Baron & Budd, P.C. Attorneys Nominated for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of
the Year Award
Fourth time in six years that Baron & Budd has been recognized by Public
DALLAS -- June 4, 2013
For the fourth time in the past six years, Public Justice, a legal non-profit
organization, has chosen Baron & Budd attorneys as finalists for its
prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Scott Summy, Carla Burke, Cary
McDougal, and Mitchell McCrea have been nominated for their representation of
public water providers and governmental subdivisions whose drinking water
became contaminated with atrazine, an agricultural chemical used heavily in
the United States.
Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)
Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)
After eight years of litigation, Baron & Budd and co-counsel Korein Tillery
negotiated a $105 million nationwide class settlement for more than 1,000
affected community water systems that supply water to over 37 million
“It is an honor to be selected as a finalist for such a prestigious award,”
said Scott Summy. “This nomination goes to the entire water team at Baron and
Budd who worked tirelessly on the atrazine case."
The litigation began in 2004, when Baron & Budd and Korein Tillery filed suit
on behalf of a single water provider in Illinois whose water supply was
contaminated anew each year as farmers applied atrazine to the surrounding
croplands. By 2010, another 31 water providers joined the litigation against
Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. and its Swiss parent, Syngenta AG, the primary
manufacturers of atrazine products. The lawsuits sought to recover
compensatory damages for the water providers’ annual costs of removing
atrazine from their water supplies and punitive damages based on Syngenta’s
disregard for environmental and human health.
Public Justice’s esteemed Trial Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes the
attorney or group of attorneys that made the most significant contribution
that year to protecting the public interest.
This is the second nomination for Scott Summy and Carla Burke. The two were
nominated in 2009 for their work on behalf of over 150 public water providers
in 17 states whose drinking water was contaminated with MTBE, a gasoline
additive. That litigation against all the major oil companies in the United
States resulted in a monumental cash settlement of $423 million plus an
agreement by most of the companies to contribute to the costs of filtration
for future contamination as well. Mr. Summy and Ms. Burke are part of Baron &
Budd’s “Water Lawyers” team, which represents public water providers and
governmental subdivisions in all types of water contamination litigation.
Their clients include states, cities, towns, counties, public utilities,
school districts, private water companies, and other communities and entities
that are affected by chemical contamination.
Baron & Budd was also nominated for the Public Justice award in 2012 for its
role in bank overdraft litigation, which challenged and changed banking
industry policies to protect the rights of banking customers. Baron & Budd won
the award in 2007 for its groundbreaking work in holding corporations
responsible for extensive groundwater contamination in Tucson, Arizona that
compensated injured residents and redefined Arizona’s water pollution laws.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los
Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 35-year history of
"Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities, and businesses. Baron &
Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases.
The Water Lawyers at Baron & Budd represent public water providers and
governmental entities in litigation arising from environmental contamination.
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