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Maryland High Court Vacates $1 Billion In Punitive Damages In Gasoline Leak
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

BALTIMORE - (Mealey's) Saying plaintiffs claiming contamination of their properties with benzene and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) from a leak at an Exxon Mobil Corp. tank farm outside Baltimore failed to prove the fraud necessary to support... Read More

Maryland Appeals Court Vacates Bulk Of $147 Million Exxon Pipeline Leak Award
Posted on 10 Feb 2012 by Michael Lefkowitz

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - (Mealey's) The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Feb. 9 vacated much of a $147 million jury award to homeowners whose groundwater was contaminated with benzene and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) by a 26,000-gallon gasoline... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Lawsuits Are Federally Preempted
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. --(Mealey's) A 6-2 U.S. Supreme Court majority on Feb. 22 ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) preempts tort claims asserting design defect against vaccine manufacturers ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Comcast Corp. v. Behrend's Impact In Toxic Tort Litigation
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin I have written about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend has had the practical result of raising the bar for class certification and leveling the playing field for corporate defendants [ enhanced opinion... Read More

California Jury Rules For Defense In Benzene Wrongful Death Case
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

LOS ANGELES -- A California Superior Court jury on Feb. 10 returned a verdict for the defense in a suit alleging that exposure to solvents including benzene caused a Los Angeles-area worker's death of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), saying that... Read More

Judge Denies Monitoring, Future Medical Expenses In Criminal Pollution Case
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) Compensation for future medical expenses, court-ordered medical monitoring and relocation from allegedly polluted properties is not justified by the evidence, the Texas federal judge sentencing CITGO Petroleum... Read More

Texas Federal Judge Imposes Maximum $2 Million Fine On Felony Pollution Counts
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) A Texas federal judge on Feb. 5 imposed fines totaling more than $2 million on convictions stemming from oil/water separation tanks that had been operated without the required covers for nearly 10 years,... Read More

Marc Gaffrey of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas - The “Next Asbestos” is Asbestos
Posted on 24 May 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

(Please visit the site to view this video) So benzene isn’t. Mold isn’t. So what is the proverbial “next asbestos”? Click and listen to what Marc S. Gaffrey had to say on the subject. Marc is a partner with Hoagland, Longo, Moran... Read More

Class Certification Granted To Property Owners In Illinois Oil Refinery Spill
Posted on 3 Sep 2013 by Michael Lefkowitz

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — (Mealey’s) An Illinois federal judge granted class certification Sept. 3 to owners of 387 properties in the Village of Roxana, Ill., who claim diminution of value as a result of alleged contamination of the land,... Read More

California Appeals Court Affirms $8 Million Benzene Injury Verdict
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Mealey's) A California appeals court has affirmed an $8 million judgment to a seaman who blamed benzene exposure aboard oil tankers for the loss of a kidney to cancer, saying Feb. 18 that scientific certainty is not required for... Read More

Houston Law Firm Files Mass Injury Lawsuit Against BP Over Texas City Benzene Release
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

GALVESTON, Texas - The Vujasinovic & Beckcom law firm of Houston on Sept. 14 filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on behalf of 120 people who were exposed to benzene that was released from British Petroleum's... Read More

Law Center Prepares Lawsuit Over Mich. Oil Spill
Posted on 3 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MARSHALL, Mich. - (AP) A public interest law firm prepared Monday to sue the owners of a pipeline that ruptured in southern Michigan and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary, while residents voiced concerns to... Read More

California Groups Sue EPA Over Civil Rights Complaint
Posted on 11 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Sixteen years ago, soon after she gave birth to her first baby, Maricela Mares-Alatorre joined residents of three small California farmworker towns who alleged they were being discriminated against by environmental regulators, because... Read More