Publications

  1. Neuroscience and the Rules of Evidence

    Many of us assume a witness can readily distinguish personal experience from knowledge gained through other means such as friends, television, or the internet. What if these assumptions are incorrect and witnesses cannot easily parse out what they personally perceived, what they learned from other sources, and what they extrapolated from either context? Founding Partner Fred M. Blum explores how the evidence code is based on an outmoded understanding of how the human brain works in this SF Attorney Magazine piece.

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  2. ABA Blog Post: How Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum Won with Predictive Analytics

    In mid-2013, our small team of trial specialists had just begun defending the City of Fort Bragg, California in a complex environmental case. Our opponent, deep-pocketed Georgia Pacific and their 700-lawyer firm, was formidable. To build our case and prove the City was not responsible for contamination at a 120-year-old lumber mill, we needed to review more than 11 million documents in a wide variety of file formats spanning 12 decades. Millions of dollars in clean-up costs the City and its taxpayers couldn’t afford were at stake. Adding to the challenge, our trial deadline left us very little time to get the job done.

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  3. Scorched Earth: How Climate Change Pits Big Oil against Big Agriculture in California’s Central Valley

    As the producer of a large percentage of America’s food, California’s Central Valley is often referred to as the breadbasket of our nation. Resting alongside the “breadbasket” is a veritable oil bucket. Although no popular moniker currently exists to identify it as such, the Central Valley is a major oil-producing region. Both industries are formidable in their own right and essential to the economic strength of the region; side by side, this situation is rapidly changing for the worse. While there has historically been harmony between these two industries running their substantial operations side by side, this situation is rapidly changing for the worse. New tensions are developing that could have far-reaching consequences.

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  4. Pro Rata or Pro Tanto? Why Equity Dictates the Choice Is Not a Toss Up in Private Party CERCLA Settlements

    As if the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and LiabilityAct was not complicated enough, ascertaining how settlements are credited and what, if any, setoffs are available is very difficult to predict. In most tort cases, courts use what has been called the pro tanto approach and give the remaining defendants a dollar-for-dollar credit for settlement dollars received by the plaintiff. However, the overwhelming trend in CERCLA cases is to forgo the arithmetically based pro tanto approach and to give the nonsettling defendants credit for the settling defendant’s proportional, or pro rata, share of the liability irrespective of the actual settlement amounts paid. While the trend is apparent, whether the district court will use either approach, or create one of its own, is not a settled question and creates an unwanted level of unpredictability in most CERCLA cases.

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  5. When Testimony and the Limits of Memory Collide

    Many law suits involve events that occured in the distant past and witnesses who remember details that directly implicate your clients. Due to the lack of other information, when a witness recalls with shocking clarity a product name, conduct that resulted in exposure to hazardous substance, or other events, the veracity of this testimony becomes a defining factor.

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News

  1. BEHB Wins Motion For Summary Judgment

    A team of skilled defense attorneys from Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum successfully defended the firm’s client in a personal injury asbestos action in San Francisco Superior Court. After a hard-fought oral argument, the Honorable Garrett L. Wong granted our Motion for Summary Judgment on all causes of action. The Court’s decision was based on a finding that the plaintiffs did not possess and could not reasonably obtain evidence that any materials allegedly disturbed by our client exposed the plaintiff to asbestos.

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  2. Did Law Kill Science? Complimentary Webinar on Davis v. Honeywell

    Join Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum and Roux Associates for a complimentary webinar presented by Noel Edlin, Esq. and Adam Love, Ph.D. entitled Did Law Kill Science? Understanding the Impact of Davis v. Honeywell and the “One Fiber Theory” on asbestos and environmental cases.

    Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
    Time: 10:00 am (Pacific)

    The presentation will highlight: The growing difficulty faced by defense teams in light of plaintiffs’ victories based on the one fiber theory (asbestos cases) and the one molecule theory (environmental cases); and The relevant scientific issues and viable defense strategies that will help companies avoid the exorbitant costs that could be associated with trying and settling such cases. Register here
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  3. BEHB Team Wins MSJ in High-Stakes CERCLA Case

    BEHB attorneys have achieved a significant victory for the firm’s client Texas Eastern Overseas (TEO) in an environmental contamination case involving an industrial dry cleaner and laundry. Through BEHB’s successful summary judgment motion, the BEHB team reduced, by at least $13 million, the total damages that the current owner/operator Plaintiff could recover under its CERCLA claims. Read More

  4. Noel Edlin Presenting at FETTI

    Noel Edlin is speaking at the National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) in Chicago with Roux Principal Scientist, Adam Love, Ph.D. Their presentation is entitled: “Did Law Kill Science? Understanding the Impact of Davis v. Honeywell and the “One Fiber Theory.” Edlin and Love will explore the history of asbestos litigation and the related body of scientific knowledge. Read More

  5. All Name Partners Are 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers

    All four Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum name partners have been recognized as 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers. Marte Bassi is identified in the category of Personal Injury General: Defense; Noel Edlin for Environmental Litigation and Personal Injury Defense; Jeremy Huie for Personal Injury Products: Defense; and Fred Blum for Environmental Law. Read More. Read More

Who We Are

Experienced

Founded by trial lawyers, Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum is a firm specializing in complex litigation.  With more than 100 trials to verdict, over 100 appeals, and thousands of mediations, we offer clients the unique blend of large firm experience and small firm agility.   Our Law & Motion Department delivers work product that frequently results in dismissals.  With every matter, we strive to achieve early resolution while keeping costs under control.

Diverse

Our belief that diverse perspectives result in the most innovative thinking is one of the cornerstones of our firm culture.  We work to advance diversity through recruitment, mentoring, and retention of top talent.  Our team is made up of people from backgrounds that are highly diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and sexual orientation.  Given the diversity of our own firm, we can bring fresh ideas and creative solutions to the table when helping clients confront their toughest legal issues.

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We invest in innovative technology and continuing education to work smarter and decrease costs.  To prepare for court, we work with experts and artists to craft powerful visual exhibits and use cutting-edge software to manage the e-discovery process.  Using predictive coding in conjunction with traditional e-discovery methods, we can review large document caches more quickly and accurately, while dramatically reducing litigation costs.

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Serving a diverse nationwide clientele from our offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we are committed to exceeding our clients' expectations.  We look forward to working with you and welcome you to contact us anytime.