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House Dems get screening of anti-PFAS movie, seek regulation as trial lawyers and states use litigation

By Daniel Fisher | May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Congressional Democrats launched their latest push for blanket regulations on widely used industrial chemicals by screening a highly critical documentary film the night before, where invited guests included a partner at a law firm that has filed a lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of every U.S. citizen.

Plaintiffs lawyers - and their experts - are gaining power in Michigan on PFAS issue

By John O'Brien | May 14, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers likely have their eyes on Michigan, as the new attorney general there wants to sue companies over chemicals known as PFAS but doesn’t think her staff will be able to handle it.

New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

Third Circuit upholds dismissal of Chemours Co. severance plan complaint

By Charmaine Little | Jun 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – A handful of former employees for The Chemours Co. lost their appeal after their employee severance plan complaint was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

DuPont: Lawsuit over discharges into Cape Fear River 'rests on a mistaken premise'

By John Breslin | Apr 30, 2018

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A major chemical company has filed a motion asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it polluted a North Carolina river, causing sickness and property damage to those living near its banks.

Denver environmental and personal injury lawyer files Boulder's climate change lawsuit against energy companies

By John O'Brien | Apr 19, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – Two environmental groups and a Denver personal injury lawyer are outside counsel for the latest lawsuit filed by public officials against the energy sector over alleged past and future effects of global warming.

Limbaugh assigned to Dicamba MDL over Herndon; Attorneys say SDIL disposition time nearly slowest of all

By Record News | Feb 13, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Multi district litigation against Monsanto involving weed killer Dicamba will go before District Judge Stephen Limbaugh at the Eastern District of Missouri, in spite of calls for the Southern District of Illinois.

Investor fails to prove he'd been misled by DuPont, judge says in ruling

By Karen Kidd | Dec 28, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Connecticut man's lawsuit claiming he and other shareholders had been intentionally misled by DuPont executives about the potential of the company's chemicals division spinoff Chemours Co. has been tossed out by a state judge who said he failed to make his case.

DuPont settles for $50 million with U.S., Virginia after alleged environmental damage

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 20, 2016

HARRISBURG, Va. (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced Dec. 15 a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at an estimated $50 million.

Former lead paint manufacturers file replies to Calif. appeals court, argue plaintiffs are ‘telling stories’

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 12, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A group of former lead paint manufacturers filed replies with a California appeals court last week, again arguing that a judge’s decision holding them liable for the lead paint in millions of homes in California is bunk.

DuPont says plaintiffs' claims in price-fixing class action have 'fundamental defects'

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 21, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - DuPont has again asked a federal judge to dismiss a paint price-fixing class action lawsuit against it after claiming the plaintiffs failed to close claim gaps in their second amended complaint.

American farmers and ag businesses adopt Chinese position in corn suits

By Legal News Line | Nov 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – American farmers and agricultural businesses claim an American pesticide contaminates corn, and for proof they plead that Chinese communists say so.

Turbine manufacturer proved removal of asbestos case was proper, federal judge rules

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 1, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A Louisiana federal judge has denied an asbestos claimant’s motion to remand, ruling that the defendant sufficiently proved it was acting according to the government’s specifications.

Former lead paint manufacturers file briefs to Calif. appeals court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 18, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A group of former lead paint manufacturers are appealing a judge’s decision holding them liable for the lead paint in millions of homes in California, saying in briefs this week that the ruling was “improper” and a $1.15 billion remedy “erroneous.”

Law school, DuPont sponsoring IP seminar

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 18, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - DuPont and Widener University School of Law are sponsoring a daylong seminar in September that will feature discussions on patent litigation, non-practicing entities and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Del. SC grants new trial for asbestos defendant after $2.9M verdict

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 13, 2014

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Delaware Supreme Court has found in favor of a talc manufacturer in an asbestos case, concluding that the lower court erred when it failed to grant a new trial after witnesses made derogatory statements during testimony.

Beaumont attorneys show financial support for local judge up for re-election

By David Yates | Aug 8, 2014

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Beaumont plaintiffs attorneys are donating thousands of dollars to the re-election campaign of one the local judges who routinely presides over their civil lawsuits.

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