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Jury Finds That Talcum Powder Causes Cancer

Nov 2016 01

Juries in three recent Missouri cases have awarded verdicts totaling $200 million to women who alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused them to suffer ovarian cancer.

Federal Judge Emphasizes Jury's Role in Punishing Corporate Misconduct

Oct 2016 21

A federal judge in Georgia has made a strong statement supporting the role of citizen jurors in punishing corporations for reckless misconduct that injures consumers.

Document Destruction Leads to Significant Verdict Against Hankook Tires

Sep 2016 12

An Arkansas jury recently returned a substantial verdict in a case against tire manufacturer Hankook. A 76 year-old man suffered a fractured leg and hip in a truck crash that was caused by a loss of control that occurred when the tread on the right front…

Woman Killed and Four Others Injured in Truck Crash Near Quemado, Texas

Aug 2016 30

A woman was killed and four people were injured on August 22, 2016, when a tractor-trailer carrying a load of the propellant devices that inflate auto airbags crashed and exploded near the Quemado, Texas town on the Mexican border.

California Gas Utility Fined for Record-Keeping Failures

Aug 2016 22

The Public Utilities Commission in California has fined Pacific Gas & Electric Company more than $25 million dollars for the company's failure to keep proper investigative records of gas leaks and other safety problems.

California Gas Utility Convicted of Crimes for Gas Line Explosion

Aug 2016 10

On August 10, 2016, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was found guilty by a California federal court jury of criminal activity for violating pipeline safety standards in a 2010 gas line explosion that killed eight people, injured many others, and caused…

Government Proposes Fines for Gas Pipeline Company

Aug 2016 01

The federal agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines has proposed to fine one of the Williams companies $1.6 million dollars for its violations of federal regulations that caused an October 2015 explosion at a gas compressor stations in Louisiana.

County Sues Gas Company to Force Safety Measures

Jul 2016 26

In another example of the oil and gas industry’s lack of concern about safety and the consequences of its profit-making activities, Los Angeles County has been forced to sue Southern California Gas Company.

Wyoming Oilfield Worker Dies After 76-Foot Fall

Jul 2016 21

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Midwest, Wyoming on July 14, 2016. According to the initial investigation, Dennis McCulloch fell 76 feet from a workover rig and died instantly.

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Jul 2016 21

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and creates a legal claim in federal court for theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.