Weitz & Luxenberg Sues Birds Eye Foods Over Alleged Pollutant Discharge

NEW YORK - Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. on May 17 filed a lawsuit on behalf of more than 70 Fennville , Mich., residents who allege that their properties have been contaminated and their health has been harmed by chemical pollutants that have entered the environment as a result of the Birds Eye food...

TVA Says Ash Spill Caused No Harm To People Suing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) Tennessee Valley Authority attorneys are asking a federal judge to dismiss 58 lawsuits over the toxic muck that spilled from a holding pond at one of the public utility's plants in 2008. The filing Friday asks the court to throw out the lawsuits seeking damages. . . . Full...

Toxic Nevada Mine Lawsuit Seeks $5 Million From BP, ARCO

RENO, Nev. - (AP) Neighbors of a toxic mine in northern Nevada have filed a class-action lawsuit against BP America and Atlantic Richfield Co. accusing them of intentionally and negligently concealing the extent of the contamination leaking off the abandoned site for decades. The suit filed in U.S. District...

Jury Returns Verdict For Plaintiffs In 1st Phase Of Contamination Trial

FRESNO, Calif. - (Mealey's) A federal jury in California on April 1 returned a verdict for the plaintiffs in the first phase of a mass tort action against the owners of an industrial site in Merced County, Calif., for allowing hexavalent chromium and arsenic to contaminate air, soil and surface water;...

Railroads Threatened With Lawsuits Over Diesel Exhaust

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An environmental group threatened to sue two of the nation's biggest rail owners Tuesday under a novel legal theory that would classify diesel exhaust as hazardous waste. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent letters to Union Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe...

Judge Further Limits TVA Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) A federal court further limited lawsuits seeking damages from the Tennessee Valley Authority for its huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash, but the judge ruled that claims related to property damages and reduced property values will to go to trial. The court fight is over a Dec...