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Emma K. Burton is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Product Liability & Torts Group. Emma's practice focuses on civil litigation involving product liability, toxic tort, and environmental matters, with a focus on complex health and life science cases regarding alleged injury from exposure to chemical products. Emma is experienced in litigating matters involving particular scientific knowledge, such as developmental toxicology, epidemiology, pharmacokinetics and genetics. Emma also has unique experience in the use of, and challenges to, expert testimony in the fields of science and medicine. She has successfully authored numerous briefs resulting in the exclusion of unqualified and improper expert opinions under Daubert and similar state standards. See Bourne v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 189 F. Supp. 2d 482 (S.D. W.V. 2002);Bourne v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 1161 (4th Cir. 2004); Bowen v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 2005 WL 1952859 (Del. Super. Ct. June 23, 2005).

Many universities and local governments have installed synthetic turf made with “crumb rubber” – ground up tires – on playing fields and playgrounds in recent years to obtain the advantages of all-season use and lower maintenance costs. In recent months, however, the media and a growing group of critics contend that the crumb rubber used