Parker Poe’s environmental attorneys have deep experience navigating the complex legal and technical issues presented by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging compounds such as 1,4-dioxane and microplastics. As regulatory scrutiny and consumer concerns over PFAS continue to grow across the United States and internationally, Parker Poe has represented a diverse range of clients on their PFAS-related legal needs. Our clients include specialty chemical manufacturers and sellers, dyeing and finishing operations, flooring companies, forest products and textile companies, and waste services companies.
PFAS are a group of fluorinated chemicals that have been used in consumer, commercial, and industrial products over time due to their resistance to heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. In recent years, PFAS, including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have attracted significant regulatory, legal, and media attention. Many manufacturing and commercial businesses now face questions, demands, and in some cases litigation regarding the use of PFAS-containing products. Manufacturers and users of PFAS find themselves increasingly scrutinized by regulatory agencies and drawn into civil court by state attorneys general, public water providers, and personal injury plaintiffs, among others.
Parker Poe has extensive experience counseling clients on the emerging landscape of PFAS compliance, including negotiating with government agencies and complying with developing regulations. We also have advised on a variety of transactions that involve negotiations regarding PFAS and other emerging compounds. In addition, we are on the cutting edge of helping clients navigate PFAS litigation, including national class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) defense.