MIIS Lecture - Defeating Giants: Clean Water and DuPont's Downfall
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Middlebury Institute of International Studies presents a lecture by Robert Bilott entitled Defeating Giants: Clean Water and DuPont's Downfall, on Thursday, May 10, 12:15pm-1:30pm in MIIS's McGowan Building, Room 102.
Robert Bilott is one of the world’s finest environmental lawyers. With a combination of innovative litigation, scientific understanding, and extraordinary perseverance, he has achieved one of the most significant victories for environmental law and corporate accountability of this century. In a legal battle lasting 19 years, he represented 70,000 citizens whose drinking water had been contaminated with Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) by the chemical giant DuPont. Expanding upon the concept of class-action litigation, he set up a 7-year toxicological study of the 70,000 victims, which contributed significantly to the scientific understanding of the global health risks associated with Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).
Rob Bilott, a seasoned litigator with more than 27 years of experience, represents a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws. Rob is a Partner and cornerstone of Taft’s Environmental, Litigation and Product Liability and Personal Injury teams. With an aptitude for handling complex and nuanced matters, Rob’s work has kept him at the forefront of environmental and regulatory litigation, mass tort, and compliance issues. He has handled matters involving highly complex and emerging scientific issues with some of the nation’s leading medical, technical, scientific and regulatory experts and advisors.
This talk is part of the Hayward Social and Environmental Speaker Series, co-hosted by the Center for the Blue Economy.