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Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

A district court dismissed Pennsylvania's public nuisance, trespass, and Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law claims against various refiners, manufacturers, marketers, distributors, and suppliers of methyl...

Gates v. Rohm & Haas Co.

A district court denied a chemical company's motion to dismiss property owners' common-law property claims for damages arising out of alleged continuing airborne vinyl chloride contamination and past groundwater contamination. The...

Commonwealth v. United States Mineral Prods. Co.

The court upheld a jury verdict absolving a company from liability for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination at a former state government building. The verdict was based on the jury's conclusion that the company's product, PCBs,...

Dombrowski v. Gould Elecs., Inc.

The court holds that property owners' negligence, nuisance, and trespass claims against a battery crushing and lead processing plant in their neighborhood are time barred. The court first holds that their negligence claim is barred by...

In re Paoli R.R. Yard PCB Litig.

The court holds that property owners located near a rail yard contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are not entitled to damages for temporary and remediable harm to their property which the Environmental Protection Agency (...