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Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Groundwater: National Association of Clean Water Agencies Amicus Brief

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) joined a number of organizations in filing an Amicus Brief on September 8th with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case styled Upstate...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Exclusion of Expert Testimony that “Cumulative Exposure” Equals Causation in Asbestos Cases

by Reminger Co., LPA on

An essential element in an asbestos case is proof that an exposure to a particular defendant’s product is a substantial factor in causing the injury. To satisfy their burden, plaintiffs rely upon testimony from experts. ...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

Iowa Legislature Introduces Asbestos Litigation Reforms

by K&L Gates LLP on

Over more than four decades of asbestos litigation, many former manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products have since filed for bankruptcy and exited the tort system. While these entities now have the...more

Fifth Circuit: Louisiana’s Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine Bars Claims for Damage to Real Property

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Applying Louisiana’s “subsequent purchaser doctrine” in the context of contamination from oil-and-gas operations, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a landowner’s property damage claims. See Guilbeau v. Hess Corp.,...more

New Jersey Extends “Take-Home” Toxic Tort Liability

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Expanding the scope of potential workplace-exposure liability, the New Jersey Supreme Court clarified that an employer may be liable for toxic exposures not just to the spouse of an employee, but potentially to people with...more

Take-Home Exposure and Stream of Commerce

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Joseph Petitpas v. Ford Motor Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 13 Cal.App.5th 261 (July 5, 2017) - Plaintiffs Marline and Joseph Petitpas sued Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ford Motor Company,...more

United States Liable as an Owner Under CERCLA for Contamination on Navajo Reservation Land

by Snell & Wilmer on

Last week, a United States District Court in Arizona held that the United States was an “owner” of Navajo Reservation Trust Land for purposes of CERCLA liability. See El Paso Nat. Gas Co. v. United States, 2017 WL 3492993 (D....more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Settlement Conferences

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Judge Lee Trying Out New Approach - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has set forth a new Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) system for San Francisco asbestos cases. She stated...more

Chemicals, Compliance and the Toxic Substances Control Act

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) required the compiling of a national register of chemicals that were manufactured in or imported into the United States for a non-exempt commercial purpose, and the first TSCA Inventory...more

The Kawartha Lakes Saga Continues: Oil Spills and the Dangers of DIY

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Gendron v Thompson Fuels et al provides a cautionary tale for homeowners hoping to "handle things on [their] own". In this case, the plaintiff-homeowner attempted to clean up a domestic fuel oil spill with Tupperware...more

Legal and Financial Risk - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Secured creditors are not left out in the cold - In the recent case of Kevin Taylor v Van Dutch Marine Holding Ltd and others, the High Court decided that the exercise of existing rights by a secured creditor should not be...more

Keep Viking Pump in Your Long-Tail Claim Toolbox

“Long-tail” claims involve personal injury or property damage from alleged exposure to injury-causing products, such as asbestos or PFCs, over a number of years and multiple policy periods. Courts in various jurisdictions use...more

The King’s Time Is Up: Arizona Supreme Court Holds That the Statute of Repose Bars Untimely Claims by State Entities and Overrides...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Elecs., Inc., 2017 Ariz. LEXIS 121 (Ariz. May 10, 2017) - Between 1960 and 2000, Carlos Tarazon (“Tarazon”) performed work installing and repairing water piping for various contractors and...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

by Dentons on

The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Fifth Circuit: Responsible Party Has Right to Recover Contribution from Others at Fault in Oil Spills

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a recent ruling dated June 9, 2017, In re: Complaint of Settoon Towing LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit interpreted the statutory language of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to grant the responsible...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration As To The Claims Of Non-Signatory Plaintiffs

by Carlton Fields on

A buyer of a manufactured home sued the manufacturer, seller and lender in connection with toxic mold that was found in the home’s water system. The underlying retail installment contract contained an arbitration agreement...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Applies Ohio Mixed Dust Exposure Statute

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Recently, in State ex rel. American Electric Power v. Swope, the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of a number of mixed dust exposure cases. Dozens of persons brought claims alleging injuries as a result of...more

Jurisdictional Reach of State Courts Limited

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a closely-watched California Supreme Court ruling on Monday, finding that California state courts did not have specific jurisdiction to hear the claims of nonresident plaintiffs in a class...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses California’s Sliding Scale Approach to Specific Personal Jurisdiction

On June 19, 2017, in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the Supreme Court held, by a vote of 8 to 1, that California courts lack specific jurisdiction to entertain a nonresident’s claims that are...more

Old Grounds: A Lack of Prop 65 Warnings Brew Trouble for Coffee Franchisors

by Lewitt Hackman on

California Prop 65 warnings – many residents barely notice these anymore, as we’ve lived with Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act notices for over 30 years now. They appear at gas pumps; in apartment and office...more

De vervuiler van bodemverontreiniging betaalt niet meer? (Dutch)

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The polluter pays (we always thought). No, for soil contaminants that originated before 1987 (the so-called 'historical pollutants'), this point of departure does not last long. Since 2006, the Land Protection Act has entered...more

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