August 20, 2016

When defending against the claims that I have brought on behalf of my clients, the chemical companies are usually represented by the best and brightest legal talent that money can buy.  Even with 30 years of practice in this field, I continue to be amazed at the novel and creative arguments that defense counsel put forward to counter my cases.

One argument that particularly hit home with me was the...

March 24, 2014

For fifty years, from 1946 to 1996, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plant in Niagara Falls, New York, polymerized vinyl chloride monomer in Department 145 into polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl chloride is a recognized, proven human carcinogen, which has been definitively linked to angiosarcoma of the liver (cancer of the blood vessels of the liver) and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) in...

January 11, 2014

Things have gotten pretty bad in Washington, DC when OSHA adopts a new rule which makes its enforcement job harder and whose only beneficiary is the global chemical industry. Until 2012, OSHA had a rule which required that a cancer warning label be placed on a chemical if it appeared on a national or international list of cancer causing chemicals. The rule was clear, simple and easy to enforce. It...

December 27, 2013

NIOSH released its updated study of bladder cancer at the Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, NY, finding 50 cases of bladder cancer, an overall excess bladder cancer incidence of nearly three times the expected rate, and a six-fold excess among definitely exposed workers with 10 or more years of exposure. According to NIOSH, the permissible exposure limits for ortho-toluidine "need to be...

December 27, 2013

In a unanimous 3-0 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld OSHA’s issuance of an interpretation that the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard does not preempt common law failure to warn claims. Steven H. Wodka, Attorney-At-Law, represented United Steel Workers Local Union 4-277 as intervenors on the side of OSHA. To read the full decision, press here.

December 16, 2013

Reporter Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity has filed a major investigative article on the bladder cancer epidemic at the Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls and its causes. Morris wrote, "In a yet-to-be published study, federal health investigators have confirmed 50 cases of bladder cancer among plant employees through 2007, nearly three times the number that would have been expected in th...

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