Taft partner Rob Bilott is quoted and featured in the TIME article “’Forever Chemical’ Lawsuits Could Ultimately Eclipse the Big Tobacco Settlement,” published on July 12. The article discusses the evolution of PFAS lawsuits starting with the Tennant farm case filed by Bilott in 1998. Today, there are more than 15,000 claims that have been filed against the major manufacturers of PFAS in the U.S.

On June 2, 2023, a settlement valued at approximately $1.2 billion was announced with DuPont and related companies to address contamination of U.S. public drinking water supplies with PFAS “forever chemicals.” Soon thereafter, on June 22, 2023, an additional, similar settlement valued at up to another $12.5 billion was announced with the 3M Company. Both settlements were announced in the context of ongoing multi-district litigation (MDL) involving claims by public water providers, states, and others impacted all over the country by PFAS released from aqueous film-forming firefighting foam (AFFF). Bilott serves as the court-appointed Advisory Counsel to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the AFFF MDL. These latest settlements follow settlements valued collectively at over $753 million in 2017 and 2021 in the C8 personal injury MDL against DuPont, where Bilott serves as co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs Steering Committee.

Dubbed by The New York Times Magazine as “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” in an article published on Jan. 6, 2016, Bilott has represented a diverse array of clients, nationwide, who have been harmed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “Forever Chemicals.” His work is the subject of a recent feature film, “Dark Waters,” and the documentary “The Devil We Know,” and is detailed in his book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-year Battle Against DuPont.”