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October 15, 2021

Resident of Rosemont Court Sues Property Management After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease

Source: https://www.wweek.com/, October 14, 2021 By: Sophie Peel A resident of Rosemont Court where 14 seniors have fallen ill over the past year with Legionnaires’ disease sued the property management company Thursday, saying it enabled unsafe living conditions at the senior affordable housing complex in North Portland. Plaintiff Janice Lopez, 66, fell ill with Legionnaires’ disease […]

October 14, 2021

PFAS Contamination Forces Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to Shut Down City’s Wells

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, October 13, 2021 The city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has shut down almost half its wells due to PFAS contamination. Wisconsin Public Radio reported that the city announced in July that it had shut down four of its 16 wells after tests found PFAS levels exceeded the groundwater standard of 20 parts per […]

October 13, 2021

Engineer provides updated explanation for NOLA Hard Rock Hotel collapse

Source: https://www.wbrz.com/, October 13, 2021 By: Paula Jones This week, a structural engineer who helped demolish New Orleans’ partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in 2020 provided officials with updated information on the cause of the building’s collapse, according to WWL-TV. The news outlet says Walter Zehner was hired by the owner of the Hard Rock project, […]

October 13, 2021

Trial scheduled in last FIU bridge-collapse lawsuit. Criminal charges still undecided

Source: Miami Herald, October 12, 2021 Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ More than three years after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University, the last remaining lawsuit has now been scheduled for a Jan. 10 trial, while separately, prosecutors say they have still not determined whether anyone should be charged criminally. A civil court judge recently […]

October 12, 2021

Maine to investigate more than 500 sludge sites for contamination by ‘forever chemicals’

Source: https://www.pressherald.com, October 12, 2021 By: Kevin Miller State environmental regulators are preparing to launch a massive, statewide investigation to find additional “forever chemical” hotspots stemming from Maine’s decades-long use of municipal sludge and paper mill waste as farm fertilizer. Earlier this year, the administration of Gov. Janet Mills worked with the Legislature to set […]

October 11, 2021

New lawsuits in NJ for contamination in environmental justice communities

Source: https://www.njspotlight.com/, October 11, 2021 Under New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law, neighborhoods are designated environmental justice communities if they are “overburdened” and have a significant low-income, minority, and/or population with limited proficiency in English. On Friday, acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced seven new environmental enforcement actions, […]

October 11, 2021

NJ DEP sues former Somerville fuel oil company over diesel spill during Floyd

Source: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/, October 11, 2021 By: Mike Deak The state is suing a former fuel oil company for not cleaning up a diesel spill 22 years ago that the state Department of Environmental Protection alleges still “poses a threat” to the residents of two neighboring garden apartment complexes on South Bridge Street. The suit, filed in Superior Court […]

October 8, 2021

Chemical company agrees to pay for damages after sulfuric acid sprayed onto cars along Durham Freeway

Source: https://www.wral.com/, October 7, 2021 By: Chris Lovingood A chemical wholesale company is taking responsibility after several drivers said their cars were pelted with an acid-like substance on N.C. Highway 147 in Durham last weekend. They’re now agreeing to help several drivers who were impacted and pay for vehicle damage. Read more.

October 8, 2021

“Tail Coverage” – Understanding The Extended Reporting Period

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/, October 8, 2021 By: Pamela G. Michiels, Phelps Dunbar Professional liability policies, almost always written on a claims-made basis, typically contain a number of options for the insured to obtain an Extended Reporting Period (ERP). What does that mean? And why might it be necessary, or at least a good idea? While many […]

October 8, 2021

The Retroactive Date – When Timing Is Everything

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/, October 8, 2021 By: Mary Frances Lindquist Rosamond, Phelps Dunbar Most architects, engineers and contractors’ professional liability policies are written on a claims-made basis, requiring a claim to be first made against the insured and reported to the insurer during the policy period. Claims-made policies typically contain a retroactive date limitation, which must […]

October 7, 2021

DOJ Sues Transportation Company Faulted for 2008 Oil Spill

Source: https://lawstreetmedia.com/, October 6, 2021 By: Kendall Heebink A suit was filed Monday in the Eastern District of Louisiana by plaintiffs the United States of America and the State of Louisiana against defendant American Commercial Barge Line, LLC (ACBL). The plaintiffs filed suit against the defendant per the request of a host of federal and state […]

October 7, 2021

Montana Federal District Court Finds for Insurer in Pollution Coverage Dispute

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, October 5, 2021 By: Melanie A. McDonald, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. Applying Louisiana law, a recent federal court decision exemplifies why policyholders should thoroughly read claims-made policies to understand when notice is due to insurers and truthfully complete policy applications. In Admiral Insurance Company v. Dual Trucking, Inc.,1 the Court determined the insurer, […]

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