)
  • Janes v. CIBA-GEIGY Corp.$20 million settlement on behalf of property owner class affected by the seepage of volatile organic compounds from chemical wastes stored on the property in Toms River Township, New Jersey., No. L-1669-01 Mass Tort 248 (Law Dix. Middlesex Cty., NJ)
  • Samples v. Conoco, Inc.$65 million settlement on behalf of property owner class affected by ground and surface water pollution as a result of fertilizer and wood treatment processing., No. 01-631 (Fla. 1 JDCC)
  • Petrovic v. Amoco Oil Co.multi-million dollar settlement of pollution claims on behalf of a certified class of property owners affirmed on appeal, 200 F.3d 1140 (8th Cir. 1999)

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