Nanotechnology Law Attorneys

Nanotechnology: Fueling Advancement, But Potential Liability Lurks

In recent years, the use of engineered nanoparticles skyrocketed due to their variable and readily pliable physical and chemical properties. These particles are now commonly found in sunscreen and cosmetics, clothing, office supplies (such as the toner used in printers) and a wide range of other consumer products. They are also used extensively in many different areas of medical research.

Unfortunately, there is a growing body of research that suggests that nanoparticles play a contributing role in the development of cancer (and potentially other harmful conditions). As such, businesses that use nanoparticles as a part of their manufacturing or research operations should be diligent in assessing their potential exposure to future liability and implementing safeguards to protect their employees, customers and companies.

Leaders in the Field of Nanotechnology Law

At Governo Law Firm, we continue to monitor developments related to nanoparticles and other complex scientific, medical and technical matters. Our attorneys' in-depth understanding of complicated technical fields and our proven counseling and litigation strategies allow us to offer comprehensive guidance to clients in Massachusetts, as well as throughout the Northeast and the entire United States.

To remain on the cutting edge of emerging issues related to nanotechnology, we have:

  • Participated in a conference on Global Regulation of Nanotechnologies for scientists and attorneys.
  • Attended meetings of the New England Nanotechnology Association (NENA) held at Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology.
  • Co-sponsored and administered a study to evaluate how jurors feel about situations involving failure-to-warn claims (such as those involving clothing lines, sunscreens and other products that utilize nanoparticles). The findings of our study — assessing juror attitudes across generations and finding that jurors are typically wary of a company's failure to warn — were published in For The Defense, a leading defense counsel magazine.

We draw on the knowledge gained from these activities and our extensive research to help clients understand the regulatory compliance impact of using nanoparticles and assess what additional business practices they can implement to minimize any future liability.

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