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Minnesota Federal Court Clarifies Pleading Standard in Vapor Contamination Case

In an opinion that may help clarify the jurisdictional and pleading requirements for plaintiffs seeking damages and injunctive relief for alleged injuries from vapor intrusion, the federal district court in Minnesota denied a...more

Oregon’s Statute of Repose May Block Common Law Environmental Claims

Oregon’s 10-year statute of repose may now play a bigger role in environmental lawsuits in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA),...more

CERCLA’s Statutory Liability Defenses — How Strict Is CERCLA Liability?

It was no surprise that the Second Circuit in In re September 11 Ligitation recently affirmed the lower court’s ruling that contamination caused by the 9/11 attacks was within CERCLA’s “Act of War” defense. Although CERCLA...more

Texas Jury Awards $3 Million in Hydraulic Fracturing Lawsuit

A jury in Dallas County, Texas, awarded nearly $3 million on April 22, 2014, in a suit contending that Aruba Petroleum, Inc., as well as other operators and service providers, had caused “environmental contamination and...more

Shutting Down a Capital City: How High Will Business Interruption Claims Go?

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, a major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk Rivet cut off water to more than 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding nine counties. The chemical leak was from a facility owned by...more

Litigation Risks in Texas Are Reduced –The Merits of New Trial Orders by Texas Courts Are Now Subject to Appellate Review

Significant oil and gas exploration and development has occurred and continues to occur in South Texas. Whenever an injury, death, or environmental damage results from these operations, a defendant energy company have often...more

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

Third Circuit Holds “Source State” Common Law Tort Claims Not Preempted by Federal Clean Air Act

In an opinion filed on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit held that the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) does not preempt common law tort claims grounded in state law and brought against a...more

Environmental Nuisance Claims — It Helps To Have Experts

The old warning that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” apparently applies not only to investments but also to environmental nuisance suits in Tennessee. ...more

Colorado Ruling Raises Stakes in Fracking Litigation and Beyond

In an Independence Day gift to plaintiffs, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in Strudley v. Antero Resources Corp., No. 12CA1251 (July 3, 2013), that Colorado law does not allow pre-discovery Lone Pine orders, often used by...more

BP Settlement Claim

After years of litigation, BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, "BP") entered a class-wide settlement ("BP Settlement") that covers most businesses located in the Gulf Coast...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update - October 2012: Ninth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of a Public Nuisance Lawsuit

On September 21, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Alaskan village of Kivalina against 23 energy companies. Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 2012 WL...more

N.J. Supreme Court Requires Plaintiffs to Prove Causation in Spill Act Cases

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in NJDEP, et al. v. Ofra Dimant, et al. interpreting New Jersey's environmental cleanup statute, the Spill Compensation and...more

Anti-Assignment Clause In Insurance Policy Does Not Prohibit The Assignment Of Claim

Policyholders asserting claims against an insurer for damages arising from a fire, environmental contamination or other causes need to pay close attention to the “fine print” contained in their policy. Assigning a claim...more

Ten Questions with Beau James Brock

Interview with Beau James Brock published in the Baton Rouge Bar Association's Around the Bar periodical in April 2012....more

Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses $36 Million Environmental Class Action Award Against Inco

In a 3-0 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a $36 million trial award to members of an environmental class action. Thousands of Port Colborne, Ontario’s residents had sued Inco for property devaluation caused...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - September 2011: RCRA notice requirements By Chris A. Paul

If a notice pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act asserts that there is an ongoing release of pollutants, then it is unnecessary for a plaintiff to specify the date on which the violations occurred. That was...more

Medicare Pilot Program for Montana Asbestos Victims

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency declared a public health emergency arising from the long term asbestos exposure of Libby, Montana residents. The exposure occurred due to the operation of a vermiculite mine in...more

Appeals Court Upholds Summary Judgment Based on Daubert in Benzene Case

The Sixth Circuit last week upheld the dismissal of a plaintiff''s claim that benzene exposure caused her cancer. Pluck v. BP Oil Pipeline Co., No. 09-4572 (6th Cir., 5/12/11). The central issue was the exclusion of...more

A Test For Congressman Pacquiao

While the Panamanian vessel M/V Double Prosperity that has run aground the coral reefs off the coast of Kiamba town, in Sarangani Province recently may seem like a harmless incident with the Philippine Coast Guard already...more

ACOEM'S UPDATED POSITION ON THE "ADVERSE HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH MOLDS IN THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT" - WHAT THE...

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has recently published an updated paper on the health effects of mold exposure in an indoor environment. This article summarizes the key points that all...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

Illinois Environmental and Toxic Exposures Class Action Attorneys

Environmental and toxic exposure cases are almost always brought as class action lawsuits. These cases are essentially personal injury lawsuits involving exposure to an environmental hazard. Unlike other personal injury cases...more

Illinois Appellate Court Rules That Employers Must Protect Family of Employees From Asbestos Dangers

Article on Illinois Appellate Court opinion ruling that employers owe the immediate families of their employees a duty to protect against take-home asbestos exposure. This article was written by Dave Scriven-Young, an...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

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