Environmental, Health and Safety Matters
Stetler & Rotert, Ltd. represents clients during investigations conducted by all types of federal and state regulators. Sometimes these investigations result in minor administrative sanctions, but sometimes they result in criminal prosecutions. Whether the investigation involves environmental or land use regulations; workplace safety; food, drug or cosmetic safety; vehicle recalls; or product liability, SR attorneys are experienced and determined client advocates.
SR represented a key employee of BP in connection with the tragic events on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The representation included representation before the Coast Guard/Department of the Interior Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation, Congressional inquiries, a multi-district litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Department of Justice probes.
SR represented one of General Motors’ senior in-house attorneys in connection with GM’s internal investigation, and the subsequent federal criminal investigation and multi-district class litigation, arising out of GM’s untimely recall of defective ignition switches. SR lawyers worked closely with GM’s outside counsel, and with lawyers from across the country who represented other GM employees, to prepare our client for numerous interviews and testimony.
SR lawyers defended one of America’s largest electrical contracting firms in a criminal jury trial in federal court in Chicago. The case was based on allegations of OSHA violations that allegedly led to the deaths of our client’s employees. After an initial jury verdict found that a violation occurred, we pursued the matter on appeal, won a reversal of the conviction, and succeeded in getting all charges dismissed. United States v. L.E. Myers Co.
SR represented the Village of Crestwood, Illinois, in connection with the Illinois Attorney General’s enforcement action, as well as parallel criminal and civil investigations conducted by federal and state environmental authorities based on issues relating to the Village’s well. These inquiries related to alleged Clean Water Act violations.