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Flaster Greenberg PC

Marcellus Shale Update

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On January 11, 1912, women weavers shut down the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Earlier that day, they opened their pay envelopes to find their wages cut by 4%. ...more

Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP

Northern District of Illinois: Insured’s Misrepresentations Do Not Necessarily Defeat Coverage

The U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois just sent insurers another reminder of the difficulties of proving that an insured’s misrepresentations defeat coverage. In State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance...more

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Texas grand jury indicts Arkema and company executives over Hurricane Harvey emissions

On August 3, 2018, a grand jury in Houston, Texas, indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema North America, Inc. (Arkema), its CEO and a manager at the manufacturer’s Crosby, Texas, plant on criminal charges for the “reckless...more

Hodgson Russ LLP

Court of Appeals Upholds Town Board Discretion in Delivering fire protection services

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In a case pitting the role of elected representative government versus the will of the people expressed through referendum, the Court of Appeals confirmed that where local governments comply with express statutory...more

Varnum LLP

Significant Incentives for Fire Protection Systems Included in 2017 Tax Reform

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created a number of new opportunities for tax savings. One area in which tax benefits have been enhanced relates to the installation of fire sprinklers, or fire protection systems in...more

Dacarba LLC

Wood Pellet Industry Insurance Risks

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Fire risk within the wood pellet industry is high. So high, in fact, that fires in varying degrees of severity have been commonplace, and are viewed by many as inevitable—simply a byproduct of the industry. While this raises...more

Fisher Phillips

An Attorney's Perspective on Combustible Dust Compliance

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I handled my first combustible dust case in the late 80s and long before I worked at the Imperial Sugar plant event, I had learned about the fickle and never-to-be-taken lightly risks associated with combustible dust....more

Holland & Knight LLP

Massachusetts Targets Old Inventories of Firefighting Foam

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On May 23, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), announced a program to inventory and dispose of pre-2003 firefighting...more

Cozen O'Connor

The New York Note - May 2018 #2

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This Week in New York – Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws, City Council Passes Fire Safety Bills & Executive Budget Hearings - Mayor Signs Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws - This week the Mayor signed 11 bills into law that combat...more

Wilson Elser

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Fire in the Sky?

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Every commercial airline flight carries scores of lithium-ion powered batteries in phones, tablets, computers, activity trackers, cameras, headphones and other devices. Consumers need to respect the risks that are associated...more

Zelle  LLP

Do Fires Cause Mudslides?

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Most commercial and residential insurance policies contain exclusions for earth movement, flood or surface water. At first glance it may appear clear that these policies would not cover damage from a mudslide. However, as the...more

Cozen O'Connor

The Eleventh Circuit Affirms CSST Fire Verdict in Subrogation Case

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In a 14-page, unpublished opinion dated January 10, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a verdict now in excess of $1.5 million with interest in a subrogation claim that also involved uninsured...more

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Hogan Lovells

Textile factory safety claims proceed to arbitration under the Bangladesh Accord

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In a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal last month, claims against two global fashion brands under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Bangladesh Accord“) were declared admissible and...more

Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury...

You Should Know - October 2017

We Will Get Through This Together - Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling...more

Cozen O'Connor

Fires in Buildings Under Construction, Renovation or Demolition Present Unique Subrogation Challenges

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The most recent edition of the NFPA Journal, the Magazine of the National Fire Protection Association, highlights the unique dangers for large buildings under construction and renovation from significant fire damage to those...more

Zelle  LLP

Alarming Trend Continues with Weymouth Condo Fire

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Yet another under-construction residential complex nearing completion has been ravaged by fire, this time in the South Shore community of Weymouth, Massachusetts. In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, a four-alarm fire at...more

Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion -...

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The California Attorney General has reiterated fire protection districts’ broad authority to enforce building standards and regulations disseminated by the State Fire Marshal, including for residential occupancies and...more

Zelle  LLP

Dual Boston Blazes Prompt a New Look at Construction Risks

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In recent weeks, massive conflagrations destroyed two Boston-area residential developments in the midst of construction — one in the city’s Ashmont neighborhood in Dorchester, the other in Waltham, a small but bustling city...more

Howard Ankin

The Fiery Risks of Fourth of July Fireworks

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When Fourth of July fireworks don’t explode where and when they are supposed to, they can cause serious injuries, property damage, and even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2015 was one of the most...more

Dentons

New fire regulations in the UAE – are you compliant?

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The recent fire at Grenfell ?Tower in London acts as a stark reminder for our developer and contractor clients of the dangers of disregarding fire regulations....more

Gray Reed & McGraw

An Oldie but a Goodie: A Friendly Reminder About Firework Laws in Texas

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We covered firework laws several times in the past but it’s always a good reminder as we approach the Fourth of July weekend where fireworks are more than likely in your plans. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you should...more

Wilson Elser

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

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Since our last blog post on lithium-ion batteries, there has been a report that a self-balancing scooter, known as a hoverboard, is the suspected cause for a March 10, 2017, fatal fire that occurred in Harrisburg,...more

Womble Bond Dickinson

Sounding the Alarm on Code Compliance Costs

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Most multifamily owners are familiar with reserve requirements for items such as fire alarms and alarm replacement. Yet those owners may be surprised to learn that complying with the latest fire code changes can jeopardize...more

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