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The Construct - May 2014

In This Issue: - Green Law Corner - You Decide: Green Globes vs. LEED: The U.S. General Services Administration recently added Green Globes as an additional third-party green building certification system for...more

Was Asbestos Used in Your Drilling Mud Program?

With the bankruptcy of dozens of traditional defendants in asbestos litigation, plaintiffs' attorneys have been creative in pursuing claims in previously untapped areas. One such area is alleged oilfield worker exposure via...more

Court Finds Private Person Can Be Held Liable for Negligent Inspection

A private person who inspects a workplace can be held liable for injury or death due to hazards that should have been found and addressed. That is effectively what the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia recently held...more

Employer Fined $85,000 For Failing To Maintain Vehicle’s Brakes

There may be many good reasons for employers to maintain their vehicles, but one reason not often considered is avoidance of occupational health and safety charges and fines....more

INSIGHTS - Patton Boggs Safety & Health and Crisis Management Newsletter - October 2012

In This Issue: 1. Rockefeller Reintroduces Mine Reform Legislation 2. Whistleblower Protections Added to Highway Bill 3. GAO Endorses Studies Supporting Black Lung Rule 4. Demolition, Underground Construction...more

INSIGHTS - Patton Boggs Safety and Health Newsletter - July 2012

In This Issue: - Obama Directive Aims to Ease Regulatory Burden - Kline Seeks Data on Advance Notice, MSHA Injuries - OSHA Inconsistent on Safety Incentive Program Criteria, GAO Says - IARC Claims Diesel...more

MSHA’S Final Rule on Examinations -- The Ultimate "Catch-22" for Coal Mine Operators

On April 6, 2012, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) unveiled its final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Examination of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health and Safety...more

Coal Mine Operator Required to Pay Additional Workers’ Compensation Premiums After Failing to Comply With Black Lung Obligations

The Black Lung Benefits Act (“BLBA”), 30 U.S.C. §§ 801-962, requires coal mine operators to pay compensation benefits, medical benefits, and other benefits to miners suffering disabling occupational lung diseases. In...more

Louisiana Maritime Attorney Comments on Jones Act Arbitration

The Terrebonne and Harrington decisions indicate that the courts are inclined to enforce arbitration clauses in agreements between seamen and their employers under circumstances where the agreement is not part of the...more

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