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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Man: Asbestos Packaging Evidence Required Sending Failure-To-Warn Claim To Jury

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A man's ability to recall an asbestos-containing brake box's design clearly indicates that he looked at the packaging and required sending failure-to-warn claims to a jury, a man tells a Florida appeals court in a June 14 reply brief (James W. Coates, et al. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. 4D17-1533, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Hawaii Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Use Of Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

HONOLULU - The governor of Hawaii on June 13 signed into law a bill that completely bans the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos starting in 2023, making it the first state to prohibit use of the chemical.

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - At Retrial, Florida Tobacco Plaintiff Wins $500,000 Punitive Damage Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The widow of a smoker who was awarded $4 million in compensatory damages in November 2014 won an additional $500,000 on June 15 following a new trial on her entitlement to seek punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (Debra Perrotto, as personal representative of the estate of Nicholas Perrotto v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 502007CA023841XXXXMB, Fla. 15th Jud Cir., Palm Beach Co.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Chevron: Court Should Deny Relief, Hold Lago Agrio Attorney In Contempt

NEW YORK - Chevron Corp. filed a brief in a New York federal court on June 14 contending that the district court should deny a motion for declaratory relief filed by Steven Donziger, the attorney who represented a group of Ecuadorian residents who won an $18.5 billion judgment against the company for injuries only to have it reversed (Chevron Corporation v. Donziger, et al., No. 11 Civ. 691, S.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Tobacco Plaintiff's $18.7 Million Award Upheld By Appeals Court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a June 13 per curium decision, the First District Florida Court of Appeal let stand a jury's award of $18.7 million on behalf of the widow of a smoker in an Engle progeny wrongful death case (Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Mary Faricy Pardue on behalf of the estate of John H. Faricy, No. 1D17-959, Fla. App., 1st Dist., 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 8282).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Monsanto: Supplemental Ruling Supports Summary Judgment In Roundup MDL

SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. filed a notice of supplemental authority in California federal court on June 12 that it contends supports its motion for summary judgment based on a failure of general causation proof in the multidistrict litigation for Roundup (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California Attorney General's Motion To Alter Glyphosate Warning Fails, Judge Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 12 denied a motion by the California attorney general that sought to amend a ruling issued by the court in February that enjoined the state of California from requiring companies to issue a warning regarding glyphosate (National Association of Wheat Growers, et al. v. Lauren Zeise, et al., No. 17-2401, E.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Pennsylvania Court Affirms Asbestos Testimony, Evidence Insufficiency Rulings

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A man cannot challenge exclusion of testimony after failing to properly complain of the issue on appeal and has not demonstrated error in a trial court's conclusion that evidence of exposure to asbestos was insufficient, a Pennsylvania appeals court held June 12 (Robert E. Eorio, et al. v. General Electric Co., et al., No. 1247 EDA 2017, Pa. Super., 2018 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2036).

Mealey's Insurance - Ruling In Favor Of Insured In Environmental Suit Is Not Appealable, Judge Says

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on June 7 clarified that a prior ruling that an excess insurer owes its insured more than $55 million for environmental contamination costs incurred by the insured is not a final and appealable judgment (Olin Corp. v. Lamorak Insurance Co., et al., No. 84-1968, S.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Printing Press Company Can't Escape Man's Asbestos Suit

NEW YORK - An affidavit largely details the period after a man's alleged asbestos exposure and cannot free a printing press company from the lawsuit, a New York justice held in an opinion posted June 12 (Christine Capilets, et al. v. Aerco International, et al., No. 190060/2016, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2207).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Government Agency Issues New Standard For Workplace Exposure To Silica

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) on June 11 issued a standard to limit the exposure of workers to respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime occupations.

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Government, New York City Authority Reach Lead Hazard Deal Worth At Least $1.4B

NEW YORK - The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York on June 11 announced that he has reached a lead hazard settlement with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that imposes a federal monitor, requires the city to provide $1.2 billion of additional capital funding to NYCHA over the next five years and requires the city to provide $200 million every year thereafter until the problems are fixed and the consent decree is no longer necessary (United States v. New York City Housing Authority, No. 18-5213, S.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Jury Sides With Smoker's Widower, Awards $20 Million In Damages

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A request for a mistrial by two tobacco companies was denied June 2 when a Florida judge instead found that an initial, inconsistent verdict by jurors in an Engle progeny case and $8 million award for wrongful death could stand; nearly one week later, on the evening of June 8, the jury rendered a punitive damage award of $12 million (Herbert Landi v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. CACE08025814, Fla. Cir., 17th Jud., Broward Co.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New York High Court OKs Pre-Collection Of Cigarette Taxes On Tribal Land

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a June 7 ruling, the New York Court of Appeals found that enforcement of a law that requires retailers on reservation land to prepay taxes on cigarette sales to patrons who are not members of the Seneca Nation of Indians does not run afoul of Indian Law Section 6 or the Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842 (Eric White, et al. v. Eric Schneiderman, et al., No. 59, N.Y. App., 2018 N.Y. LEXIS 1353).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Jurors: Addiction Not Legal Cause Of Florida Man's Lung Cancer Death

MIAMI - A Florida jury on June 6 sided with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. when, after brief deliberations, it found that a plaintiff's husband - who died in 1994 of lung cancer - was not a member of the Engle class (Eulalia Lopez v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 2008-076453-CA-01., Fla. Cir., 11th Jud., Miami-Dade Co.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Company's Request To Add Environmental Claim Untimely

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A federal judge in New York on June 7 denied a company's request to vacate a judgment for it to add a claim under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to a suit it is bringing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, holding that the plaintiff had years to amend its complaint (FMC Corp. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 14-CV-487, W.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96073).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Toxic Tort Law Firm Accused Of Breach Of Conduct Removes Case To Federal Court

SCRANTON, Pa. - A law firm on June 4 removed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania a putative class action brought against it by a man who contends that the firm breached its professional obligations that were part of a contingent fee agreement in an underlying toxic tort lawsuit to which he was party (Stanley Waleski v. Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, No. 18-1144, M.D. Pa.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida High Court Holds Arguments In Dispute Over Adult Child's $20M Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In oral arguments on June 6 in a dispute over a vacated $20 million compensatory and punitive damage award, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente told an attorney for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. that the relationship between a plaintiff and her late mother, who died of lung cancer, was so exceptionally close that "every factor" points to "a substantial verdict for her pain and suffering, and loss of companionship" (Gwendolyn E. Odom v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. SC17-563, Fla. Sup.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New York Justice Says Directive Not To Cut Asbestos Can't Free Company From Suit

NEW YORK - A telephone company's missive telling workers they should not cut asbestos-containing plates does not evidence compliance with the directive and is not enough alone to overcome evidence suggesting exposure from electrical work, a New York justice held in an opinion posted June 4 (Anne Marie Fahey, et al. v. ABB Inc., et al., No. 190231/2015, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Appeals Court Affirms Transfer Of Engle Progeny Lawsuit

MIAMI - In a per curiam opinion issued June 6, the Third District Florida Court of Appeal rejected a challenge by the widow of a smoker of a July 2017 transfer of her wrongful death claims against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. from Miami-Dade to Martin County (Phyllis Muro v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 3D17-1765, Fla. App., 3rd Dist., 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 7820).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Texas Federal Judge Sends Lawsuit Over Deeming Rule To D.C. Federal Court

DALLAS - In a June 4 order, a federal judge in Texas agreed to send a lawsuit that questions the constitutionality of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "deeming rule" to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for further adjudication (Rave Salon Inc., et al., v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, et al., No. 18-237, N.D. Texas).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Appeals Court: Stay Of Judgment In Engle Progeny Case Required

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida judge erred in refusing to stay execution of a judgment where R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. complied with Florida's bond-cap statute by posting a $15 million bond, the Fourth District Florida Court of Appeal ruled June 6 (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Jan Grossman, No. 4D18-627, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - EPA, 'Fixer Upper' Home Repair Show Reach Deal Regarding Lead-Based Paint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency announced June 5 that it has reached a settlement agreement with Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, which does business as Magnolia Homes, to resolve alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) related to home renovations conducted without adequate lead paint protection on the home renovation television show "Fixer Upper."

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Denies Motions Of Both Parties After Dryer Felt Asbestos Verdict

SEATTLE - A federal judge in Washington on June 4 declined to re-evaluate a jury's damage award in a retrial of an asbestos case while also denying the defendant's challenges to experts, exposure, and causation (Geraldine Barabin v. Scapa Dryer Fabrics Inc., No. 07-1454, W.D. Wash.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California School District, Water Company Sue Dow, Others For Water Contamination

SAN FRANCISCO - A California school district and a water company on June 4 filed two separate complaints against The Dow Chemical Co. in California state court, contending that it and other chemical companies are liable for contaminating the local groundwater with 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) (Superior Mutual Water Company v. The Dow Chemical Company, et al., No. CGC-18-566968, Rio Bravo-Greeley Union School District v. The Dow Chemical Company, et al., No. CGC-18-566967, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co.).