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June 20, 2019

Plaintiffs’ Bar Fueling PFAS “Hysteria,” Says Defense Attorney

A defense attorney told Legal Newsline the rush by Congress to debate regulations over a substance known as PFAS is a result of the “tremendous amount of hysteria stoked by plaintiffs’ firms.”

Jeffrey Dintzer, an Alston & Bird law firm attorney who has worked on environmental and toxic tort cases for 30 years, said more “time, money and effort” is needed to find out if the chemicals are truly harmful. There have been 15 PFAS-related bills introduced in Congress this year and several states have passed their own regulations, though the permitted amount of the chemical varies.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works met yesterday and listed PFAS legislation as an agenda item.

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