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Apr
25

Lead and Pesticides Discovered at Former Dumont Farm

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A recently court-ordered report showed soil samples from a former Dumont, New Jersey farm containing elevated levels of lead and evidence of banned pesticides. The property is slated to be redeveloped into nearly 150 apartments and over 20 affordable-housing units. During the most recent hearing regarding the land redevelopment, the State Superior Court Judge ordered

Apr
21

Philadelphia Consumer Protection Lawyers Discuss Decision in Pharmacy Case

Environmental Tort Law Blog

In Little Rock, Arkansas last week AllCare Specialty Pharmacy won a round in the ongoing struggle between independent pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for equitable reimbursements.  We have commented in the past (here, here, and here) about how PBMs abuse their power in dictating prices that pharmacies can charge their customers, often making more

Apr
17

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars: How Safe Are They?

WCB Blog

In 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 35,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, the majority of those resulting from human error.   Technology promoters believe that self-driving vehicles will significantly reduce that number. Billions of dollars are being spent by automobile and technology companies to develop the technology so that

Apr
17

Bergen County Environmentalists Distraught by Local Illegal Dumping

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A group of local environmentalists in Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey are distraught after the discovery of the illegal dumping of dirt piles containing used lead bullet casings behind the county Safety Training center. Despite guidelines regarding the proper disposal of bullet casings after significant pile-ups, the training center failed to clean up the piles,

Apr
13

Killers in the Workplace: Chemical Exposure Remains an Occupational Hazard

WCB Blog

In her April 10, 2017 Op-ed piece, NY Times contributor Rachel Cernansky quoted OSHA’s estimation that “chemical exposure kills 50,000 American workers a year, and sickens more than 190,000.”  Worse, she cited experts who call these numbers “gross underestimates.” The numbers will shock those who may have thought that poisonous workplaces were a thing of

Apr
07

Philadelphia Business Lawyers: Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Put to Supreme Test

WCB Blog

The arbitration agreement war between nursing home residents and nursing home operators is being put to the supreme test.  As in the United States Supreme Court.  The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on February 22nd on the legality of arbitration arguments signed by representatives for nursing home residents.  The decision by the U.S. Supreme

Apr
04

New Jersey Pregnancies Affected by Pennsylvania Pollution

Environmental Tort Law Blog

In a new study, it was discovered pollution in Pennsylvania affected New Jersey pregnancies in four of its northwestern counties. This was the first study of the prenatal impact of coal emissions, and shows that children born in Hunterdon County, Morris County, Sussex County, and Warren County from 1990 to 2006 may have been impacted

Apr
04

Philadelphia Civil Right Lawyers: Civil Rights Abuses and Immigration Enforcement

WCB Blog

Civil Rights Abuses Are a Likely Side-Effect of Aggressive Immigration Enforcement It is not controversial to say that immigration enforcement is one of the top law enforcement priorities of the Trump administration.  When the Justice Department recently threatened to cut off federal funding from so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused sanctuary jurisdictions of

Mar
31

Consumer Protection Lawyers: Waiving the Right to Arbitrate

WCB Blog

Midland Funding Waives Right to Arbitrate by Suing Consumers in Court We and others have written before about the consumer debt-buying giant Midland Funding, LLC and its incredible hypocrisy in filing tens of thousands of lawsuits against consumers in state courts every year, but then, when consumers fight back, trying to force them out of court

Mar
30

Nearly 27 Victims Claim Abuse by Former Pingry Teacher

Civil Rights Blog

After a year-long investigation prompted by abuse accusations, nearly 27 victims filed sexual abuse claims against their former teacher. On the Short Hills, New Jersey campus of the Pingry School, the popular teacher, and Boy Scout leader allegedly abused students during a six-year period in the mid-1970s. Numerous assaults upon the victims took place at

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