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Dioxin: Regulatory Developments
April 22, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
EPA Proposes to Remove Missouri Property from NPL The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Region 7 has issued a “Notice of Intent to Delete” an eight acre area known as the Callahan property, Operable Unit 3 (“OU3”) (Parcel ID 22U220242), of the Ellisville Superfund Site located in Wildwood, Missouri, from the National Priorities List (“NPL”). …
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Dioxin Developments
| Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
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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Sirignano, Tiscione, and Bholan co-author article for ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal
April 5, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Fraud
Michael Sirignano, Frank Tiscione, and Michelle Bholan are a contributors to Recent Developments in Business Litigation, which has been published in the Winter 2016 issue of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. Click here to read the Article. …
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Dioxin in the Courts
March 22, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
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
| Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Paper Claims that IUL TCDD Exposure Sensitized Mice to Urinary Tract Dysfunction A study published in the journal Toxicological Sciences reportedly has found that in utero and lactational (“IUL”) exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (“TCDD”) sensitized genetically-susceptible mice to exogenous-hormone-induced urinary tract dysfunction later in life. The Paper The authors of the paper, “In utero and Lactational TCDD …
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Dioxin Developments
| Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
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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The Science of Dioxin
February 17, 2016 | Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
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
| Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
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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International Dioxin Developments
| Complex Torts & Product Liability | Commercial Litigation
Halalt First Nation Alleging Dioxin Pollution by Canadian Paper Mill On February 1, 2016, Halalt First Nation filed a notice of a civil claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against Catalyst Paper, British Columbia, and Canada, alleging that they had failed to protect Halalt’s Aboriginal Rights and title from the “toxic effects of …
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Dioxin: Legislative Developments
| Commercial Litigation | Complex Torts & Product Liability
Ann Arbor City Council Adopts Resolution Revamping Water Standards The city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to adopt new standards for groundwater and soil cleanup that would include reducing the permissible levels of 1,4 Dioxane to 3.5 parts per billion (“ppb”) …
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Dioxin Developments
| 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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N.J. Supreme Court to Decide Breadth of Insurance Fraud Act
January 11, 2015 | Appeals | Commercial Litigation | Insurance Coverage | Insurance Fraud
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear Allstate Ins. Co. v. Northfield Medical Center,1 which has consequences for insurers across the country seeking to deter insurance fraud schemes intended to avoid the prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine. The issue before the court is whether a health-care lawyer (who was not admitted …
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