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California Federal Court Dismisses Medical Monitoring Claims for Lack of Plausible Cancer Risk

In a significant victory for defendants facing toxic tort exposure claims, a California federal court dismissed a medical monitoring putative class action brought by drinkers of certain Pepsi products because Plaintiffs...more

Municipalities Lose First Round in Bid to Hold PCB Manufacturers Liable For Environmental Impacts

Two Massachusetts municipalities are down but not out in their attempts to hold manufacturers of PCBs responsible for the environmental effects of PCB-containing products decades later. ...more

Louisiana Federal Court Excludes “Every Exposure” Testimony

Adding to the growing body of case law that rejects the so-called “every exposure” theory, a federal court in Louisiana has excluded specific causation opinions of a plaintiffs’ expert who relied on the theory, finding that...more

Sands Through the Hourglass or the Next Big Tort?

This article discusses hydraulic fracturing, the technology, and the initial litigation related to the activity....more

LEGAL UPDATE: Impact on Companies of the PRC Tort Liability Law - November 2010

The PRC Tort Liability Law (the “Tort Law”) finally came into effect on 1st July 2010, following several years of debate. It is considered to have a significant role in developing the legal framework for the protection of...more

Local 2 Investigates Interviews Plant Explosion Attorney Rob Ammons About Deadly Explosions

Local 2 Investigates Interviews Plant Explosion Attorney Rob Ammons About Deadly Explosions By Robert Arnold Wednesday, November 10, 2010 HOUSTON -- When Local 2 Investigates began checking into a series of explosions in...more

Trending Away from Medical Monitoring?

In conclusion, the law applicable to claims for medical monitoring has developed substantially since the first case of Friends For All Children. While the trend over time has been to recognize their availability through...more

Gadolinium Litigation

NSF: The Man-Made Disease, The Litigation Swell And The Lives Lost

Read the background on the disease, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, gadolinium-based contrast agents and the renally impaired and the enormous litigation swell that has surfaced as a result. ...more

Jury Instructions in Punitive Damage Cases: Using the New Mandates from the United States Supreme Court

Recognizing that “most pattern jury instructions do not contain instructions regarding the constitutional limits on punitive damage awards,” article authors George Pitcher and Rachel Robinson address the need for defendants...more

EPA Inspector General investigation into failure to prevent concultant conflicts of interest

Documents relating to an EPA investigation into consultant conflicts concerning asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has been linked to several diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and...more

EPA Asbestos Factbook

Information from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning asbestos, including diseases linked to asbestos exposure, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. The factbook also covers issues surrounding asbestos in schools...more

Report on Effects of Asbestos Dust on the Lungs and the Supression in the Asbestos Industry

The first major clinical study involving hundreds of asbestos workers was conducted by Dr. Merewether, a prominent medical researcher. His study indicates that one out of every 4 workers was suffering from asbestosis. His...more

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