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Your Cyber Minute: Top threats for 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells Partner Harriet Pearson and Managing Principal of our Cyber Risk Services Jeff Lolley look ahead to 2017's major cyber vulnerabilities and where clients need to safeguard. ...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Should Implement Their Document Retention Policies And Protect Against Future Asbestos Claims

by McCarter & English, LLP on

As far as contamination concerns go, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are generally way down the list of issues at a shutdown coal plant. You hire certified contractors, bag the ACM and dispose of it in approved landfills....more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain West Coast Case Law Highlights

COLORADO CITY FRACKING BANS PREEMPTED BY STATE LAW - City of Longmont v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 573 (Colo. 2016), 2016 Colo. LEXIS 442; City of Fort Collins v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 586 (Colo....more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

by King & Spalding on

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Extend to Salesman

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Richard Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 13, 2016) - In 2008, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that the “sophisticated user” defense...more

China Auto Regulatory Trends 2016: New-Energy, Materials Restrictions, Recalls and Emissions Figure Prominently

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2016

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Looking Forward - The last few years have been active for class actions in Canada, and the activity did not slow down in 2015. This past year, Bennett Jones was involved with some of the most important class...more

Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2016

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Sixth Circuit Rules that Clean Air Act Does Not Preempt State Tort Claims - In a decision that may leave facilities open to private tort liability despite compliance with federal Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements, the...more

Manufacturing Matters - Winter 2016

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to Manufacturing Matters, DLA Piper’s specialist publication providing a round-up of legal news, sector updates and commentary for clients and contacts engaged in the manufacturing sector. British manufacturers...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2015

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

EPA Releases TSCA Assessment Documents For Flame Retardant Chemicals: On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents...more

Louisiana Federal Court Rejects Expert Testimony Tying Gasoline to AML

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Underscoring the importance of the distinction between a product and its component parts, a federal court in Louisiana refused to allow expert testimony that exposure to gasoline caused acute myeloid leukemia (“AML”) in a...more

Claims for Defective Solar Panels Are Covered by CGL Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging the panels are defective and need to be replaced. As will be explained below, these kinds of claims are covered by general...more

Running on Empty: Defective Gas Class Sputters in Louisiana District Court

by Carlton Fields on

The Middle District of Louisiana denied certification of a putative class bringing claims for redhibition and unjust enrichment against Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”). Plaintiffs allegedly purchased gasoline refined at...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: California renewable energy zone plan gets revamp after criticism: Reuters - Mar 10: An ambitious plan to put California's renewable energy projects in areas where the environment will...more

US China Trade War-Trade, Trade Adjustment, 337/IP, Products Liability

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As you may know, the blog posts are getting longer and longer as more trade and other actions take place against China. Because of the length, I, therefore, am breaking this post into two parts. This first post covers Trade,...more

Here Comes the Sun…

by Wilson Elser on

Manufacturers and Installers of Solar Panels Face Unique Risks from Residential House Fires - House fires have always been a major source of product liability litigation in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of...more

How Courts Have Ruled on the Still-open Issue of Whether the Clean Air Act Preempts State Common Law Tort Suits

by Wilson Elser on

In its landmark 2011 decision in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, et al., 131 S.Ct. 2527 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

Was Asbestos Used in Your Drilling Mud Program?

by Baker Donelson on

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

Manufacturing Matters - Autumn 2013

by DLA Piper on

In the CBI’s recent report on ‘Maximising the UK’s industrial opportunities’, the strong argument is that we, as the British manufacturing sector, need to be instrumental in shaping a long-term industrial strategy for growth...more

Weekly eDiscovery Top Story Digest - May 8, 2013

by Rob Robinson on

Compiled by @ComplexD from online public domain resources, provided for your review/use is this week’s update of key industry news, views, and events highlighting key electronic discovery related stories, developments, and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

Groundbreaking Research Identifies IP Arms Race in Wind

by Philip Totaro on

Our new research report has catalogued over 27,500 global patent filings related to horizontal-axis, utility-scale wind turbine technology. The report shows only about 1% of issued patents are a high impact on the products...more

Wind Project Financiers and Developers are Underestimating Patent Infringement Risk

by Philip Totaro on

Totaro & Associates has completed the second phase of a study which began in December 2010 on the patent landscape of the horizontal-axis, utility-scale wind industry. We have now read and classified over 23,100 global...more

Sands Through the Hourglass or the Next Big Tort?

by Robert Smith on

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

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