Environmental Law

Employers and Product Suppliers Beware: Is Welding Rod Litigation Going to Come Back

The publication of a new study in Neurology, that contends the long-term effects of airborne manganese from welding may be associated with an increasing appearance of Parkinsonism symptoms in welders and other exposed individuals, may resurrect a species of toxic tort litigation that was thought…
Environmental Law

Employers and Premises Owners Beware: Take Home Asbestos Exposure Liability Expands

Employers and premises owners in California are now liable for asbestos-related cancers and related injuries suffered by family and household members of employees who bring home asbestos dust from their worksites. California joins Tennessee, New Jersey and Louisiana in recognizing property owner’s/operator’s liability for “take-home…
Environmental Law

The Times They are a Changing (Maybe, with Respect to Environmental Cases at the Supreme Court)…

On February 9, 2016, in an “extraordinarily rare move,” the Supreme Court stayed the rule which required the states to limit green-house gas emissions. The vote was 5 – 4 along ideological lines. These 5-4 votes have become common place in recent times. Just a…
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Work Comp Law is “Exclusive Remedy” for Asbestos Injuries

The Illinois Supreme Court recently resolved an outstanding question under Illinois law of whether the Illinois Workers Compensation Statute is the exclusive remedy against an employer by a former employee claiming damages for asbestos related injuries, including long developing cancers. In Folta v. Ferro Engineering,…
Environmental Law

First Regular Session of 98th General Assembly Brings Change to State Environmental Laws

This blog provides an overview of environmental or energy laws passed or amended by the Missouri legislature in the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly. This was an active legislative session with several amendments relevant to water, solid waste, oil and gas, and…