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Politics in the Workplace

The concept of "free speech" is as American as apple pie. However, any employment litigator or human resources professional can tell you that free speech and what is appropriate in the workplace are very different concepts.

The CEO Said WHAT?

Effectively counseling a client facing sudden and significant adverse publicity is the primary focus of a seminar with WSHB’s Alicia Kennon at the DRI Construction Law conference in Las Vegas, March 2-3, 2017. “Handling the fallout from a catastrophic accident that injures innocent people or mitigating the damage caused by a client who self-destructs during an on-camera interview prior to your retention requires an adjustment to the typical defense strategy," said Kennon, a partner at WSHB. “Understanding the nature of the media, the news cycle, and how to interact proactively with crisis management and public relations experts is critical to the success of your defense.”

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New Jersey Supreme Court Allows Untimely Alabama Claim to Proceed Under New Jersey’s Longer Limitations Period

In McCarrell v. Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., 2017 WL 344449 (Jan. 24, 2017), the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the New Jersey statute of limitations applied to a products liability claim brought by Andrew McCarrell, an Alabama resident, against, Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. and Roche Laboratories, Inc., two New Jersey pharmaceutical companies. Under the New Jersey statute of limitations, the suit was timely, but under the Alabama statute, the claim was barred. Because Mr. McCarrell's complaint was timely, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed the Appellate Division's dismissal of the action and reinstated the jury's verdict of $25,159,530.

Proposition 65 – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – Regulatory Update regarding Bisphenol A

California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has recently issued further updated regulations related specifically to the chemical, Bisphenol A ("BPA"). OEHHA added BPA in the list of chemicals required under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (referred to as "Proposition 65") in May 2015, and adopted specific warnings for exposures to BPA from canned and bottled foods and beverages on November 30, 2016. BPA is found in the containers of various food and beverage products, including can linings, jars, and bottle seals. Due to the connectivity to food and the potential hazards of ingestion and dermal exposure, OEHHA has established some specific regulations for BPA.

2017 Mold Litigation Update – Big Dollars, Questionable Claims Reflect Continuing Trends

Each year at this time, we look back at the cases, studies and other developments which have impacted mold personal injury litigation over the last twelve months. After more than a decade and a half of legal battles over which personal injuries can be attributed to mold exposure, the parties liable for those injuries, and the extent to which mold is a health risk, controversies remain.

Proposition 65 Amendments: Who is Impacted and How to Comply in an Era of Regulatory Change

On August 30, 2018, revised Proposition 65 regulations will take effect impacting many business selling consumer goods and offering services in California. The revisions affect the warnings that manufacturers, distributors and sellers must provide to any California consumer who may be exposed by a business to one or more of the 900 chemicals listed by the State as being "known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity." This article summarizes the new requirements and provides guidance to companies seeking to comply with the revised regulations, with the goal of avoiding costly enforcement litigation brought by the State, or by private Attorney General "bounty hunter" enforcers.

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