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Lawyer Witness Calls Dole Conspiracy Claim ‘Bunk'

LOS ANGELES – (AP) A Texas lawyer testifying against Dole Foods denied Tuesday that he was one of a group that allegedly conspired with a Nicaraguan judge to commit a massive fraud against the firm. Charles Benton Musslewhite denounced the claims of a conspiracy with the judge to fix sperm tests...

In-House Litigation Director Rudy Perrino Joins Fulbright

LOS ANGELES — Rudy Perrino, a litigator with experience handling bet-the-company cases, especially those involving cross-border and international mass tort claims, has joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as a partner. Perrino joins Fulbright’s Los Angeles office from Dole Food Company...

Plaintiffs' Lawyer Alleges Dole Bribed Witnesses

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A lawyer for plaintiffs seeking to turn the tables on Dole Food Co. told a judge Wednesday that the giant firm bribed whistle blowers to testify about an alleged fraud involving purported workers on Dole banana plantations in Nicaragua. Attorney Steve Condie represents plaintiffs who...

Judge: Bayer Can't Produce Toxic Chemical In West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Thursday temporarily barred Bayer CropScience from using a West Virginia plant to produce the same toxic chemical that killed thousands in India in 1984. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin issued the temporary restraining at the request of residents, some...

Judge OKs $26.5 Million Water Contamination Settlement

ST. LOUIS, Mich. - (AP) A federal judge has approved a $26.5 million settlement for a central Michigan community whose water supply was contaminated by a chemical company in the 1950s and 1960s. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington in Bay City signed an order approving the deal on Thursday....

Parkinson's may be caused by the same bacterium that causes ulcers, new animal model studies suggest

The cause of Parkinson's Disease is unknown. To date, many experts have suggested that it may have a genetic origin; see http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/parkinsons-causes . Other experts point to toxins that may selectively destroy the dopaminergic neurons, thereby causing Parkinson's...

Widespread use of herbicides create immunity and resistance in weedy plants

Prior posts have noted that a wide variety of substances, including hazardous substances, can act as selection factors in fostering "evolution" amongst impacted organisms. Now, researchers have found that many weeds, including some of significant economic importance because of the crops impacted...

Crawfish Processors Denied Economic Loss Doctrine Appeal By U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court considered at its Jan. 20 conference a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Louisiana crawfish buyers and packers who allege liability against the manufacturer of a pesticide used by the growers of the crawfish for business losses and announced...

Colony collapse disorder, has the answer finally been found? Possibly

Prior posts have discussed the various research done and theories put forth related to colony collapse disorder (see Colony Collapse Disorder for an overview). The range of potential causes includes pesticides, global warming, disease, and habitat destruction. The problem has been getting worse since...

An alternative strategy for addressing colony collapse disorder amongst honey bees

Prior posts have noted the many and varied theories regarding the cause of colony collapse disorder amongst honey bees. (See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder .) This problems poses a risk to a huge number of agricultural products. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees...

William A. Ruskin: Court Holds Spicy Meatball, Not Pesticide, Caused Plaintiff's Illness

By William A. Ruskin In an Opinion and Order, dated May 31, 2013, the Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein granted summary judgment to a defendant pesticide manufacturer after determining that plaintiff''s expert failed to meet the reliability requirements of Rule 702 and Daubert, in Mallozzi v. EcoSMART...

Court Holds Spicy Meatball, Not Pesticide, Caused Plaintiff's Illness

By William A. Ruskin In an Opinion and Order, dated May 31, 2013, the Hon. Sandra J. Feuerstein granted summary judgment to a defendant pesticide manufacturer after determining that plaintiff''s expert failed to meet the reliability requirements of Rule 702 and Daubert, in Mallozzi v. EcoSMART...

Lawsuit Seeks To Compel U.S. EPA Disclosure Of Pesticide Inert Ingredients

By: Steven M. Siros On March 5, 2014, several environmental groups filed a lawsuit against U.S. EPA seeking to compel the public disclosure of "inert" ingredients in pesticide products. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA"), pesticide manufacturers...

No Coverage — No Duty to Defend: Personal Injury Offenses Must Be Alleged

Business relationships are often contentious. When a contract to sell a product devolves into a dispute by selling the product under a slightly different name, suits are filed. Insurance is designed to protect the party insured against certain enumerated causes or risks of loss. However, no policy provides...

International Chemicals Management Meeting

In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development , the international community adopted an ambitious target for world wide sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes by 2020: that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects...