Toxic torts are social wrongs in which someone is injured through exposure to a toxic substance. Often, chemicals believed to be safe and used in manufacturing prove to be dangerous, or substances leak into the air or groundwater, affecting unsuspecting residents of the area.
Toxic tort class action lawsuits are fought on behalf of groups of people exposed to and hurt by dangerous substances. Example, a condominium complex may file a complaint against a local factory for contaminating the groundwater.
Example, a group of construction workers who develop asbestos-related illnesses may file a toxic tort class action based on their exposure to asbestos on the job.