The risks of gambling with contaminated sites
A new case from the Ontario Superior Court provides another example of the risks associated with purchasing contaminated sites. In a failed real estate transaction, the potential purchasers were left with substantial costs but did not own the properties they had intended to buy.Continue reading the post titled The risks of gambling with contaminated sites
Blue Box arbitration update
Intense work is underway preparing for the highly anticipated Blue Box arbitration.Continue reading the post titled Blue Box arbitration update
Supreme Court considers Chevron leave to appeal; fraudulent Ecuador judgment re pollution
Donziger and his team "wrote the [Ecuadorian] court's Judgment themselves and promised $500,000 to the Ecuadorian judge to rule in their favor and sign their judgment."Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court considers Chevron leave to appeal; fraudulent Ecuador judgment re pollution
Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
Dianne and Meredith recently had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight…Continue reading the post titled Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada
Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers can try again to enforce a controversial $18 billion environmental damage award against Texaco (now merged with Chevron Corp., one of the world’s largest corporations) in Canada. This is part of a worldwide legal battle between the villagers, seeking to …Continue reading the post titled Ecuador oil pollution claim can try again to collect from Chevron in Canada
More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Last month, we gave brief highlights of a landmark lead paint liability case in California. Here is a more detailed analysis, prepared for the excellent legal blog SLAW.Continue reading the post titled More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Th…Continue reading the post titled Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
A Quebec court has struck down a Gaspe municipal bylaw that tried to prevent exploratory oil wells being drilled and fracked uncomfortably close to its drinking water supply. The court ruled that the bylaw was invalid because it prevented Petrolia Inc. from carrying out drilling specifically…Continue reading the post titled Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work
Businesses with pollution risks need to buy insurance WITHOUT pollution exclusions.Continue reading the post titled Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work
De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?
After years of effort by Ontario’s mainstream auto recyclers, in cooperation with automobile manufacturers, the Ministry of the Environment is getting close to a permit-by-rule system for recycling end of life vehicles. Given the elaborate market that already exists for vehicle recycli…Continue reading the post titled De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?