ABA Journal examines new law developments that favor plaintiffs in environmental lawsuits. The analysis finds that plaintiffs today can rely on "new scientific studies that provide better proof of the effect of some pollutants on human health" and "on new theories of liability, some of them based on strategies used in the recent tobacco litigation... - what defendants knew and when they knew it." The report sheds light on the most common "hurdles litigants face in this lawsuit. " The story profiles Judy Piatt, a horse farm owner, who lost her horses and was diagnosed with a rare disease, after a dust-abatement contractor sprayed hazardous waste over the horse show arena and then "walked away from virtually all liability." The author concludes that "if Piatt's damages had occurred today, she'd have a better chance of receiving compensation."
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