Toxic Exposure

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Environmental exposure: a step towards compensation of neighbours of former asbestos-using plants?

On 22 October 2015, the Paris Civil Court ("Tribunal de grande instance de Paris") handed down a judgment concerning environmental exposure to asbestos which could pave the way towards compensation of neighbours of industrial...more

Children's Products: A Discussion of the Regulations Governing Lead Content

Lead poisoning in children has been found to cause adverse health effects ranging from hyperactivity to developmental delays, blindness and even death. See 16 C.F.R. § 1303.5. Even minimally elevated blood lead levels in...more

Risky Business: OEHHA to Require Prop 65 Data Submissions

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has adopted new regulations that require businesses that make or use chemicals listed under Proposition 65 to provide certain information about the...more

Illinois Law Blocks Decades Old Asbestos Suits

According to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, virtually every individual on the earth has been exposed to asbestos during some point in their lives, and Illinois residents are not excluded. With such a broad range of...more

Update: Albany County Legislature Amends Controversial Toxic Toys Law

Last year, we wrote about a growing trend of local jurisdictions regulating children’s products, primarily toys and apparel. One such jurisdiction, Albany County, NY, enacted a far-reaching ordinance, “Local Law J of 2014,”...more

The TCE Noncancer Reference Concentration: Changing the Method of Weighing the Scientific Evidence Without First Reaching...

Now is the time to reflect on what portion of these regulatory decisions should be science-based, what portion should be policy-based, and whether the nontransparent application of agency lore is appropriate at...more

New Draft Prop. 65 Warning Regulations: What Manufacturers and Suppliers Need to Know

On November 24, 2015, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) issued proposed revisions to its January 15, 2015 draft Prop. 65 warning regulations. 27 CCR §§25600 et seq. The full text of the new draft...more

Must Playground Equipment & Surfaces Comply with CPSC Lead Limits for Children’s Products?

Over the past few months, numerous national media outlets have published stories about the potential health risks of a material commonly used on playground surfaces—crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is a granule material typically...more

Illinois Asbestos Court Rules on Personal Jurisdiction in First Post-Daimler Decisions

In what is believed to be the Court’s first post-Daimler written decisions on the issue, Madison County, Illinois Judge Stephen A. Stobbs recently issued two decisions addressing whether the Court has personal jurisdiction...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Holds that Expert Is Not Permitted to Opine as to Source of Lead Paint Exposure Based Solely Upon...

On October 16, 2015, in Jakeem Roy v. Sandra B. Dackman, et al., No. 6, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Oct. 16, 2015), the Court of Appeals of Maryland held that a pediatrician is not qualified to offer an expert opinion regarding the...more

Jury in C-8 Exposure Case Awards $1.6M in Compensatory Damages, Denies Punitives

An Ohio federal jury in October handed out the first verdict in multi-district litigation (“MDL”) against E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. related to ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or C-8, in drinking water around DuPont’s...more

Court Allows Pennsylvania Punitive Damages Claims in Petroleum Exposure Case

The judge in a petroleum exposure case will allow a jury to decide whether a gas station operator and its environmental consultant recklessly failed to inform a plumber of the risks of working in an excavated pit with a...more

Third Circuit Affirms First-Filed Rule to Nix Toxic Tort Forum Shopping

Chastising the Plaintiffs for forum shopping, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a district court’s decision to dismiss a matter with prejudice on the grounds that the Plaintiffs had previously...more

EPA Launches New Web Page on Secondary and Service Containers for Pesticides

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has a new webpage that compiles information about secondary containers and service containers for pesticides. Secondary and service...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Causation Experts in Vinyl Chloride Case

Underscoring the importance of sound science in expert opinions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the exclusion of expert testimony that did not adequately draw or extrapolate from reliable...more

Suppliers of Inherently Dangerous Raw Materials Remain Excluded from the Protections of the Component Parts Doctrine

In Brady v. Calsol, Inc. 2015 No. B262028, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, reversed summary judgment for a raw materials supplier where there was a triable issue of fact as to whether the benzene levels...more

EPA Requests Comments on Revocation of Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is requesting comments on a proposal to revoke all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Waste on land: a warning for landowners

Fly-tipping continues to cause problems for businesses, governments and communities. Defra recently assessed the number of fly-tipping incidents during 2014-2015 at around 900,000 in England alone.1 It comes as a surprise to...more

Hydrocarbon Exposure Dismissal Affirmed

You might recall previous entries discussing Parr v. Aruba – a suit for personal injuries from oilfield pollution (and a $2.9MM verdict for the plaintiffs). Not all similar suits have the same result....more

OSHA Enacts Regulations Protecting Workers in Confined Spaces

Working in confined spaces poses a particular risk to Chicago employees. Consult a workers’ compensation lawyer at 312.600.0000. Most employees face some type of risk in the workplace, however, those who work in confined...more

Texas Appellate Court Sides with Energy Industry by Requiring Personal Injury Plaintiffs to Submit Expert Testimony in Nuisance...

In a significant victory for the energy industry, on October 7, 2015, the San Antonio Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of Marathon Oil Corporation, Marathon Oil EF, LLC (together “Marathon”) and Plains...more

Plaintiff’s Mere Presence in Area Where Asbestos is Present Insufficient to Establish Bystander Exposure

In Schiffer v. CBS Corporation (filed 9/9/15; modified 9/30/15), the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendant asbestos insulation manufacturer finding...more

Operating a Well in California May Automatically Put You At Risk for a Prop 65 Lawsuit

California's Proposition 65 is notorious for its duty-to-warn requirement, which states that a business must give a clear and reasonable warning prior to exposing people to certain levels of any listed chemical. The warning...more

California Attorney General Targets Prop. 65 Plaintiffs’ Settlement Terms

The California Office of the Attorney General is seeking to limit certain payment provisions common in Prop. 65 plaintiffs’ settlements with defendants. The proposed rulemaking, published September 25, 2015, would limit the...more

Better Late Than Never: The California Supreme Court Reverses Itself, Holding That Corporate Policyholders May Assign Insurance...

Asset purchase and sale transactions are a preferred structure for many corporate deals. For a variety of reasons, it may be prudent for businesses or product lines to be transferred through these transactions, and an asset...more

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