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2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Issues CAFA Opinion in Mass Action Addressing Two Issues of First Impression

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Warren Lester, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., No. 14-31383, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 1/9/2018), the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing two issues of first impression involving the Class...more

PA Superior Court Answers Question of Whether Fair Share Act Applies to Strict Liability Asbestos Claims

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On December 28, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court published an anticipated ruling on whether the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act, 42 Pa. C.S. 7102, applies to strict liability claims in the context of an alleged...more

Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Union County, Arkansas Chemical Manufacturing...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and The Chemours Company FC, LLC (“Chemours”) entered into a December 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution...more

Third Circuit Latest to Hollow Out Bright Line Bare Metal Defense

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On October 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held—in a case of first impression—that a manufacturer of a “bare metal” product may be liable for a plaintiff’s injuries caused by later added...more

WV Supreme Court Kicks Failure to Warn Case Under Michigan Law

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently upheld the Mass Litigation Panel’s grant of summary judgment against a class of Plaintiffs alleging birth defects resulting from the use of prescription medicine in...more

Lead Based Paint Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Company Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and R S Dearing Construction (“RSDC”) entered into a December 6th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of the Toxic Substance...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig - SERVICE

Butler is a civil litigation firm. We are unique because our practice is devoted entirely to defense and insurance litigation. Our clients are corporations, insurance companies, and insured individuals. Our representation...more

Mercury/OSHA Enforcement: Citations Issued to Plainville, Connecticut Contractor for Alleged Violations Related to Facility...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued citations to a Plainville, Connecticut construction contractor for alleged violations related to the demolition of a mercury boiler. Manafort Brothers, Inc....more

New York Court Rejects Insurer’s Defenses to Coverage for Asbestos Claims Arising Out of the Construction of the Original World...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the New York Supreme Court issued an important ruling benefiting policyholders seeking insurance coverage for toxic tort claims. In American Home Assurance Company v. Port Authority of New York & New...more

Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Boat Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Aluma-Weld, Inc. (“AWI”) entered a Consent Administrative Order addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“APC&EC”)...more

Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial, District Court Judge In Utica V. Fireman’s Fund Rules On Motions In Limine

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerns an action filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) against its reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) seeking to enforce certain reinsurance contracts against FFIC with respect to...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County, Arkansas Steel Tire Cord Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Tokusen U.S.A., Inc. (“TI”) entered into a November 13th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-099. The CAO...more

Asbestos Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Jonesboro, Arkansas Construction Firm Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Shannon Kee Construction, LLC (“SKC”) entered into a November 15th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control...more

Arkansas Advisory Committee on Petroleum Storage Tanks – December Meeting

As noted in previous blog posts, Arkansas operates a petroleum storage tank trust fund that provides reimbursement for eligible storage tanks for certain corrective actions and third party damage claims due to a release of...more

Federal Criminal Enforcement: U.S. Department of Justice Announces Sentencing of Saltwater Disposal Well Operators for Alleged...

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in a November 27th news release that two saltwater disposal well operators had been sentenced in a Bismarck, North Dakota, Federal District Court for alleged Safe...more

Construction/Demolition Landfill Enforcement: Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Landfill Enter into...

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and Hyche Landfill, LLC (“HL”) entered into a Special Order by Consent (“Special Order”) addressing alleged violations of Alabama regulations related to landfill...more

Ammonia/OSHA Enforcement: Penalties Proposed for Alleged Florida Electric Utility Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a November 17th news release stating it cited Tampa Electric Co. (“Tampa Electric”) for alleged violations at its Gibsonton, Florida facility related to a...more

The Sting of a Thousand Cuts - China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment

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On October 18, 2017, President Xi Jinping, in a three and a half hour speech to the Party Congress emphasized that building an ecological civilization is necessary for the continued development of China. He chose his words...more

Oil Spill/Water Enforcement: Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and Vicksburg, Mississippi River Barge Operator Enter...

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) and Magnolia Marine Transport (“MMT”) entered into a November 1st Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing alleged violation of a provision of the Mississippi Code addressing...more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Trial Dates and Settlement Conference Process

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Judge Lee Going Back To "In-Person" MSC System For Preference And "Five Year" Cases - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has indicated that asbestos cases up against the five year...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Pangburn, Arkansas Enter into Consent Administrative...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Pangburn, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge...more

Voluntary Disclosure/Multi-Media Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Energy Production Company Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a Consent Agreement (“CA”) with ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGP”) resolving alleged violations of...more

CA appellate court upholds most significant portions of $1.15B abatement judgment against lead paint manufacturers

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In a unanimous 138-page decision issued on November 14, 2017, which departed from appellate courts in every other jurisdiction that have considered the issue, the California Sixth District Court of Appeal in People v. ConAgra...more

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