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United Kingdom Health, Safety Executive Prosecutes Firm For Unsafe Asbestos Work

LONDON - The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Nov. 5 announced that a demolition company was prosecuted and fined 15,000 pounds for exposing workers to asbestos and for illegally removing the material from a property. ...read more

Mealey's Pollution Liability Bulletin: BP to Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges and Pay $4.5 Billion Related to Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC announced today that it would plead guilty to a dozen felony charges brought by the federal government and pay $4.5 billion in penalties over its involvement in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill ...read more

Judge: World Trade Center Properties Must Establish Legally Recoverable Damages

NEW YORK - World Trade Center Properties LLC and its holding companies must establish legally recoverable tort damages exceeding their insurance payments before they can seek recovery of any subrogated insurers' settlement proceeds of the $1.2 billion ...read more

Judge: World Trade Center Properties Must Establish Legally Recoverable Damages

NEW YORK - World Trade Center Properties LLC and its holding companies must establish legally recoverable tort damages exceeding their insurance payments before they can seek recovery of any subrogated insurers' settlement proceeds of the $1.2 billion ...read more

5th Circuit Panel Affirms In Part, Amends Fracking Dismissal Order

NEW ORLEANS - A unanimous Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 7 affirmed voluntary dismissal of property damage and personal injury claims against a natural gas extraction company but amended the order to dismiss the claims with prejudice ...read more

Florida Appeals Court Vacates $36.7M Tobacco Verdict, Orders New Damages Trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appeals court on Dec. 12 ordered a new damages trial after vacating a $36.7 million tobacco judgment, agreeing with defendant Philip Morris USA Inc. that the jury's initial $280 million verdict was the result of passion ...read more

Illinois Supreme Court Permits Legal Malpractice Suit In Manganese Poisoning Action

CHICAGO - The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled Dec. 13 that an Illinois worker with alleged manganese poisoning can pursue a legal malpractice case against attorneys he retained in 1999 to represent him in a workers' compensation action because ...read more

Illinois Supreme Court Permits Legal Malpractice Suit In Manganese Poisoning Action

CHICAGO - The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled Dec. 13 that an Illinois worker with alleged manganese poisoning can pursue a legal malpractice case against attorneys he retained in 1999 to represent him in a workers' compensation action because ...read more

Illinois Supreme Court Permits Legal Malpractice Suit In Manganese Poisoning Action

CHICAGO - The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled Dec. 13 that an Illinois worker with alleged manganese poisoning can pursue a legal malpractice case against attorneys he retained in 1999 to represent him in a workers' compensation action because ...read more

Illinois Appeals Panel Upsets $32 Million Award, Remands Diacetyl Suit For Retrial

CHICAGO - A unanimous Fourth Division First District Illinois Appellate Court panel posted an opinion Dec. 27 overturning a $32 million judgment against the manufacturer of diacetyl and remanded the personal injury claims of the plaintiff for retrial ...read more

Texas Court Affirms Judgment In Malpractice Case Involving Asbestos Claims

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A woman suffering from a rare form of mesothelioma has not shown that her former attorney committed legal malpractice by filing suit only against a former employer, a divided Texas appeals court held Dec. 28 (Charlotte Hearn v ...read more

Texas Court Affirms Judgment In Malpractice Case Involving Asbestos Claims

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A woman suffering from a rare form of mesothelioma has not shown that her former attorney committed legal malpractice by filing suit only against a former employer, a divided Texas appeals court held Dec. 28 (Charlotte Hearn v ...read more

Utah Federal Judge Excludes Asbestos Expert's 'Every Exposure' Testimony

SALT LAKE CITY - An expert's opinion that "every exposure" to asbestos contributes to mesothelioma demonstrates science's inability to establish a minimum exposure limit, a federal judge held Jan. 1in excluding the testimony (Linda Smith ...read more

Utah Federal Judge Excludes Asbestos Expert's 'Every Exposure' Testimony

SALT LAKE CITY - An expert's opinion that "every exposure" to asbestos contributes to mesothelioma demonstrates science's inability to establish a minimum exposure limit, a federal judge held Jan. 1in excluding the testimony (Linda Smith ...read more

Remand Denied In Federal Consolidation Of Florida Tobacco Claims

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The judges presiding over consolidated federal claims for tobacco-caused injury and death denied remand of nondiverse cases, saying in a Jan. 25 order that nothing significant has changed in the cases' posture to eliminate federal ...read more

Pennsylvania Federal Judge Dismisses In Part Complaint For Fracking Contamination

SCRANTON, Pa. - Trespass, inconvenience and fraudulent misrepresentation claims against natural gas extraction companies accused of contaminating the domestic water well of a Pennsylvania couple with methane and hydraulic fracturing chemicals were dismissed ...read more

New York City Creates $15 Million Fund For Hurricane Sandy Mold Cleanup

NEW YORK - The mayor of New York City and the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations on Jan. 31 announced a new plan to address water damage and treat mold in homes affected by Hurricane Sandy that includes a $15 million remediation fund. ...read more

Judge Reverses Denial Of Asbestosis Disability Claim, Remands For Determination

TAMPA, Fla. - An administrative law judge improperly ignored a Social Security disability claimant's test results showing impairment in favor of earlier results showing no impairment, a federal judge in Florida held March 12 (Amy A. Beckham v. Commissioner ...read more

Fracking Suit Settlement Unsealed In Pennsylvania; Access To Court Records Upheld

WASHINGTON, Pa. - A confidential settlement agreement between a Washington County, Pa., family and natural gas extraction companies was unsealed by a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Washington County judge March 20 on the grounds that businesses ...read more

Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Exposure-Related Claims Against Landlords

ST. LOUIS - An Illinois federal court on March 22 denied a motion to dismiss filed by the owners of a commercial rental that allegedly contained mold, finding that a man who worked in the building and alleges that he was made ill by exposures to harmful ...read more

West Virginia Plaintiffs Ordered To Specify Claims In Natural Gas Fracking Suit

WHEELING, W.Va. - A motion to dismiss filed by a natural gas storage defendant in a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia lawsuit alleging methane contamination of a domestic water well was denied April 10, but the plaintiffs ...read more

Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Tobacco Wrongful Death Claims

MIAMI - The Third District Florida Court of Appeal on April 10 reinstated tobacco wrongful death claims against Philip Morris USA Inc. that had been dismissed as untimely by a trial court, saying that despite the temporary presence of an ineligible plaintiff ...read more

Tennessee Supreme Court Affirms Employer's Duty To Pay Welder's Asthma Treatment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Supreme Court entered a judgment April 10 adopting findings of fact by a three-justice panel of the court and awarded permanent workers' compensation disability benefits to a former welder who is under treatment for ...read more

Federal Judge Finds Landlord Had Duty To Maintain Building's Condition

ST. LOUIS - An Illinois federal judge on April 30 refused to grant summary judgment in favor of the owners of a building on claims asserted by an employee, finding that the owners had control over a portion of the building that developed mold and contained ...read more

Florida Federal Judge Dismisses Flight Attendant's Lawsuit For Lack Of Jurisdiction

ORLANDO. Fla. - The chemical exposure personal injury lawsuit of a flight crew member against the manufacturers of the aircraft on which he worked was dismissed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for lack of jurisdiction; ...read more