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Environmental Archives

Family Poisoned By Toxic Pesticides While On Vacation

A Delaware family became gravely ill during a routine vacation to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Island. During their stay at the Siren USA resort, the family was exposed to the pesticide methyl bromide. The exposure caused the family to suffer severe nerve damage, forcing some into medically induced comas for weeks in order to recover. Although now conscious, the two brothers are barely able to move, and struggle with eating, walking, or even sitting up on their own. The boys' father, while recovering, also suffers from tremors and has difficulty speaking and with his motor skills. 

Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Hits The Bronx

The Bronx recently had the worst outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in New York City history. To date, 119 people reportedly have been infected with the disease and twelve individuals have died. Thus far fourteen sites within the Bronx impact zone have been identified as testing positive of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease.

Surveillance and Personal Injury Lawsuits

In New York, if you have a personal injury lawsuit, it's important to know that there is a significant chance that the defendant's representatives will put you under surveillance. While this usually occurs between the time of your deposition and the time of trial, it is something to be conscious of from the beginning of your claim through the end of your case.

COURT FINDS BP SPILLED 3.2 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL INTO THE GULF

On January 15, 2015, a federal court reached a decision in the BP Oil Spill case assessing the amount of oil that was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Judge Carl J. Barbier of the Federal District Court in New Orleans issued a ruling finding that BP 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled following the April 20, 2010 oil rig fire and explosion that killed 11 people and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 consecutive days.

New York Bans Fracking Due To Environmental and Safety Concerns

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced that it was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing throughout New York State. The controversial practice, commonly known as "fracking" is a method to extract oil and gas from underground rock formations.

Federal District Court Finds BP Grossly Negligent In 2010 Oil Spill

A major decision regarding the first phase of the trial for the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was issued by a Federal District Court in New Orleans on September 4, 2014. The 153 page decision by Judge Carl Barbier found that BP, Halliburton and Transocean all contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in 11 deaths and millions of gallons of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. Significantly, the decision held that BP was "grossly negligent" and "reckless" in its actions and omissions leading up to the spill, which may result in fines potentially reaching $18 billion.