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As 2014 rapidly approaches, employers of all sizes and all industries are working hard to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s (the “Act”) Employer Mandate, now appearing in the Internal Revenue Code, Section 4980H. For employers...more
The Australian Federal Court has fined a children’s sleepwear brand $1 million in relation to its supply of unsafe children’s nightdresses and pajamas.
According to Product Safety Australia, Cotton On Kids Pty Ltd supplied...more
The United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada issued a joint recall of expanding toys in the US and Canada.
The toys, which go by the names Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs...more
Putting an end to the abuse of Nicotine, thriving across Punjab and Haryana in the name of serving Hookah/ Sheesha/ Water-Pipe, the Punjab and Haryana High court has ordered closure of all such outlets besides creation of a...more
In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report identifying formaldehyde as a “known carcinogen” with possible ties to leukemia.
Commentators have speculated that this development may...more
Partner Eric Gotting has authored a chapter in Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2011, and Cases to Watch, 2012, published by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). The section reviews the latest federal appeals court decision,...more
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is found in six different varieties, each of which can be used for different industrial or manufacturing applications. Workers who are exposed to asbestos may face an increased...more
Railroad employees who worked onboard trains or in a railyard may be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other diseases caused by asbestos exposure. Research has found that railroad workers are significantly...more
The latest enacted, amended, and revised REACH requirements; proposed REACH requirements; and REACH enforcement actions in Q4 2011.
Includes proposed amendments and new restrictions on lead and mercury; recommendations on...more
Benzene is absorbed rapidly and extensively after inhalation and ingestion. It is
absorbed less extensively through intact skin; however, percutaneous absorption
may contribute to total body burden....more
This educational case study document is one in a series of self-instructional publications designed to increase knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to promote the adoption of medical practices that aid...more
A summary of the latest global proposals, enactments, amendments, and enforcements applicable to toys and children's products, including apparel, food contact articles, and jewelry.
Includes updates on chemicals of high...more
Thousands of shipyard workers who were employed at the Avondale Shipyards may have suffered asbestos exposure as a result of asbestos-containing products that were used at the site. Workers who were exposed to asbestos at...more
WASHINGTON, March 10 (LID) – Federal regulators will decide this month whether to ban use of the synthetic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging, officials said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is...more
If you’ve been involved in an Oregon car accident, and you’ve been injured, you may be wondering how to file a personal injury claim yourself to avoid paying legal fees.
But you don’t need a lawyer in every case. For...more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two proposed rules last week that would require manufacturers and importers of dozens of high production volume chemicals to provide health, environmental and usage data. EPA...more
Legal overview concerning the healthcare available to first responders....more
This decision is the first Massachusetts appellate case dealing with the statute of limitations for toxic mold, so it’s quite important. The case will make it easier for toxic mold victims to sue wrongdoers in state court....more
The EPA has not demonstrated that it can achieve children's health goals with a voluntary program after their flawed program to report on the safety of chemicals on children failed. This according to a scathing report...more
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
On 28 June 2010, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (“MOIT”) issued Circular No. 28/2010/TT-BTC providing guidelines to the Chemicals Law and Decree No. 108/2008/ND-CP dated 7 October 2008 (“Circular No....more
Victims and their families can breathe easier, literally and figuratively, knowing they are eligible for compensation and health benefits under the Zadroga Act.
If you are an EMT worker, NYC firefightre, NYC police office...more
On April 15, 2010, both Houses of Congress introduced legislation aimed at revamping the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). As explained in more detail below, if adopted as written, this legislation could impose...more
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is conducting two asbestos testing sessions in the El Paso, Texas area for individuals who may have developed cancers such as mesothelioma or other
diseases as a result of asbestos...more
Beginning January 1, 2010, extensive new Medicare reporting obligations will apply to insurance companies and other businesses, including products liability and toxic tort defendants that make payments to Medicare...more