John Schifino

John Schifino

Burr & Forman

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Construction E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - Construction Expected to Increase in 2015 - What Now? Why Maryland's Decision to Recognize the International Green Construction Code May Signal a Major Shift in the Means Utilized to Implement...more

12/22/2014 - Clean Water Act Construction Industry Green Buildings

Judge Barbier BP Attempt to Limit Clean Water Act Fines

On September 4, 2014, District Court Judge Carl Barbier issued his “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law – Phase One Trial” in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation. In his 153 page opinion, Judge Barbier found BP...more

11/21/2014 - BP Clean Water Act Deepwater Horizon Gross Negligence Oil & Gas Oil Spills Willful Misconduct

Supreme Court Upholds EPA Rule Limiting Cross-State Pollution

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a victory on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, when it injected new life into an Environmental Protection Agency rule targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders....more

5/13/2014 - Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution EPA Obama Administration SCOTUS Transport Rule

Seventh Circuit Highlights Challenges To Class Certification In Environmental Litigation

Property owners in the town of Roxana, Illinois, a small village on the Mississippi River across from St. Louis, filed suit against Shell Oil Company and ConocoPhillips. The property owners alleged that a refinery owned by...more

1/30/2014 - Class Action Class Certification ConocoPhillips Environmental Claims Groundwater Predominance Requirement Shell Oil

Judge Barbier Responds To Court Of Appeals In Deepwater Horizon Litigation

On October 2, 2013, BP won a reprieve in its ongoing effort to tighten standards and slow claims payments by Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau. BP had asked the court to direct Mr. Juneau to halt payments that did meet...more

10/22/2013 - BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill

Health Care E-Note - September 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Many States Want More Oversight of Health Insurance Navigators - Insurers, Hospitals Argue Over Who Pays When Enrollees Default - ACA Increases Scrutiny of Doctors' Gifts, Payments - States...more

9/23/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Debt Collection Gulf Oil Spill Healthcare HIPAA Hospitals Insurers Kickbacks Medicare OIG Physician Gift-Ban Law Rural Health Care Providers Sunshine Act

Lone Pine Orders Called Into Question In Colorado

A Lone Pine order is a case management tool often utilized by courts in complex multi-party toxic tort cases to organize plaintiffs’ claims and to focus the parties on key issues early in the litigation. A Lone Pine order...more

9/12/2013 - Case Management Causation Complex Litigation Lone Pine Order

Construction E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - Ground Control, LLC v. Capsco Industries, Inc., et. al.: Opening the Door to Claims by Unlicensed Contractors in Mississippi - 2013 Alabama Sales and Use Tax Legislation - General Conditions Not...more

8/8/2013 - Construction Defects Contractors Economic Loss Doctrine Firearms Guns-in-Trunks Legislation Licenses Sales & Use Tax Subcontractors

BP Unable To Block Oil Spill Claim Payments

On March 15, 2013, BP asked United States District Court Judge Carl Barbier, Jr. to block the Deepwater Horizon claims administrator from awarding “business economic losses” that BP contends are “fictitious” claims for...more

4/29/2013 - BP Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon Claim Forms Economic Loss Doctrine Settlement

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