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Toxic Substances (generally)

Hardwick v. 3M Co.

A district court denied chemical manufacturing companies' motions to dismiss a lawsuit seeking industry funds to study the human health impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). An ex-firefighter argued that the companies'...

Pilliod v. Monsanto Co.

A California jury awarded over $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to two residents who claimed that the weedkiller Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The jury found that the weedkiller's manufacturer was aware of...

Hardeman v. Monsanto

A U.S. jury awarded over $80 million in damages to a California man who claimed that the weedkiller Roundup caused his cancer. The jury found the man proved that Roundup's design was defective, that it lacked sufficient warnings of the...

Kirk v. Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.

The Eighth Circuit held that a lower court must hold a new trial with respect to a family's claims for punitive damages against a former manufacturing company for tricholorethylene contamination that allegedly caused their daughter to...

Environmental Working Group v. United States Food & Drug Administration

A district court dismissed environmental groups' lawsuit against the FDA concerning the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-producing chemicals in hair-straightening products. The groups petitioned the FDA to investigate deceptive...

Sierra Club v. Pruitt

A district court held that EPA's year-long delay in implementing formaldehyde emission standards for domestically manufactured and imported composite wood products violated the Formaldehyde Standards in Composite Wood Products Act. The...

Boettcher v. Conoco Phillips Co.

The Tenth Circuit ruled that an Oklahoma citizen has no claim against an oil company on allegations that his cancer was caused by decades of breathing benzene fumes from its oil refinery near his home. In 2011, the man was diagnosed...

California v. ConAgra Grocery Products Co.

A California appellate court held that three paint companies will have to reimburse the state for the cost of stripping lead paint from the interior of thousands of houses in San Francisco and nine other cities and counties. The state...

Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Roy's Plumbing, Inc.

The Second Circuit, in a summary order, affirmed a lower court decision that an insurance company has no duty to defend a plumbing company in an underlying state suit related to chemical contamination at Love Canal near Niagara Falls,...

California v. Golden Gate Petroleum Co.

A California court found that three gas station operators failed to comply with requirements for monitoring and maintaining underground storage tanks. During several inspections the defendants were told of their violations concerning...

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