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Bill Introduced in Congress to Ban Bisphenol A (BPA)

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) remains hotly debated. This summer, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Congresswomen Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) announced the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act. The bill seeks to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Products Liability

Continuing Litigation Over Titanium Dioxide in Sunscreen and Cosmetics Underscores Importance of Exposure Assessments in Significant Proposition 65 Cases

In an ongoing Proposition 65 litigation brought in late 2013 by the Public Interest Alliance (PIA) targeting more than 100 sun-protection and powder-cosmetics manufacturers, plaintiff claims defendants’ products expose consumers…more
| Environmental Law, Products Liability, Toxic Torts

New Jersey Court Turns the Screws on the Insured, Holding That “Your Product” Exclusion Bars Coverage For Defective Product Claim

In Titanium Industries, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., No. A-1922-12T1, 2014 WL 4428324 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Sept. 10, 2014), the court held that the commercial general liability policy issued by defendant Federal Insurance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Insurance, Products Liability

First Circuit Confirms No Fiduciary Breach in Use of a Retained Asset Account

For the second time this summer, the First Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether an ERISA fiduciary’s use of a retained asset account (“RAA”) to pay death benefits is a breach of fiduciary duty. In Merrimon v. Unum Life…more
| Insurance

Bermuda: Taking Charge of the Future - A review of recent legislative changes relating to Trusts and Life Insurance Contracts

Bermuda is a financial centre that is determined to grow, diversify, and improve upon the range and quality of the financial and professional services that it offers to its international clients. This goal is supported by…more
| Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

In California, Looks Really Do Matter: Visual Appearance and Internal Consistency of Policy Language Supports Application of Exclusion

In Yu v. Landmark American Ins. Co., 2014 WL 4162365 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2014)*, the California Court of Appeals relied on the visual appearance and internal consistency of an endorsement entitled “EXCLUSION – YOUR PRIOR…more
| Construction Law, Insurance

Ice Cream Maker No Softee When It Comes to Infringement of Its Trademarks

Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Intellectual Property

The Adverse Amicus: Does Court Acceptance of Factual Assertions Require a More Active Response?

The September 1 issue of the New York Times reports on an upcoming article on the role of amicus curiae briefs in shaping Supreme Court opinions. The article, authored by William and Mary professor, Allison Orr Larsen, addresses…more
| Civil Procedure

Fifth Circuit Applies Punitive Damages Limitations to Statutory Civil Penalties

It’s not uncommon for state and federal regulatory schemes to provide for an award of statutory civil penalties to deter and punish certain conduct that it is difficult to monetize in a suit for damages…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law

Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LP v. Ratner et al.: Proving Commonality in Class Certification Cases Post-Wal-Mart v. Dukes

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011) — which heightened requirements for plaintiffs seeking class certification — at least two courts reviewing toxic-tort issues have…more
| Civil Procedure, Toxic Torts

Injured Sailors May Seek Punitive Damages in the Asbestos MDL

U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees asbestos multidistrict litigation, issued a decision in July permitting injured sailors to seek punitive damage awards. In Re:…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Maritime Law, Products Liability

California Federal District Court Grants Partial Dismissal to Suit Alleging Violations of the Endangered Species Act

Earlier this month, a federal district court in California partially granted motions to dismiss a second amended complaint filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network alleging that the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Science, Computers, & Technology

N.J. Federal Court Dismisses Environmental Suit Against Lockheed Martin for Lack of Health Threat

A New Jersey federal court recently dismissed an environmental suit against Lockheed Martin, rejecting the plaintiffs’ argument that any exposure to particular environmental contaminants is harmful. Leese v. Lockheed Martin…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential

Credit Crunch Digest -- August 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor yen manipulation; Bank of America’s nearly $17 billion settlement with regulators; ongoing investigations into “dark pool” trading; a $1.3 billion fine imposed on Bank of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Update: California Supreme Court to Review Secondary Asbestos Exposure Cases

In Sedgwick’s June 2014 Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update, we reported on two conflicting decisions from different California appellate courts regarding companies’ duty to prevent “take home exposures” to asbestos brought…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability
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