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January 22, 2024

Lead contamination leads to Brew Tulum suing the property owners and managers of building

Source: https://www.ksdk.com/, January 20, 2024 By: Mercedes Mackay A pair of St. Louis business owners are suing their landlords after lead contamination forced them to close their café on Delmar. Brew Tulum owner, Laura McNamara, said they are speaking out in hopes of change. Read more.

August 22, 2023

Mold – Sediment Build Up

Source: Distinguished Programs A commercial retail center received complaints from tenants about musty odors coming from the basement storage areas. During a maintenance inspection, it was determined that the basement drains were not able to drain properly  due to the buildup of sediments within the pipes causing water to back up into the storage areas. […]

August 11, 2023

Commercial – HVAC

Source: Distinguished Programs A veterinary office was a tenant in a commercial office park. HVAC repairs were made within the building, and both  workers and customers complained of headaches and nausea due to vapors from sealants used during repairs. The  commercial office park was evacuated as a precaution until the fumes were gone; however, several […]

August 10, 2023

Retail Shopping Center

Source: Distinguished Programs A commercial retail center received complaints from tenants about musty odors coming from the basement storage  areas. During a maintenance inspection, it was determined that the basement drains were not able to drain properly  due to the build-up of sediments within the pipes causing water to back up into the storage areas. […]

May 3, 2022

The top 5 new environmental issues for commercial property owners or managers

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, January 14, 2022 By: Bernadette M. Rappold, Kerri L. Barsh, Christopher L. Bell, David G. Mandelbaum and Kaitlyn R. Maxwell, Greenberg Traurig LLP The Biden-Harris administration is quickly establishing new federal environment requirements affecting commercial property owners and managers. These requirements, along with changes occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, raise a host of […]

January 8, 2021

Here’s the latest on the Fort Bragg housing complaint class-action suit

Source: https://www.fayobserver.com/, January 8, 2021 By: Rachael Riley Another Fort Bragg family has entered into a class-action complaint against Fort Bragg’s housing provider, Corvias, as Corvias looks to have the class-action complaint dropped. On June 24, three Fort Bragg families filed complaints against Corvias and its partners.  Read more.

April 30, 2020

San Francisco’s Treasure Island residents sue Lennar, others for $2B, claim failed toxic cleanup

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, January 28, 2020 By: Kim Slowey In addition to the $2 billion plus legal fees, the plaintiffs are asking the court to require that the defendants remediate the property to an acceptable condition; conduct safety and health assessments for those living, working or attending school on the island; and stop any development, construction, […]

March 26, 2020

Who Pays When Remediation Goes Wrong? A Federal Court’s Evaluation of Contractor Liability

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) has been a prodigious generator of litigation for decades. First, the government sought to compel potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to clean up contaminated sites. Then, those PRPs who were found liable or who settled with the government sought contribution from other PRPs. Now, even after these […]

March 3, 2020

Huntsville Housing Authority confirms radon problems identified by AL.com investigation, doesn’t tell tenants

The Huntsville Housing Authority found high levels of radioactive gas inside more than 60 public housing units last fall but never told the tenants they were breathing cancer-causing radon. Residents of Butler Terrace Addition knew nothing until reporters from AL.com and its affiliate, The Oregonian/OregonLive, made contact with some of them last week. Read more.…

March 8, 2019

Pollution Exclusion Bars Insurance Coverage for Oil-Based Paint Fumes

Source: https://www.law.com, March 7, 2019 By: Steven A. Meyerowitz U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed a case against an insurance company facing a bodily injury claim from paint fumes in an office building. A federal district court in Miami ruled an insurance policy’s pollution exclusion precluded coverage of a lawsuit against the owner and manager of […]

July 27, 2018

Toxins found in Upper Dublin drinking water; EPA holds forum to address concerns

Source: https://6abc.com, July 26, 2018 By: Vernon Odum The tap water in Upper Dublin Township is widely believed by local residents to be dangerously contaminated by firefighting agents from military bases in this area of Montgomery County. The acronym for the contaminating chemical in question is PFAS, which stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. According […]

July 12, 2018

Toxic soil claims stall San Francisco shipyard development

Dive Brief: Kofi Bonner, co-chief operating officer of Five Point Holdings, developer of the Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point project on and around the site of a former U.S. Navy shipyard in San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the project will be delayed for years due to uncertainty around potentially radioactive soil that is scaring off […]

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