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Ninth Circuit allows Peruvian toxic exposure claims to proceed in US courts

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • Peru, USA
  • -
  • December 9 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that an oil company failed to meet its burden of proving that Peru would be an adequate alternative forum in litigation by indigenous people claiming injury from the company's operations in their country

Lawmakers urge OMB not to require public disclosure of new chemicals’ identities

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 24 2012

Congressional lawmakers have called on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to “further evaluate the significant adverse economic impact” that could result if a proposed rule is implemented to require that U.S. chemical manufacturers publicly disclose the identities of new chemicals not yet manufactured or available on the market

Company agrees to settle complaints about its environmentally friendly product claims

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 28 2011

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. has reportedly agreed to settle putative class actions filed in California and Wisconsin federal courts alleging that the company falsely advertised its Windex products as good for the environment

EPA proposes new-use rules for 17 chemicals including nanoscale compounds

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 12 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed significant new use rules (SNURs) for 17 chemicals, some of which are used to manufacture such products as electronics, batteries, rubber, plastics, inks, and lubricants

Mass tort and asbestos procedures overhauled in besieged Philadelphia courts

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 23 2012

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Herron has issued an order revising the court’s mass tort and asbestos program procedures, which, according to the order, were not meeting American Bar Association standards and thus led to delays in disposition of these disputes and an “astonishing” increase in filings from outside the state

EPA to review chemicals found in flame retardants and fragrances

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 14 2012

EPA has released a list of 18 chemicals, slated for risk assessments in 2013 and 2014, that are found in various commercial products

Ninth Circuit splits over interplay of standing and forum non conveniens

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 14 2012

In response to a petition for rehearing en banc before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a dispute over the adequacy of Peru as an alternative forum in a case involving claims by indigenous people that a U.S. oil company discharged pollutants into the waterways they used for drinking, fishing and bathing, dissenting and concurring opinions reveal a split on whether the court had jurisdiction to decide the forum non conveniens question if one of the plaintiffs, the only domestic plaintiff, lacked standing

Flea and tick collars to carry cancer exposure warning in California

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 6 2011

A California court has approved a consent judgment between the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a number of makers and retailers of flea and tick collars

Review board to discuss ethics of research using human subjects

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 12 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to discuss scientific and ethical reviews of research using human subjects

Crocs agrees to pay penalty for selling unregistered antimicrobial shoes

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 6 2011

Crocs, Inc. has entered a consent agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requires it to pay a $230,000 civil penalty for marketing certain shoe products in 2009 and 2010 with the claim that they killed or controlled bacterial growth