Recent Publications - Lawrence S. Han


Dioxin: State Developments
May 24, 2017
New Jersey Officials Concerned Over Pompton Site The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) reportedly is concerned that soil and fill with low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) and dioxin near three rivers could enter the area’s water supply. Background The abandoned 12-acre “Top Soil Depot” (“TSD”) site, located in Wayne Township, Passaic County, …
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International Dioxin Developments
April 27, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Incinerator Project Proposed for Central China The government of Xiantao in central China has contracted with Infore Environment Technology Group for a new incineration plant for the area, according to news reports. Background A prior incinerator project was suspended last year after residents protested. An economic planner in Xiantao proposed the new project on February …
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Dioxin: State Developments
April 27, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
New Jersey Legislators Seek Investigation of Impact on Superfund Sites of Argentinian Company’s Bankruptcy Two resolutions primarily sponsored by New Jersey Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith and New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace urge federal and state authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company, YPF S.A., to discharge Superfund obligations through United States …
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Dioxin: Regulatory Developments
March 27, 2017 | General Liability | Complex Torts & Product Liability
V.A. Begins Processing Claims from Marines Affected by Toxic Water On the heels of agreeing to provide disability benefits potentially totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the federal government has begun processing veterans’ claims for disability benefits. In …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
February 16, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
New Hampshire Bill Would Require Sediment Analysis at Construction Sites A New Hampshire state representative, Wayne Burton, has introduced a bill that would require construction projects that disturb sediments of estuarine waters to analyze the characteristics of the sediments and submit a chemical analysis of the sediments to the state’s Department of Environmental Services (“DES”) …
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The Science of Dioxin
January 25, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Researchers Say They Have Mapped PHCZs in the Great Lakes Researchers from the School of Public Health, the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and from the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences and Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan have published …
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The Science of Dioxin
December 20, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Atlantic Killifish Rapidly Adapted to Pollution, Researchers Say A paper published in the journal Science has concluded that Atlantic killifish populations have rapidly adapted to normally lethal levels of pollution in four urban estuaries. Background The paper, entitled, “The genomic landscape of rapid repeated evolutionary adaptation to toxic pollution in wild fish,” is credited to …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
November 21, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | General Liability
New Jersey Senator Proposes Creation of Dedicated Environmental Fund A proposed constitutional amendment has been introduced into the New Jersey legislature that, if adopted, would dedicate all moneys from settlements and awards collected by the state in connection with legal claims based on environmental contamination. The proposed amendment would provide that such amounts only could …
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International Dioxin Developments
October 24, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
City in India Continues Open Burning of Garbage, Local Newspaper Reports A city in the southern part of Punjab, India, is still burning garbage in the open, in violation of government directives to the contrary, a newspaper in India has reported. According to the report, the city of Bathinda is burning the garbage rather than …
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The Science of Dioxin
October 24, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Researchers Claim TCDD Exposure Led to Fewer Boy Babies for Fathers A paper published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine is reporting that some men exposed to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-pdioxin (“TCDD”) fathered fewer boy children than those with lower exposures. The paper, “Sex ratio of the offspring of New Zealand phenoxy herbicide producers exposed to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin,” was authored …
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Dioxin: Regulatory Developments
August 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
EPA Proposes $11 Million Cleanup for Standard Chlorine Chemical Site on the Hackensack River The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has proposed a plan to clean up contamination at the Standard Chlorine Chemical Company, Inc. Superfund site in Kearny, New Jersey. Background The 25-acre site is part of the New Jersey Meadowlands and on the …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
August 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Members of Congress Call for Cleanup of San Jacinto Waste Pits Republican and Democratic members of the House of Representatives from Texas are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to remove all contamination from the San Jacinto Waste Pits. The EPA is close to proposing a long term remedy for the 14-acre San Jacinto …
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International Dioxin Developments
July 20, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
One Boiler Remains Offline at Durham York Energy Centre One of two boilers at the Durham York Energy Centre (“DYEC”) remains offline following reports of high emission limits for dioxins and furans from that boiler. Results for the second boiler at the facility were below the allowable limits. Background The DYEC is a new, state-of-the-art …
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The Science of Dioxin
July 20, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Kentucky Researchers Say They Have Identified Potential Link Between Pollutants and Human Disease Risk Michael Petriello, a postdoctoral fellow working with researchers at the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (the “U.K. S.R.C.”), is reporting that he discovered a mechanism that may link exposure to environmental pollutants to increased human disease risk. Background Michael Petriello, …
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Dioxin: Regulatory Developments
June 21, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
EPA Proposal to Remove Wildwood Site from NPL Continues to Stir Community The recent proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to remove an eight acre area known as the Callahan property of the Ellisville Superfund Site located in Wildwood, Missouri, from the National Priorities List (“NPL”) continues to stir the community. Background In …
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Dioxin: State Developments
June 21, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Florida DEP Proposing Revisions to Surface Water Quality Criteria Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) is initiating rulemaking to consider proposed revisions to the DEP’s human health-based surface water quality criteria. Some environmental groups have expressed concerns that the proposed revisions will damage the state’s rivers, lakes, streams, and coastal waters and that they are …
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International Dioxin Developments
May 23, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Smoke from Landfill Fire in St. Maarten Reportedly Contained Dioxin Smoke from an April fire at the landfill in St. Maarten reportedly contained dioxin. The St. Maarten News reported that “toxic smoke” from the fire contained “dioxins,” which it characterized as “carcinogenic substances that could cause cancer.” It noted that people living downwind from the …
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The Science of Dioxin
April 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Study Asserts That New Class of Fungicides Plays Role in Autism and Neurodegenerative Diseases Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine are reporting that a class of commonly used fungicides produces gene expression changes similar to those in people with autism and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Background The study, published in …
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Dioxin in the Courts
March 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Cerro Flow Seeks Dioxin Survey Before Bellwether Trials Cerro Flow Products, a manufacturer of copper tube for the plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, and industrial markets, has asked the Illinois court hearing pollution claims against it to survey random plaintiffs to determine whether dioxin is present in their blood. Background Plaintiffs in an Illinois state court in …
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The Science of Dioxin
February 17, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Study Finds Glyphosate Is Most Used Pesticide in the United States A study has concluded that the pesticide in the United States with the most “intensive and widespread use” is glyphosate, and that it likely will “remain the most widely applied pesticide worldwide for years to come.” The Study Charles M. Benbrook, formerly a research …
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Dioxin in the Courts
February 17, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Now, Seattle Sues Monsanto As we have previously observed, the San Diego Unified Port District and the cities of San Diego and San Jose, California, as well as the city of Spokane Washington, among others, have sued the Monsanto Company, seeking to hold it responsible for damage they alleged had been caused by polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”). …
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Dioxin in the Courts
January 27, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Monsanto Sues California to Prevent Listing of Glyphosate Under California’s Prop 65 Monsanto Company is taking legal action to prevent what it says is “a flawed listing” of the herbicide glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”), which requires the state to maintain a “list of chemicals known to the state of California to cause …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
January 27, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Washington Legislature Should Raise Toxic Materials Tax to Fund Cleanups, Paper Contends A newspaper in the State of Washington, The Olympian, has criticized the state legislature for diverting funds intended for the Port of Olympia’s future cleanup of Budd Inlet and using them for other purposes. Background A $6 million state grant to begin work …
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Dioxin in the Courts
December 27, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
China Petrochemical and Taiwan Ministry Ordered to Pay $5 Million for Alleged Dioxin Pollution The Tainan District Court, in Taiwan, has ordered China Petrochemical Development Corp (“CPDC”) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs (“MOEA”) to pay NT$168.17 million (US$5.65 million) to more than 300 individuals who claimed that they had been affected by dioxin near …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
October 31, 2015
N.Y. Bill Proposes Ban on Triclosan A bill has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would ban the use of triclosan in cleaning and personal care products. Ban Proposed New York State Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) has introduced legislation, S.6070, that, if enacted, would ban the use of triclosan or any chemical …
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Dioxin in the Courts
September 30, 2015
N.Y. Appeals Court Rejects CERCLA Preemption Argument in Love Canal Case Litigation over Love Canal, one of the “seminal” dioxin sites in the country, continues, as an appellate court in New York has issued an appeal in a case addressing a preemption issue under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Background The …
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The Science of Dioxin
August 31, 2015
Scientific Paper Finds that Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam Did Not Result in Persistent Transgenerational Exposure through Human Milk A review article published in the scientific journal Birth Defects Research, entitled “Agent Orange Exposure and 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) in Human Milk,” has concluded that exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam did not result in “persistent …
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The Science of Dioxin
July 31, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
Paper Finds Loss of Tiparp Increased Sensitivity to Dioxin Toxicity and Lethality A paper published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry has concluded that the loss of the mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase, Tiparp, increased sensitivity to dioxin-induced steatohepatitis and lethality. Tiparp is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (“AHR”) repressor, but its role in dioxin toxicity has been unknown. Now, …
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The Science of Dioxin
June 30, 2015
European Food Safety Authority Seeks Dioxin Risk Assessment for Feed and Food The European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”), following a call from the European Commission, has issued a request for a “scientific statement on the health based guidance value” for dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (“dl-PCBs”). A new EFSA scientific statement reviewed what it characterized …
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The Science of Dioxin
May 31, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
French Study Finds No Dioxin-Breast Cancer Link French researchers have found no association between estimated dietary dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk among a group of women studied. A research article published in Breast Cancer Research has found no association between estimated dietary dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk among the so-called “E3N cohort,” an …
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International Litigation of Product Liability Claims
October 31, 2014 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
Paul Majkowski and Lawrence Han authored an article entitled, “International Litigation of Product Liability Claims: Korea,” which was published in the November 2014 issue of DRI For the Defense. Please click the link below to read “International Litigation of Product Liability Claims.” Adobe Reader is required to view the bulletin. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your PC, …
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