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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Ohio Top Court Urged To Reject Expert's Cumulative Exposure Testimony

CLEVELAND - Expert testimony attributing a man's mesothelioma to cumulative exposure to asbestos in automobile brakes simply dresses up the theory that every exposure leads to disease in new clothing and is inadmissible under Ohio law, a manufacturer and its amici curiae told the state's highest...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Dismisses Group's Suit Over Company's Storm Water Discharges

BOSTON - An environmental group's Clean Water Act (CWA) lawsuit against a company that crushes brick, concrete and asphalt for construction projects was dismissed by a federal judge in Massachusetts on June 16 after he found that the group failed to allege how the company was illegally discharging...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Texas Court Denies Review In Asbestos Case Involving 9-Year Settlement Delay

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on June 16 declined to wade into whether a nine-year delay in accepting the terms of settlement resolving asbestos claims was appropriate under the terms of the agreement or constituted unreasonable delay (Union Carbide Corp. v. Perry Jones, Rosemary Allegria,...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Delaware Judge Finds Product Identification Evidence Lacking

WILMINGTON, Del. - Evidence that a company did not manufacture the type of fully assembled brake product a witness identified frees the company from an asbestos action, a judge in Delaware held June 14 (Amanda Dullinger and Stephen Dullinger v. American Honda Motor Co., et al., No. N15C-04-281, Del....

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Monsanto Denies Glyphosate Exposure Could Have Caused Man's Cancer

SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. on June 16 filed its answer to one of the complaints in the multidistrict litigation for Roundup products, in which it denied that exposure to its product, which contains glyphosate, could have caused the plaintiff's alleged non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (In re: Roundup...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Denies Man's Motion For New Trial Over Oil Discharges From Boat

SEATTLE - A federal judge in Washington on June 19 denied a man's request for a new trial over his alleged violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA), finding that the prosecution did not engage in misconduct during closing arguments and that the evidence supported the jury's verdict (United States...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Successor To Operator Of Zinc Smelter Can Face CERCLA Liability

TULSA, Okla. - A federal judge in Oklahoma on June 20 ruled that the successors to the owner of a former zinc smelting facility can face liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for fugitive air emissions that resulted in contamination at a nearby town...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - States Seek To Intervene To Override EPA Stay Of Methane Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The attorneys general for 14 states and the attorney for the city of Chicago on June 20 moved in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to intervene in a lawsuit brought by environmental advocacy groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in connection...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Home Builder Agrees To Pay Penalty, Obtain Permits For Storm Water Discharges

NEWARK, N.J. - NVR Inc., doing business as Ryan Homes, on June 15 agreed to pay a $425,000 civil penalty and agreed to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to resolve allegations from the federal government that the home builder was violating the Clean Water Act (United...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Finds Negligent Failure-To-Warn Asbestos Claim Outside Scope Of Removal

NEW ORLEANS - Asbestos plaintiffs' claims that a shipyard negligently failed to warn about the dangers of asbestos on its premises do not create a colorable defense or causal nexus required for removal, a federal judge in Louisiana held June 19. The shipyard filed a notice of appeal on June 20 (Victor...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit Denies BP's Request For En Banc Review Of Methodologies

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 21 denied BP Exploration & Production Inc.'s request for en banc review of a May 23 ruling that four Industry Specific Methodologies (ISMs) for calculating claimant compensation under the Court Supervised Settlement Program for...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - EPA Inspector General's Office Says It Will Begin Research On Methane Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on June 21 issued a memorandum indicating that it plans to begin preliminary research to assess how the EPA estimates methane emissions from the oil and natural gas production industry.

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Approves Settlement For Cleanup Of Contaminated Sites In California Port

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on June 20 granted a motion filed by two companies accused of contaminating two sites in the San Diego Port to approve a settlement to resolve claims brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) seeking to recover...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Group: Company's Plan To Store Coal Ash Will Continue Groundwater Contamination

DURHAM, N.C. - An environmental advocacy group on June 20 filed a lawsuit in North Carolina federal court against Duke Energy Progress LLC, alleging that the company's plan to permanently store coal ash and "toxic pollutants" in unlined pits will lead to further contamination of local groundwater...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Finds Deposition Starts 'Other Paper' Removal Clock

BATON ROUGE, La. - Deposition testimony and not the transcript itself triggers the "other paper" removal clock, a federal judge in Louisiana held June 21 in remanding an asbestos action (Curtis D. Morgan v. Dow Chemical Co., et al., No. 17-269, M.D. La., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95308).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Fresh New York Asbestos CMO Permits Punitive Damages, Loosens Some Evidence Rules

NEW YORK - New York asbestos plaintiffs may pursue punitive damage claims going forward under a newly instituted case management order (CMO) that also includes changes to hearsay rules designed to help offset the negative impact such a change will have on defendants, the coordinating justice said June...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 9th Circuit: Japanese Nuclear Reactor Radiation Case May Proceed In U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 22 ruled that a radiation exposure lawsuit brought by U.S. Navy sailors who assisted in relief efforts when the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) melted down in Japan could proceed in a U.S. court, despite the company's...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 4th Circuit Finds Navy Control Over Asbestos Warnings Sufficient For Removal

RICHMOND, Va. - A boiler maker did not need to show that the U.S. Navy specifically rejected additional warnings related to asbestos to successfully remove a case, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held June 22, but on remand, the judge must determine whether Foster Wheeler LLC's removal...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Appeals Panel Affirms Summary Judgment In Tobacco Lawsuit

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appellate panel on June 21 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant summary judgment to a tobacco company in a wrongful death suit because a man who died from smoking related diseases was not an Engle class member and therefore the woman representing his estate...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Court: Law Firm, Not Lawyer Retained Privilege Over Attorney's Emails

SAN FRANCISCO - A law firm retained privilege over a former asbestos attorney's work product and was not required to obtain his permission before disclosing emails between him and a scientific consulting firm, a California appeals court held June 21 (Tucker Ellis v. The Superior Court of City and...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Bars Opinion That Asbestos Exposure Played Role In Previous Kidney Cancer

BALTIMORE - An expert in a mesothelioma case may not testify regarding his opinion that a man's previous kidney cancer also arose from the asbestos exposures in question, a federal judge in Maryland held June 22 in granting unopposed summary judgment on numerous claims (Jeffrey Rockman and Sonja...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - High Court Refuses To Review Ruling On Emissions Standards During Malfunction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 refused to review a ruling by a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel that affirmed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to not implement emissions standards for periods when a point source is malfunctioning but...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - High Court Denies New Mexico's Request To Sue Colorado Over Mine Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 on June 26 to deny New Mexico's motion for leave to file a bill of complaint against Colorado over the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine disaster, which resulted in the release of more than 3 million gallons of toxic mine sludge and wastewater into the...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - D.C. Circuit Court Denies Gas Company's Appeal Over Agency's Delayed Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 23 ruled that a gas company has no standing to appeal a New York agency's failure to address its application for a permit documenting that its pipeline will satisfy the standards of the Clean Water Act because...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California High Court Refuses Review; State May List Glyphosate As A Carcinogen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Supreme Court on June 22 denied review of a case in which Monsanto Co. sought to prevent the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) from adding glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, to the state's list of chemicals that cause...