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Colorado Supreme Court Grants Petition to Consider Use of Lone Pine Orders in Toxic Tort Case Involving Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court granted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Antero Resources, et al. v. Strudley, et al. The Strudley case involves claims relating to alleged injuries from natural gas drilling...more

Development of Horizontal Drilling Techniques Drives Global Demand for Associated Fluids and Chemicals

Research and Markets, a leading international market research and market data firm, has released its report on Global Trends and Forecasts for Fracking Chemicals and Fluid Markets. The report estimates that the global...more

California Proposition 65 Caramel Coloring Suits

This January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report entitled “Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda” detailing its investigation of the presence of...more

Ohio Imposes New Fugitive Emissions Rules on Horizontal Drillers

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has announced new requirements for horizontal drillers aimed at reducing air pollution from so-called “fugitive emissions,” which are generally caused by leaking valves or...more

DfE Under Fire: Do Fragrances Pass the Sniff Test?

Logos are powerful in driving consumer preferences. My three-year-old loves the Starbucks logo because he knows it means cookies for him and a chai latte for mommy. The Energy Star logo often plays an important role in...more

EU Environment Report

In This Issue: - Climate Change: ..ETS exemption for flights outside Europe rejected by EP Environment Committee - Chemicals: ..ECHA sends legally binding letters to companies which have registered...more

Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource...more

Written description for functional limitations in view of Alcon Research Ltd. v. Barr Labs

Alcon owns US 5,631,287 (‘287), of which Claim 1 recites “[a] method of enhancing the chemical stability of an aqueous composition comprising a therapeutically-effective amount of a prostaglandin, wherein the method comprises...more

Global Regulatory Update for March 2014

Canada Begins Consultation On Potential Amendments To The E2 Regulations: On March 10, 2014, Canada began a public consultation on potential amendments to the Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations. Canada states that the...more

DTSC Announces Initial Priority Products Under Green Chemistry Regulations

The next phase of California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations (SCPR), also known as the Green Chemistry regulations, began on March 13, 2014, with the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s announcement of the three...more

Senate Bill Would Expand Current Phthalates Prohibitions

Earlier this year, we blogged about Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s (D-NY) announcement that she planned to introduce legislation expanding the scope of Section 108 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”). That...more

California Identifies the First Consumer Products for Assessment under its Safer Consumer Products Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) took an important step in implementing its Safer Consumer Products program by identifying the first three consumer products that will be targeted for scrutiny. More...more

Warning – California proposes major changes for Proposition 65 warnings: take part in the process

The California agency that implements Proposition 65 – perhaps the nation’s highest-profile consumer product toxics law – has proposed far-reaching changes to the now-familiar warnings required under that statute. ...more

California Names First Consumer Products for Green Chemistry “Priority Products” List

Recently, we have informed our readers of product safety legislative and regulatory initiatives, including green chemistry programs, driven at the state level. One of these important state regulatory initiatives is...more

Wyoming Supreme Court Remands Fracking Chemical Disclosure Case to District Court for Reconsideration

On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling in a case concerning the scope of trade secret protection available to exempt certain fracking chemical information—which Wyoming requires to be...more

Are Fracking Fluid Recipes Trade Secrets? Wyoming Supreme Court Sends Issue Back to District Court

In a unanimous opinion issued March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed and remanded a case concerning the confidentiality of the ingredients in fracking fluids. The decision keeps alive a challenge to the...more

California Announces First Consumer Products Subjected to New Green Chemistry Rules

Today, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations....more

Federal Circuit Finds Easy Solution to Avodart Solvate Written Description Question

Are claims that recite a “solvate” of a chemical compound invalid for lack of written description if the patent does not describe any specific solvates? In GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., the Federal Circuit...more

BRG Review: Winter 2014 - Volume 4, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Introduction - Market Share Liability from an Economics Perspective - The Safety of Chemical Products - Chemical Leaks and Spills - Excerpt from Introduction: An important...more

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Draft TSCA Reform Legislation

On March 12, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing focused on the discussion draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). On February 27, 2014, Representative John...more

Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers Must Take Action Following DTSC Reveal of Priority Products

Once again, California is on the leading edge of environmental programs. An approaching April 1, 2014, deadline for publication of a “Priority Products List” under “Safer Consumer Products Regulations” that first went into...more

Toy Companies Sued for Importing Defective Products

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed suit in federal court against four California companies and six individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”) and the...more

Good Chemistry

Thanks to a merger, a poultry and produce wash is helping the oil industry extract resources more effectively - In 2008, Vic Keasler was performing molecular biology tests at a pharma, biotech, and academic research...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on NCE Exclusivity for Combination Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently issued Draft Guidance to the Industry, titled “New Chemical Entity Exclusivity Determinations for Certain Fixed-Combination Drug Products,” that proposes a change in its...more

GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit issued an opinion on Monday in GlaxoSmithKline LLC v. Banner Pharmacaps, Inc. illustrating how difficult it can be to overturn a district court determination based on a question of fact, at least when the...more

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