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|D.C. Circuit Holds that Coast Guard May Impose Nonfinancial Conditions Before Allowing Ships Accused of Violating MARPOL to Leave Port|
Mark Aspinall, Daniel Johnson, John M. McCaskill, James A. Orr, Ronald W. Zdrojeski; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
December 22, 2015, previously published on December 22, 2015On December 15, 2015, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the U.S. Coast Guard could impose nonfinancial conditions, in addition to a bond, before permitting ships under suspicion of a MARPOL violation to leave U.S. ports.
|Must Playground Equipment & Surfaces Comply with CPSC Lead Limits for Children’s Products?|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 21, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2015Over the past few months, numerous national media outlets have published stories about the potential health risks of a material commonly used on playground surfaces—crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is a granule material typically made from recycled scrap tires that is used to provide a soft play...
|After Coal, Is EPA Pivoting to Oil?|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 21, 2015, previously published on December 08, 2015After tightening the noose and choking the coal industry through such stringent regulatory efforts as the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule and the Clean Power Plan, EPA now seems to be focusing its efforts on the petroleum industry. At least two recent rulemakings, one final and one proposed,...
|Ontario Climate Change Policy Developments|
Michael R. Barrett; Bennett Jones LLP;
December 16, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2015On November 24, 2015, the Ontario government released its long-term Climate Change Strategy (CCS) as part of the province's expanding climate change policy development process.
|G2 LNG Requests Initiation of FERC Pre-Filing Process|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
December 11, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2015G2 LNG, LLC has filed a letter requesting that FERC initiate the pre-filing environmental review process for its proposed liquefaction and export terminal facility on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, Calcasieu Parish, La. between mile markers 3 and 4. The project would have a peak production...
|Philly Jury Awards $1.7 Million Against Employer for Mesothelioma|
Joshua D. Scheets; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
December 9, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2015In the first verdict against an employer in connection with an asbestos personal injury suit brought on behalf of a former employee, a Philadelphia jury returned a verdict totaling $1.7 million in favor of a deceased plaintiff and his wife. In Estate of John Busbey v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp,...
|Cosmetic Manufacturers' Talc Did Not Cause Asbestos Disease, NJ Jury Finds|
Paul C. Johnson; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
December 9, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2015A Middlesex County jury returned a defense verdict in the matter of Fishbain v. Colgate Palmolive, an asbestos lawsuit arising out of a plaintiff’s alleged use of cosmetic talc products. The plaintiff, Linda Fishbain, alleged that asbestos fibers contaminated the talc used in Cashmere Bouquet...
|Ford Motor Company Obtains Defense Verdict in Allegheny County Mesothelioma Case|
Melissa Devich Cochran; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
December 9, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2015In a case tried before Judge Terrance O'Brien, an Allegheny County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Ford Motor Company after nearly a 16-day trial. In Larry English, Administrator of the Estate of Sherry L. English v. Ford, the plaintiffs were represented by Attorney Jerry Block of the...
|EPA Issues Renewable Fuels Standard|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
December 8, 2015, previously published on December 4, 2015This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) benchmarks, which calls for the mixing of 18.11 billion gallons of biofuels next year. That number includes 14.5 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol with the remainder coming from biodiesel and...
|All Change - Alberta Overhauls Climate Policy, Ushers In Sweeping New Requirements|
Kent D. Howie, Michael G. Massicotte, Steven Morrison, Beth Reimer-Heck, Alan L. Ross; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 7, 2015, previously published on November 23, 2015On November 22, 2015, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a far-reaching and comprehensive new strategy on climate change. It not only responds to recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Panel ("Panel"), which the provincial government appointed this past summer, but also...