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Outdated OSHA rules fail to shield tech workers from toxic exposure

Outdated OSHA rules fail to shield tech workers from toxic exposure

Workers in manufacturing facilities across the tech sector are at increasing risk from exposure to hazardous chemicals thanks to federal regulations that are woefully outdated and a business community that has failed to take worker safety seriously.

Former Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Director David Michaels estimates that 90 percent of the permissible exposure...

ExxonMobil Hit with $725M Verdict for Failure to Warn About Cancer-Causing Benzene in Gasoline

ExxonMobil Hit with $725M Verdict for Failure to Warn About Cancer-Causing Benzene in Gasoline

Philly jury finds benzene in gasoline caused former mechanic’s leukemia diagnosis

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury has returned a $725.5 million verdict against ExxonMobil, finding the company’s failure to warn about the known health risks of exposure to cancer-causing benzene in its petroleum products was responsible for a former service station mechanic’s acute myeloid...

Pattern of Denial: Corporations Hide Pesticide, Consumer Product Risks

Pattern of Denial: Corporations Hide Pesticide, Consumer Product Risks

From pesticides to consumer products, manufacturers are known to go to great lengths to limit and control what the public knows about the safety of their products. Recent incidents in Europe and the United States underscore some of the ways corporations wield their power at the expense of consumer safety.

A Heavy Corporate Hand Suppressing Product Safety Information

In Europe, EU...

Fear, Unease in the Shadows of the Petrochemical Industry

Fear, Unease in the Shadows of the Petrochemical Industry

Toxic chemicals released from recurring fires, explosions and industrial mishaps have become an inevitable part of life for families living in the shadows of petrochemical plants clustered in east and southeast Houston communities like Deer Park.

Life goes on while fears linger that the next catastrophe is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

Reassurances ring...

Sex Abuse Victims are Coming Forward and Making a Difference

Sex Abuse Victims are Coming Forward and Making a Difference

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we salute victims of sexual abuse who are making a difference by bravely coming forward to demand justice.

Their bravery is making a difference. Recent research has documented a growing demand for schools to be held accountable for failing to protect students, along with a surge in large monetary awards and settlements against schools for...

Kim Rosales Earns Prestigious National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 Award

Kim Rosales Earns Prestigious National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 Award

Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel is pleased to announce that Kim Rosales has been honored as one of the top young lawyers in the country by the invitation-only National Trial Lawyers organization.

A Rising Star in Litigation

Every year, the National Trial Lawyers organization identifies and celebrates the top 40 trial lawyers under the age of 40 across the nation. The 40 Under 40 award is...

Ohio Train Derailment Released Benzene, Other Hazardous Chemicals

Ohio Train Derailment Health Risks

Ohio Train Derailment Released Benzene, Other Hazardous Chemicals

Nearly a year after the fiery crash of a train carrying deadly chemicals, residents in and around East Palestine, Ohio, face uncertainty about a wide range of potentially serious health risks from exposure to chemicals including vinyl chloride and benzene.

Residents are unsure whether to stay and risk exposure to carcinogens that have blanketed the area and killed thousands of fish and...

Fighting Childhood Hunger with the North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Childhood Hunger

Fighting Childhood Hunger with the North Texas Food Bank

Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel is uniting with law firms across North Texas to combat childhood hunger and food insecurity.

During April, the firm’s attorneys and staff are taking part in the North Texas Food Bank’s (NTFB) Food From The Bar challenge to collect funds and non-perishable food items. Last year, the drive raised $132,300, equal to 396,900 nutritious meals to...

Asbestos contamination shutters Philly public school buildings

Philadelphia School Asbestos Closures

Asbestos contamination shutters Philly public school buildings

Five Philadelphia school buildings have closed this year because of asbestos contamination in aging buildings despite officials promising for decades that the structures were safe.

While the Philadelphia school district may be in the headlines, school districts and government entities across the nation face the same leadership challenges to maintain aging infrastructure. About 20% of...

Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Reinforces Whistleblower Retaliation Protections

Whistleblower Retaliation Protections Strengthened

Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Reinforces Whistleblower Retaliation Protections

Whistleblowers who expose fraud have strong protections from employer retaliation based on a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Murray v UBS Securities. 

In a unanimous opinion, the justices held that a whistleblower does not have to prove that their employer had “retaliatory intent” in order to avail themselves of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s (SOX) protections against...

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