Toxic Torts

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 […]

Cleanup Finished on a Section of the Libby Superfund Site

Cleanup Finished on a Section of the Libby Superfund Site A section of the Montana asbestos cleanup site was removed from the Superfund list by U.S. officials, pointing to the 17 year cleanup coming to an end. The 45 acre area five miles north of downtown Libby is the first of eight units of the […]

Population Loss in Weirton and Steubenville due to Loss of Industry

Population Loss in Weirton and Steubenville due to Loss of Industry There are five metropolitan statistical areas at least partially in West Virginia that are among the worst in the country for a declining population.  The Weirton-Steubenville metropolitan area ranked sixth on the list, with a 4.9 percent decline since 2010. Mayors for both cities […]

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 […]

Asbestos Manufacturer Liability Redefined by Supreme Court

Asbestos Manufacturer Liability Redefined by Supreme Court The Supreme Court has redefined the liability of a company under general maritime law for asbestos-related injuries caused by third party integrated parts. In the Air & Liquid Sys. Corp. v. Devries case the Supreme Court held that manufacturers need to warn users when their products contain other […]

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. […]

Asbestos in Claire’s Makeup

Asbestos in Claire’s Makeup Earlier in March, makeup from Claire’s and Justice stores tested positive for asbestos, the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested makeup from both Claire’s and Justice and found asbestos in three of Claire’s products and one of Justice’s products. The products include: eye […]

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