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Missouri Court Vacates Talc Verdict: Cites Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

by Polsinelli on

Vacating a $72 million talc verdict against Johnson & Johnson, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, held that the case should never have been tried in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The plaintiff did not live in...more

NGOs and Farmworkers File Motion for Expedited Briefing and Hearing in Chlorpyrifos Litigation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 13, 2017, Petitioners League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), et al. filed a motion to expedite briefing and hearing in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Pruitt, Case No. 17-71636 (9th Cir. June...more

Construction Companies Can Be Liable for “Secondary Exposure” of Asbestos to Household Members

The history of asbestos regulation in the United States is complicated. Prior to the 1970s, asbestos-containing materials used in construction was widespread....more

Missouri Appeals Court Vacates $72 Million Verdict For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In a significant defense win applying recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent, a Missouri appeals court reversed and vacated a $72 million judgment for lack of personal jurisdiction. Estate of Jacqueline Fox v. Johnson & Johnson,...more

The Scope of an Insurer’s Right to Control the Defense – OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Celanese Corp.

The scope of an insurer’s right to control the defense of an insured is an underdeveloped issue in Massachusetts case law, which the Appeals Court recently addressed in OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Celanese Corp., No....more

Proposition 65: OEHHA Releases Q&A Regarding Proposition 65 Regulations for Clear and Reasonable Warnings

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In August 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a Questions and Answers for Businesses (Q&A) document related to its August 28, 2016, adopted revisions to its Proposition 65...more

OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Standard is Now Being Enforced for Construction

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Enforcement began September 23, 2017, for the construction industry. Everyone covered by the standard is required to...more

Amended OSHA Silicon Standard: Thirty Day Enforcement Phase-In Memorandum

\The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) previously published a March 25, 2016, Federal Register Notice stating it is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable in...more

Construction Employers Now Subject to Enforceable OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule; Grace Period for “Good Faith”...

by Bryan Cave on

Construction employers are now subject to OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, which became enforceable on September 23, 2017. OSHA published a guidance memorandum dated September 20, 2017, which set forth a 30-day...more

OSHA Adopts 30-Day “Phase-In” of Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA announced a thirty day phase-in for enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. The new rule will be fully effective by Monday, October 23, 2017....more

Fumes, Ultraviolet Radiation from Welding Named Carcinogens by IARC

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Welding fumes and ultraviolet radiation from welding have recently been classified as Group 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency....more

OSHA Grants Brief Reprieve on Silica Enforcement

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On September 20, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued a memorandum to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which becomes effective September 23, 2017. In...more

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

by Littler on

September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Exclusion of Expert Testimony that “Cumulative Exposure” Equals Causation in Asbestos Cases

by Reminger Co., LPA on

An essential element in an asbestos case is proof that an exposure to a particular defendant’s product is a substantial factor in causing the injury. To satisfy their burden, plaintiffs rely upon testimony from experts. ...more

Vapor Intrusion: Why Property Owners and Purchasers really need to pay attention

by Dickinson Wright on

An increasing degree of attention is being paid to instances of vapor intrusion, the process by which volatile chemicals migrate, in vapor form, from soil or groundwater into indoor air spaces of buildings. Even in the era of...more

Aviations Happenings - Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: ·$2.8 Million Verdict Upheld Against Engine...more

On-Site Hospital/Radium: August 25th Commonground Blog Post Addresses Assessment Question

The blog Commonground has an August 25th post addressing a question regarding the assessment of a former on-site hospital that had utilized radium to treat tumors. The blog Commonground is a forum for discussion of a...more

California Jury Returns $417 Million Award—Of Which $347 Million Constitute Punitive Damages—In Individual Case Alleging That...

They don’t call the California Superior Court in Los Angeles “The Bank” for nothing. Late last month, a jury held Johnson & Johnson liable for $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages in a case...more

Take-Home Exposure and Stream of Commerce

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Joseph Petitpas v. Ford Motor Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 13 Cal.App.5th 261 (July 5, 2017) - Plaintiffs Marline and Joseph Petitpas sued Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ford Motor Company,...more

Is Your Company Ready for the New Prop 65?

by Polsinelli on

One year from now, companies that do business in California will have to comply with new warning regulations under the state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (“Proposition 65”)....more

Chemical Exposures & The Cancers They Cause

by Howard Ankin on

Chemical exposure in the workplace poses a significant risk to all workers and can cause everything from skin problems to respiratory illnesses. As of 2014, roughly 8.8% of all work-related fatalities were attributed to...more

Warning: New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Taking Effect

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A year from now, dramatic changes to California’s Proposition 65 warning regulations take full effect. The new regulations (formally published by the State in August 2016) significantly alter the “safe harbor” rules for...more

Schwartz v. Accuratus Corp.: Nonspouse’s “Take-Home” Liability Case

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently issued a decision that permitted a frequent visiting nonspouse to maintain a “take-home” exposure claim under New Jersey law. Although the Court was...more

The King’s Time Is Up: Arizona Supreme Court Holds That the Statute of Repose Bars Untimely Claims by State Entities and Overrides...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Elecs., Inc., 2017 Ariz. LEXIS 121 (Ariz. May 10, 2017) - Between 1960 and 2000, Carlos Tarazon (“Tarazon”) performed work installing and repairing water piping for various contractors and...more

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

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