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Lyondell Officially Emerges From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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 Lyondell's reorganization on April 30, and...

Major Retailers Agree To Limit Lead In Handbags

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 their products as part of a $1.7 million legal settlement...

California High Court: Contingency Fee Agreements In Lead Paint Action Deficient

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 California law ( County of Santa Clara, et al...

Judge Orders EPA Not to Destroy Records UP Wants

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 order resolved several issues the railroad and...

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...

$2.65M Settlement Over California Supplements Lawsuit

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 paid by a dietary supplement manufacturer for unfair...

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...

Millennium Holdings To Pay $8.7 Million To Settle Lead Paint Claims

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 to settle the claims against the company and be...

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...

Mississippi High Court Reverses $7 Million Lead Verdict Against Sherwin-Williams

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" that was inadmissible and that...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Lead Paint Ruling May Spur More Lawsuits

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 product in 1987. But they finally succeeded last week...

California Judge Orders $1.15 Billion Fund To Remediate Lead Nuisance

SANTA JOSE, Calif. — (Mealey’s) A California judge on Jan. 8 ordered three of the defendant companies in the state’s public nuisance action against lead-paint and lead manufacturers to pay, pursuant to joint and several liability, $1.15 billion into a fund administered by the California...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Risk-Contribution Constitutionality Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 18 denied certiorari in a case in which a former maker of lead-based paint had argued that Wisconsin’s risk-contribution theory violates the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution “by eliminating any meaningful causation...