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Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16, 2017 – November 15, 2017. This month brings us a heavy environmental regulatory agenda in Latin America. Brazil aimed to close loopholes on take-back...more

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Hoverboard Suspected in Fatal Fire

by Wilson Elser on

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

Lithium-Ion Battery Failures: Suggestions For Product Manufacturers to Mitigate Liability Risk

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Bloomberg Law, vol. 45, no. 10 - March 6th, 2017. Highly publicized incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires have necessitated large-scale and costly recalls, or highly publicized...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar generation hits new record high on California ISO grid - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 28 - On Feb. 24, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported a new...more

Lithium Metal Oxide Cathode Materials: Commission Grants Relief after First Oral Hearing in a 337 Investigation in 10 Years

On January 26, 2017, after taking the unusual step of ordering a full International Trade Commission oral hearing to consider issues including laches, remedy, and public interest, the Commission issued a limited exclusion...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry tackles financial barriers by merging two key organizations - Greentech Media - Jan 4 - The alphabet soup of solar industry organizations just got a little bit less...more

United States International Trade Commission Issues Final Determination After Holding First Public Hearing in Nearly a Decade

Key Points - - After the first public hearing by the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) in almost a decade, the ITC issued a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) that excludes the Respondent’s accused...more

European Commission short-circuits battery cartel with €166 million fine

by Bryan Cave on

On 12 December the European Commission imposed a total fine of 166 million euros against 3 rechargeable battery producers for infringing competition law in the distribution of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the most...more

Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

by Benesch on

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Small Products, Big Exposures

by Wilson Elser on

They are everywhere: in your pocket, in your car, in your hands, in your lap and even “in your face.” Lithium-ion batteries are in nearly every product that has become a staple of modern life, such as smartphones,...more

DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a proposed rule that would harmonize U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international hazardous materials transport...more

Battery Problems Spread to Smartphones

by Cozen O'Connor on

After more than a decade of laptop battery fires, coupled with the surge in new battery operated devices causing fires (including hoverboards and e-cigarettes), it seemed almost impossible that news of a new string of...more

The State of Umbrella Damages in Canadian Antitrust Litigation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Judges in Ontario and B.C. have reached different decisions on whether cartel members may be liable for umbrella pricing. These two cases of first impression may be headed for the Supreme Court of Canada. ...more

Computer Recall Due to Battery Overheating - Risk of Consumer Injury from Overheating Toshiba Lithium-Ion Batteries

Personal injury lawyers discuss the recent recall of more than 100,000 Toshiba laptop computers and the serious injury risks associated with defective lithium-ion batteries....more

PHMSA Signals Intent to Adopt ICAO Ban on Bulk Shipments of Lithium Ion Batteries as Cargo on U.S. Passenger Aircraft

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Summary: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety advisory notice indicating that the agency may soon adopt a ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries shipped alone as cargo on...more

Hoverboards and Head Injuries

by Howard Ankin on

Over the past several years, hoverboards have become extremely popular mobile devices, especially with people between 20 and 30 years old. In 2015, these self-balancing scooters with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries...more

ICAO Bans Bulk Shipments of Lithium Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On February 22, 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) Council announced an interim ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ICAO Council adopted this new...more

Understanding New Lithium Battery Transport Requirements & Emerging Developments as Safety Concerns Mount

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Growing concerns over the safety of air shipments of lithium batteries have prompted international authorities, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), and Congress to take action. On January 19, 2016, the...more

Hoverboards Under Attack

by Wilson Elser on

Multiple UK retailers have asked customers to throw out their hoverboards, the self-balancing scooters that have clambered onto holiday wish lists this season, due to suspected safety issues with the devices. The retailers...more

Graphene Technology Increases Anode Capacity For Lithium-Ion Batteries

by Varnum LLP on

XG Sciences Inc. of Lansing has used its proprietary know-how to improve lithium-ion battery capacity by a factor of four over conventional anodes. Using graphene nanoplatelet anode material not only improves charge storage...more

Remedies Of FCPA Violations – Lessons Learned From The Boeing 787 Lithium-ion Battery Issue

by Thomas Fox on

Over the past three months, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing has gone through a public relations nightmare and financial disaster over the failure of lithium-ion batteries in its new flagship aircraft, the 787. This Boeing...more

Cobasys Absorbed Into New Subsidiary

by Varnum LLP on

Cobasys LLC of Orion, Michigan has been combined with SB LiMotive Germany GmbH of Stuttgart to form Robert Bosch Battery Systems. This is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. Cobasys has been focused on nickel...more

Michigan Lithium Ion Battery To Power Electric Boat

by Varnum LLP on

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer of outboard motors, has contracted to use lithium ion battery packs from Johnson Controls' Holland plant for its 80-horsepower electric boat motor. The battery is based on a modification...more

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