Recent Publications - James V. Aiosa


Dioxin Developments
April 27, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Report Cites Elevated Dioxin in Some People Who Ate Detroit River Fish A study by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services found that some people who ate fish from the Detroit River two or more times per month had elevated levels of dioxin as well as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) in their …
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Dioxin Developments
March 27, 2017 | General Liability | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Dozens of Plaintiffs in San Jacinto River Superfund Case Now Must Offer Evidence of Alleged Injuries or See Case Dismissed About three dozen “lead” plaintiffs who are suing for damages they alleged they suffered from exposure to toxins at the San Jacinto River Superfund site have begun to offer, or soon will have to offer, …
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Dioxin Developments
February 16, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Court Ruling Moves California Closer to Requiring Warning Label on Glyphosate A tentative ruling by a California judge has moved state regulators closer to requiring a warning label on glyphosate, the main ingredient in the Monsanto product, Roundup. Background In 1986, California voters adopted Proposition 65, more formally known as the Safe Drinking Water and …
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Dioxin Developments
January 25, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Upstate New York County Legislators Support National Firefighter Cancer Registry Legislators in the upstate New York county of Onondaga have voiced their support for a registry that would track cancer cases among firefighters. Supporters of a federal bill, The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, have estimated that as many as three out of five career firefighters …
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Dioxin Developments
December 20, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
State of Washington Is First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Damages and Cleanup Costs The state of Washington has filed the first environmental lawsuit by a state against Monsanto Company seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) produced by the company. The Allegations The complaint, filed in a Washington state court, contends …
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Dioxin Developments
November 21, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | General Liability
Black River PCB Site Is Not Expected to Cause Medical Problems, N.Y. State Health Department Concludes The New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) has issued a public health assessment about the potential health risks associated with contaminants in the Black River PCBs site in Carthage/West Carthage, New York. Background As the public health assessment …
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Dioxin in the Courts
October 24, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Texas Appeals Court, Affirming Decision in San Jacinto Waste Pits Case, Upholds Exclusion of General Causation Opinion and Documentary Evidence About Dioxin An appellate court in Texas, affirming a trial court’s decision in favor of International Paper Company in a lawsuit involving potential liability for dioxin contamination in the San Jacinto Waste Pits, has upheld …
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Dioxin Developments
September 23, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Army Corps Evaluates Alternatives for Remediating San Jacinto River Waste Pits The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a new report at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) that evaluates various remediation alternatives presented in a feasibility study for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (the “Site”). Background …
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International Dioxin Developments
August 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Boiler #1 at Durham York Energy Centre Is Approved for Restart Covanta Durham York Renewable Energy Limited, the operator of the Durham York Energy Centre (“DYEC”), has received approval to restart Boiler #1. Background The DYEC is a new, state-of-the-art $286-million solid waste-to energy incinerator in Southern Ontario near Toronto built and operated by Covanta …
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Dioxin Developments
August 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Report Cites Dioxin in Sediment at Former Boise Cascade Mill in Salem, Oregon Engineering consultants conducting a sediment investigation (“SI”) at a former paper mill in Salem, Oregon, have reported finding high levels of dioxins and furans at the site. Background Geosyntec Consultants prepared a report entitled “Willamette Slough Sediment Investigation” for the Oregon Department …
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Dioxin Developments
July 20, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Study Finds Glyphosate Was Most Common Active Ingredient Used In Invasive Plant Management on Public Lands Researchers from the University of Montana working with Canadian scientists have estimated that, in the United States, half a million hectares of public wildlands were sprayed with herbicides in 2010, representing 201 tons. Background Viktoria Wagner, Pedro M. Antunes, …
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Dioxin Developments
June 21, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
President Obama, His Vietnam Visit, and Dioxin President Obama’s historic visit to Vietnam in May at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang was notable for many reasons, from the discussions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to the United States’ decision to lift the arms embargo on Vietnam. It also was notable for the …
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Dioxin Developments
May 23, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Natural Resource Defense Council Scientists Are “Lying in the Weeds,” Author Says A “long-running scare campaign” against the commonly-used herbicide 2,4-D is being conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) and other environmental groups, according to an article posted on the website of the American Council on Science and Health (“ACSH”), a national, non-profit, …
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Dioxin Developments
April 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Modern Farmer Asks: Are GMOs Really That Bad? An article by Brian Barth in Modern Farmer, entitled, “Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad?,” has some interesting thoughts about GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms.” Highlights of the Article Mr. Barth noted early in his article that the results of a Consumer Reports …
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Dioxin Developments
March 22, 2016 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
EPA Finalizes Passaic River Cleanup The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has finalized a plan to remove 3.5 million cubic yards of sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey, followed by capping that entire stretch of river bottom. Background The lower 17 miles of the Passaic River, which stretches …
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Dioxin Developments
February 17, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Health Department’s Study of Potential Cancer Cluster in Upstate New York Nears Completion A study by the New York State Department of Health to determine whether or not there is a “cancer cluster” in the Kuyahoora Valley in upstate New York is expected to be finished by the middle of this year. Background New York …
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Dioxin Developments
January 27, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Montana Proposes to List Blackfoot Post Yard on State’s Cleanup List The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) has given notice of its intent to list the Blackfoot Post Yard near Lincoln, Montana, on the state’s Comprehensive Environmental Cleanup and Responsibility Act (“CECRA”) priority list. Background The Blackfoot Post Yard is near the east end …
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Dioxin Developments
December 27, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability
EFSA Concludes that Glyphosate Is “Unlikely to Pose a Carcinogenic Hazard to Humans” The European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”) has concluded its peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of glyphosate as requested by the European Commission (“EC”) and has concluded that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans” and that the …
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Dioxin Developments
October 31, 2015
EPA May Be Moving Toward Superfund Designation of Hackensack River The EPA has issued a preliminary assessment (“PA”) of the Lower Hackensack River in Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey, that suggests that it may be moving to designate it as a Superfund Site. The Study The portion of the Lower Hackensack River that is …
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Dioxin Developments
September 30, 2015
U.S. News & World Report Article Highlights “Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals” An article entitled “From DDT to BPA: How Do Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Affect Our Health?” has been published by U.S. News & World Report. The article, by Betul Hatipoglu, M.D., a staff member in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, begins …
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From the Experts
September 30, 2015
We are featuring our second edition of our “From the Experts” section.  This month the column addresses a critical issue regarding dioxin toxicity, the differentiation among dioxin congeners, expressed in the TEQ, or toxic equivalency quotient. – Jim Aiosa, Editor Dioxin Concentration Data:  TCDD (and Other Dioxins) vs. TEQ written by Michael E. Ginevan, Ph.D. and Deborah …
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Dioxin Developments
August 31, 2015
Professor Awarded Grant to Investigate Possible Gender Specific Neurodegenerative Disease Link to Prenatal Chemical Exposure University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Sandra Petersen has received a two-year, $419,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (“NIEHS”) to investigate whether there is a gender-specific neurodegenerative disease link to prenatal chemical exposure. Dr. Petersen, a professor …
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Dioxin in the Courts
August 31, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
Federal Circuit Court Rejects Request to Broaden VA Regulation on Herbicide Exposure for Vietnam Veterans Who Served Near Korean DMZ The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected a request to broaden a regulation issued in 2011 by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) that provides a presumption of herbicide exposure for …
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From the Experts
July 31, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
Guest article for the Dioxin newsletter written by Michael E. Ginevan, Ph.D. and Deborah K. Watkins, M.S. Texas Health Department Report on Cancer Occurrence in East Harris County: An Expert Analysis Residents near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits (“SJRWP”) Superfund site expressed concern to the Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”) about a …
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Dioxin Developments
July 31, 2015 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Appeals
Legislators Announce New Push for “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and two members of the House of Representatives are pushing to pass legislation to make Navy veterans from the Vietnam War known as “Blue Water” vets who claim that they were exposed to Agent Orange eligible to receive disability and health …
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Dioxin Developments
June 30, 2015
VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Agent Orange on C-123 Aircraft The Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through “regular …
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In The Courts
May 31, 2015
Texas County Appeals in San Jacinto River Case Harris County, Texas, has filed an appeal in Harris Co. v. International Paper, a case involving allegations of contamination of the San Jacinto River. As alleged, the Pasadena Mill, owned by Champion Paper, disposed of dioxin-laced paper mill waste in holding pits created on the banks of …
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Dioxin Developments
May 31, 2015
House Bill Proposes to Study Health Effects of Dioxin in Feminine Hygiene Products A New York Congresswoman has reintroduced legislation directing the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) to research whether feminine hygiene products that contain dioxin, among other things, pose health risks. The bill, the “Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act” (H.R. 1708), sponsored by Congresswoman …
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Rigorous Gatekeeping: Requiring a Full Daubert Analysis
August 11, 2010 | Appeals
Please click the link below to view Rigorous Gatekeeping: Requiring a Full Daubert Analysis. Adobe Reader is required to view the bulletin. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your PC, click here to download and install. Rigorous Gatekeeping: Requiring a Full Daubert Analysis Reprinted with permisson from DRI – The Voice of the Defense …
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An Association Does Not Equal Causation
July 31, 2010 | Appeals
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