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Major Retailers Agree To Limit Lead In Handbags
Posted on 3 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. - (AP) More than 40 major retailers and apparel makers have agreed to limit the use of lead in handbags and other fashion accessories, an environmental group said Wednesday. The companies will set new industry standards for lead use in... Read More

Judge Further Limits TVA Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

TVA Says Ash Spill Caused No Harm To People Suing
Posted on 17 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Judge Orders EPA Not to Destroy Records UP Wants
Posted on 27 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) A federal judge ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to stop destroying records Union Pacific requested about lead contamination in Omaha, and an expert was appointed to make sure the agency complies. The judge's... Read More

$2.65M Settlement Over California Supplements Lawsuit
Posted on 2 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A company that markets hoodia products has agreed to pay $2.65 million over allegations of misleading advertisements and failure to disclose that lead is in its products, a settlement that prosecutors said Tuesday is the largest... Read More

Railroads Threatened With Lawsuits Over Diesel Exhaust
Posted on 22 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Millennium Holdings To Pay $8.7 Million To Settle Lead Paint Claims
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by James Cordrey

SAN JOSE, Calif. - (Mealey's) The attorneys representing 15 plaintiffs, including various California municipalities, that sued the former makers of lead-based paint in state court announced June 23 that Millennium Holdings LLC will pay $8.7 million... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: California Lead Paint Ruling May Spur More Lawsuits
Posted on 26 Dec 2013 by State Net

Over the last 25 years, public agencies across the country have failed at least 50 times to convince courts that paint manufacturers should have to foot the bill for removing lead-based paint from homes built before the federal government banned that... Read More

California High Court: Contingency Fee Agreements In Lead Paint Action Deficient
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by James Cordrey

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) The California Supreme Court on July 26 found that contingency fee agreements between numerous California municipalities and their counsel as part of a public nuisance suit against the lead paint industry are deficient under... Read More

Lyondell Officially Emerges From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Posted on 3 May 2010 by James Cordrey

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The federal bankruptcy judge in New York overseeing the Chapter 11 reorganization of Lyondell Chemical Co. — the parent company for Millennium Holdings, which is a defendant in lead paint litigation — confirmed... Read More

Mississippi High Court Reverses $7 Million Lead Verdict Against Sherwin-Williams
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 by James Cordrey

JACKSON, Miss. - (Mealey's) The Mississippi Supreme Court, sitting en banc , reversed a $7 million lead-based paint poisoning verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co. on Sept. 8, ruling that the plaintiff's experts' testimony amounted to "speculation"... Read More