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Law firms representing Sterigenics cancer victims support Attorneys General call for strict standards of ethylene oxide emissions

Posted on: February 13th, 2020 by Romanucci & Blandin

CHICAGO, IL (February 13, 2020) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and the other law firms suing

Sterigenics and parent company Sotera for polluting the air in Willowbrook, Illinois with toxic

ethylene oxide (EtO) and causing at least 75 cases of cancer add their support to this week’s letter to the U.S. EPA by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and 10 other attorneys general. That letter, directed to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, asked for the agency to not only adopt regulations that “adequately protect public health and the environment from the well-documented risks posed” by the carcinogenic gas, but also to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to further research alternative methods of sterilization to end the “over-reliance” on EtO. 

In a powerful statement, the letter expresses concern that the dangers of emissions from facilities like Sterigenics may have been significantly underestimated for years.

Sterigenics medical sterilization company exposed innocent neighbors to the airborne carcinogen for decades. In the fall of 2019, the company permanently closed its Willowbrook facility after intense public pressure. There are now more than 75 cases pending before the court, which name Sterigenics and other parties responsible for causing leukemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, miscarriages and other medical conditions.

There are similar medical sterilization facilities in more than two dozen states across the country.

“Those of us representing the community members whose health and lives have been devasted by ethylene oxide emissions commend Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the ten other attorneys general for their engagement and advocacy on this critical and urgent public health issue,” said Antonio Romanucci, Attorney and Founding Partner of Romanucci & Blandin. “I would emphasize that because there is absolutely no safe level of EtO, that no emissions should be allowed anywhere near residential areas.”

Antonio Romanucci is the court-appointed Lead Counsel for the legal group suing Sterigenics.

Four Co-Lead Counsels were also appointed, including Todd Smith of Power Rogers & Smith

L.L.P; Patrick Salvi, II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.; Steven Hart of Hart McLaughlin &

Eldridge, LLC; and Shannon McNulty of the Clifford Law Offices.

The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee includes Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Power Rogers &

Smith, L.L.P., Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge, LLC; Clifford Law

Offices; Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman, LLC; The Collins Law Firm P.C.; and Miner Barnhill &

Galland, P.C. Together the firms are fighting to hold Sterigenics accountable for the reckless

negligence that has resulted in the needless and continuous poisoning of men, women and

children in Illinois for so many years.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin has been rated as a leading civil trial practice law firm in Chicago

concentrating in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, civil rights

and mass tort matters. The attorneys at the Chicago law firm represent individuals and 

families in catastrophic personal injury matters, wrongful death and workers’ compensation

cases. The cases that are referred to Romanucci & Blandin involve accidents or injuries which

occurred due to negligence and carelessness on the part of individuals, governmental bodies

and corporations of all sizes. Since its inception over 20 years ago, Romanucci & Blandin has

secured more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients across the

country. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit www.rblaw.net or call

(312) 458-1000.

About Power Rogers & Smith L.L.P

The attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have won more than $4 billion in verdicts and

settlements for our clients. In fact, Chicago Lawyer magazine’s Annual Settlement Survey has

named our firm the “No. 1 Plaintiff’s Law Firm” in most dollars earned for our clients eight years

in a row. We handle a wide range of cases for plaintiffs including wrongful death, product liability

and class actions. Through the tireless effort and sincere commitment of our attorneys, we have

successfully obtained the life-saving compensation and justice our clients deserve, helping to

provide them with the opportunity to move forward in their lives. Not only does our work improve

the lives of our clients, it can also bring about important changes in the law by forcing companies to do things the right way and for regulatory agencies to crack down on practices that pose a danger to the public. When you need a winning attorney in your corner, call on an advocate at our firm. For more information, please visit www.prslaw.com or call 312-236-9381.

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard was established by attorney Patrick Salvi in 1982. With offices in

Chicago and Waukegan, the firm has 18 lawyers and is supported by more than 35 staff members.

The firm represents clients in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Salvi Law has recovered more than $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients, including 245 cases resulting in awards of $1 million or more. In 2017, the firm won the largest compensatory personal injury jury verdict in the state of Illinois, $148 million for a dancer paralyzed by a collapsed pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport. The firm has been routinely listed as one of the top law firms in the state with the highest reported settlement totals in the Jury Verdict Reporter / Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Settlement Survey. To contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, please call 312-372-1227 or visit www.salvilaw.com.

About Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge

Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge (“HME”) is a firm of trial lawyers specializing in mass tort and class

action cases. The attorneys at HME practice on a nationwide basis in both federal and state

courts and are actively involved in some of the largest and most significant mass tort and class

action cases in the country. HME lawyers have particular expertise in toxic torts, carcinogen and

environmental exposure, occupational and para-occupational exposure to toxins, and the fields

of medical causation, oncology, and epidemiology. For more information about Hart McLaughlin

& Eldridge please visit www.hmelegal.com or call (312) 955-0545.

About Clifford Law Offices

Clifford Law Offices, a Chicago-based boutique litigation firm, has emerged as a leader in

obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients since its inception 34 years

ago. The firm has established a national reputation, and is consistently named by the National

Law Journal as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country, as well as topping the U.S.

News/Best Lawyers in America list as among the best in several areas of law including

Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation; Mass Tort

Litigation; Product Liability Litigation; and Qui Tam Law. The Chicago Lawyer has annually named Clifford Law Offices one of the city’s top firms in its Annual Settlement Survey. Having obtained more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts for its clients in various areas of personal injury and wrongful death, in 2019, the firm achieved the highest combined annual settlement total in personal injury and commercial litigation of all Chicago area firms as reported by the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey. Lawyers at the firm, many of whom have obtained record breaking awards for clients, have been recognized over the years for their hard work and the firm’s commitment to excellence, leading it to be named by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country, the Elite Trial Lawyers Award and the top 20 Plaintiff’s Hot List. The philosophy of Clifford Law Offices is based upon a dedication to protecting and preserving the dignity and rights of all individuals. To find out more about the firm, go to www.CliffordLaw.com or call 312-899-9090.

About The Collins Law Firm, P.C.

The Collins Law Firm has built a nationwide reputation for fighting for the victims of

environmental contamination. Based in Naperville, Illinois, the Collins Law Firm team of

experienced trial lawyers takes the fight to corporations and works to help families by making

their neighborhoods safe to live in again and getting them the compensation, they deserve. The

Collins Law Firm attorneys have recovered more than $102 million in settlements and

judgments related to environmental issues like vapor intrusion, groundwater contamination, and

landfill and soil contamination. For more information about The Collins Law Firm, please visit

www.collinslaw.com/Environmental- Litigation/, or call (630) 687-9838.

About Tomasik Kotin Kasserman

Tomasik Kotin Kasserman cares about our clients. The attorneys at TKK have extensive

experience working with victims of chemical exposure and are committed to not only achieving

justice for those who have been harmed by corporations, but to enhancing public safety by

improving policies, procedures, and regulations. While our record of success speaks for itself,

our greatest satisfaction comes from seeing our clients reach a successful conclusion to their

case that allows them to move past the damage that was done to them and their families. Find

out more by giving us a call 312- 605-8800 or visiting us at TKKlaw.com. TKK: Achieving

Justice, Enhancing Safety.

About Miner, Barnhill & Galland

Founded in 1971, MBG represents a broad range of individual, government, non-profit and

corporate clients with offices in Chicago, Ill., and Madison, Wis. The firm is nationally known for

its class action practice in civil rights, employment rights, voting rights, predatory lending, and

more, as well as for complex litigation against government fraud. Its growing environmental

practice includes individual and organizational representations, regulatory enforcement, and

private law claims to protect the environment, people and their property from corporate

polluters. Distinguished MBG alumni include a MacArthur Foundation fellow, several law

professors at leading American universities, and President Barack Obama. For more

information, visit www.LawMBG.com.

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