Harmful Chemical Exposure

Reasons why Large Verdicts are Overturned or Reduced

Reasons why Large Verdicts are Overturned or Reduced Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 13,000 lawsuits due to its talcum powder products while Bayer has assumed liability for over 11,000 cases due to Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide. The cases for these different products follow a pattern where a jury returns a guilty verdict and awards […]

Andrew Wheeler Shirking Responsibility for Asbestos and PFAS Chemicals

Andrew Wheeler Shirking Responsibility for Asbestos and PFAS Chemicals At his testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler refused to support the banning of the carcinogen asbestos. The EPA is doing a risk assessment on asbestos, and Senator John Tester asked when the substance would be banned, claiming the risk assessment is […]

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community

Mon Valley Residents Upset About Fracking Site in Their Community A proposed fracking site near U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson mill is causing problems for nearby residents. They have written two dozen statements and sent them to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposing Merrion Oil and Gas drilling a well next to the mill. […]

Mon Valley Plants Ordered to Submit Plan to Reduce Emissions

Mon Valley Plants Ordered to Submit Plan to Reduce Emissions Earlier this week, the Allegheny Health Department issued an order requiring the Mon Valley Works to submit a plan outlining actions and specific steps they are going to take to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions that have been polluting the surrounding communities since the December 24 […]

Toxic Manganese Exposure and its Effects

Toxic Manganese Exposure and its Effects Manganese is a very useful and important element. It is used in the production of dry cell batteries, fuel additives, fungicides, paint, and adhesives. It is also used for steel production, the production of potassium permanganate (a disinfectant), the creation of glass and ceramics, matches and fireworks, welding rods, […]

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites

Toxic Exposures Threaten Superfund Sites In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted in response to a growing numbers of hazardous waste sites that were releasing toxic chemicals and polluting the environment. The program known as Superfund was designed to clean up these hazardous sites by having the responsible parties […]

No Such Thing as “Safer” Types of Asbestos

No Such Thing as “Safer” Types of Asbestos There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world, each having characteristics that make it useful in certain compounds. Some argue that some of these types are “safer,” than others to work with and handle, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states […]

Doctrine of Strict Liability

In 1965, the American Law Institute published the second edition of Restatement of the Law of Torts and set into motion a special rule on strict liability, which states in Section 402A “One who sells any product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer or to his property is subject to liability to […]

Asbestos Exposure Victims – the Bystander Effect

Asbestos Exposure Victims – the Bystander Effect With many of the asbestos manufacturers having gone bankrupt, many cases today rarely involve victims who were heavily exposed to asbestos (i.e., working with the product directly). Instead, studies have found that victims of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis are a result of bystander […]

High Levels of Benzene Found in E-CigarettesHigh Levels of Benzene Found in E-Cigarettes

High Levels of Benzene Found in E-Cigarettes An electronic cigarette or more commonly known as an “e-cigarette” is a device that vaporizes a flavored liquid typically made up of nicotine, glycerine, and propylene glycol. The fluid inside this pen-looking device is heated, creating vapor. Vapor is inhaled rather than smoke and many use the term […]

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