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Flurry of bills targeting lead-based paint hazards and manufacturers. one down, one parked, four remain alive

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would allow homeowners to pursue lead-based paint manufacturers in cases where they cannot identify the maker has been parked by its sponsor in the California State Assembly.

NL Industries settles lead paint case for $60 million; Ballot initiative on track with signature support

By John Breslin | May 27, 2018

Organizers of a ballot initiative aimed at stopping lead paint manufacturers from facing financial liability for legacy use of the product have filed enough signatures ahead of the July deadline.

Alameda court must determine whether legal documents are privileged, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Alameda Superior Court must determine whether documents sought by a former legal consultant now suing Union Pacific Railroad Co. over asbestos exposure are privileged, according to a state appeals court ruling issued earlier this month.

Ninth Circuit panel backs Union Pacific in right of way case

By Erianne Leatherman | Feb 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reinstated counterclaims by Union Pacific Railroad on Feb. 7 centered on its leasing of land under 1,800 miles of its right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline LP to build a petroleum pipeline.

Pipeline serves a 'railroad purpose' as long as railroad operation continues and benefits, 9th Circuit rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 13, 2018

A pipeline can suffice as a "railroad purpose" under right-of-way rules granted to railroads in the 19th century, as long as the railroad benefits, an appeals court ruled this month.

$1B 'retroactive liability' lead paint case vs paint makers could pave way for overreach, appeals panel told

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 24, 2017

Lawyers for three current and former paint manufacturers on the hook for a $1.15 billion judgment over the presence of lead paint in more than 3 million California homes have asked a California appeals court to overturn that judgment, saying the judge overreached and trespassed on legal turf more properly reserved for lawmakers, and to rule otherwise would open a virtual Pandora’s box of further judicial abuses and other unforeseen harms on homeowners, businesses and taxpayers, alike.

Woman claims late husband's exposure to substances at Union Pacific Railroad Co. caused damage

By Wadi Reformado | May 8, 2017

OAKLAND – An Idaho widow alleges her husband was exposed to toxic substances that contributed to him developing leukemia.

Railroads succeed in blocking new Haz-Mat tax

By Michelle de Leon | Dec 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- A California judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the new tax scheme scheduled to be imposed on trains carrying hazardous materials, pointing out that the petitioners’ arguments merited a day in court.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to decide dietary supplements case

By Michelle de Leon | Oct 26, 2016

ORLANDO -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is on the verge of providing a concrete resolution to the contrasting opinions of district courts regarding certification and classification of dietary supplements and the lawsuits related to them.

Man alleges he was terminated by Union Pacific Railroad in retaliation

By Wadi Reformado | Jul 6, 2016

OAKLAND – A man alleges he was wrongfully terminated by his former railroad employer.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. employee alleges injuries

By Wadi Reformado | Jun 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A railroad employee alleges he was injured from a result of poor working conditions.

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