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Cheshire High School mold problems prompt concern

Posted in Industry News on May 31, 2011.

CHESHIRE, Conn.– Mold concerns at a Connecticut high school have prompted several teachers to file workers’ compensation claims, and one says she is considering a lawsuit. Cheshire High School teacher Beth Rosenblatt’s attorneys notified the town recently that she might sue over health concerns she attributes to mold at the school.

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N.Y. sues feds over impact of gas ‘fracking’ on drinking water

Posted in Industry News on May 31, 2011.

Under regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission and backed by federal agencies, between 15,000 and 18,000 gas wells would be drilled within the river basin without the full environmental review mandated under U.S. law. As a result, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit today. Bloomberg and the Associated Press have details.

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Predicting 2011 hurricane season could be tough

Posted in Industry News on May 31, 2011.

The tough task of guessing what hurricane season will look like could be even more difficult this year for forecasters, who won’t be able to rely on the relatively predictable forces known as El Nino and La Nina. El Nino and La Nina _ warming and cooling trends in the ocean that can either rev up hurricanes or suppress them _ are expected to be essentially neutral, complicating any predictions. The last time temperatures were neutral was 2005, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita hammered the Gulf Coast with lethal results.

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Acrophobic bridge worker protected by ADA, rules 7th Circuit [Lawyers USA]

Posted in Industry News on May 11, 2011.

Common sense tells us that a worker with an irrational fear of heights isn’t qualified to hold a job that requires him to climb around highway bridges. But the Americans with Disabilities Act, with its devil’s playground of legalisms, has little to do with common sense. The department fired Darrell Miller in 2007. The department claims that Miller was fired for making threats against a superior.

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Federal judge approves $3M deal with maker of plastic baby bottles and “sippy” cups [Missouri Lawyers Media]

Posted in Industry News on May 11, 2011.

A federal judge gave final approval Tuesday to a $3 million nationwide class action settlement with a maker of plastic baby bottles and children’s “sippy” cups that contained bisphenol A, or BPA. The settlement offers vouchers to people who purchased such items from Avent America, owned by Philips Electronics North America Corp., between 2001 and the present.

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Miracle on the Hudson: The Sequel [Best's Review]

Posted in Industry News on May 1, 2011.

Chartis and US Airways finish the claims process without facing a single lawsuit. Everyone remembers the Miracle on the Hudson, the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the river between Manhattan and New Jersey on Jan. 15, 2009. Few, however, know the rest of the story: Not a single lawsuit was filed in connection with the water landing after the aircraft collided with geese minutes after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, leaving the Airbus 320 without engine power.

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