William A. Ruskin: Value Assurance Plan Protects Canadian Property Owners

By William A. Ruskin We have written in the past concerning Value Assurance Plans (or "VAPs"), which should be considered as a significant component of a corporate response to homeowner concerns over property values due to environmental issues. Mass tort diminution of property value litigation...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast Corp. v. Behrend's Impact In Toxic Tort Litigation

By William A. Ruskin I have written about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend has had the practical result of raising the bar for class certification and leveling the playing field for corporate defendants [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Until recently...

William A. Ruskin: Environmental Diminution Of Property Value And The Creative Plaintiff Valuation Expert

By William A. Ruskin When a homeowner brings a multi-count toxic tort case alleging that a corporate defendant’s discharge of toxic substances from its facility contaminated his property, the diminution of property value claim is often the only element of damages subject to objective determination...