Increased food production in the U.S. often depends on the use of toxic agricultural pesticides, including chlorpyrifos, which a 2014 CHARGE study has linked to drastically increased risks of autism during prenatal development. [Read more…]
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Vice News, Foxnews, and elsewhere across the media, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has granted final approval to a settlement estimated at $20 billion over the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Many observers felt Judge Barbier had prefigured the settlement in an earlier case ruling where he noted that BP had been “grossly negligent” with respect to the rig explosion that killed 11 and spilled 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. [Read more…]
Fishers, Fish Buyers, and other Businesses Affected by the May 19, 2015 Refugio State Beach Pipeline Rupture and Oil Spill Are Alerted That They Should Not Sign Away Any Rights In OPA Claims Before Being Fully Informed About The Ongoing Class Action Refugio Spill Economic Harm Class Action Lawsuits
San Francisco, CA (March 3, 2016) — Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuits for economic harm caused by the May 19, 2015 Refugio State Beach pipeline rupture and oil spill won a victory in court today when Judge Philip S. Gutierrez issued an order granting their requests for immediate changes to the way the pipeline companies responsible for the spill are permitted to communicate to plaintiffs and putative class members. The pipeline companies must cease all of what the plaintiffs termed misleading and deceptive communications to spill victims, and update the communications they do make to alert victims to the ongoing class action lawsuits. [Read more…]
As reported by the AP and other news outlets, the natural gas and methane leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes in the Porter Ranch area has been confirmed by scientists as the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history in terms of environmental impact. [Read more…]
It is a disaster that has been described by at least one Los Angeles city official as “the equivalent of the BP oil spill, except on land.” Since late October 2015, natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The uncapped well is also pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Property values have been diminished by the ongoing leak as well as the threat of future leaks from the same facility. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser attorney Lexi J. Hazam was elected Vice Chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Promoting a fair and effective justice system, AAJ’s mission is to support the representation of those injured by the harmful misconduct and negligence of others. STEP is a section of the association, which focuses on pharmaceutical toxic effects, medical devices, pesticides, consumer products, industrial pollution, and other environmental damages.
Keller Rohrback LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, which represented those affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, have filed a class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) and Plains Pipeline, L.P., stemming from the Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara.