Rich Morrissey is a retired partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. He handles complex business, products liability and toxic tort litigation, including class actions.
Mr. Morrissey has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial actions, including cases involving copyright infringement, antitrust, fraud, unfair competition and business practices, franchising and employment. He has represented franchisors in a variety of lawsuits involving franchises. He also has defended a number of class actions, involving claims of antitrust, securities law violations, unfair business practices and consumer fraud and misrepresentation.
Mr. Morrissey has extensive experience in the area of "environmental and toxic torts," including cases alleging personal injury and violation of various environmental laws, such as California’s Proposition 65. He recently defended the prime defendant in a number of "Erin Brockovich"-type cases brought by over 1,000 plaintiffs and alleging cancer and other injuries due to contamination of groundwater, soil and air with various toxic substances, including chromium VI, chlorinated solvents, diesel, heavy metals, etc.
Mr. Morrissey organized and supervised the 10-year defense of over 200 manufacturers, distributors and retailers of the dietary supplement L-tryptophan in over 700 cases filed throughout California. The plaintiffs alleged a variety of injuries and death including neuromuscular, cardiac and pulmonary disorders, autoimmune and collagen vascular disease, cancer, brain damage, and fear of future diseases. The clients involved everyone in the chain of distribution, including the raw material producer as well as various formulators, distributors and retailers of a variety of products that contained L-tryptophan.
Mr. Morrissey has been involved in the defense of hundreds of asbestos and silica cases alleging cancer, pulmonary disorders and other injuries allegedly caused by sandblasting and grinding operations in an industrial setting.
Mr. Morrissey has defended major pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum companies in actions alleging injury due to the consumption of, or exposure to, a variety of substances, including aspirin, DES, asbestos, gasoline, pesticides, metals, industrial solvents and other chemical containing products. He has defended a manufacturer of aspirin containing products against claims of bleeding and Reye Syndrome. He defended a number of chemical manufacturers in the “Film Lab” cases, a group of over 100 lawsuits brought by workers in the film processing industry alleging various illnesses from exposure over many years to the chemicals used in that industry. He represented a major oil company in a series of mass toxic tort actions alleging a variety of personal injuries and property damage resulting from exposure to gasoline that leaked from underground storage tanks in the Northglenn suburb of Denver.
- Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants (2006-2016)
- Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants — Los Angeles (2012)
American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Military Appeals