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Michael Phelan

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destruction of Evidence Regarding Gulf Oil Spill

During a trial over the cause of the BP oil spill that claimed the lives of eleven people and decimated the Gulf coast with about 4.9 million barrels of oil, both the government and BP alleged that faulty cement work by […]

Michael Phelan

Perry Admin Apparently For Environmental Regulations Before It Was Against Them

Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, sued BP PLC following a 2005 explosion at the oil company’s Gulf Coast refinery. The lawsuit alleged that BP violated Texas’ state clean air act. Mr. Abbott just…

Michael Phelan

TVA Duplicity Re: Coal Ash Spill

During a recent hearing before Congress, the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority acknowledged a ‘larger cultural problem’ at the agency as an inspector general’s report says it allowed its…

Zev Antell

Electronic Cigarettes Come Under Scrutiny

The debate about the deleterious effects of cigarette smoking seems to be largely settled. The public at large is now deluged with anti-smoking messages and cigarette packs are required to…

Michael Phelan

Toxic Denture Creams

Many years ago, I handled a product liability case against a major pharmaceutical corporation in which our client’s physicians opined that she developed a fatal pre-leukemic condition as a result of…

Michael Phelan

Tort Reform Means Less Safety

The naive among us who believe that limiting our Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury would benefit most citizens probably also supported Newt Gingrich’s plan in the 1990’s to privatize the Food…

Michael Phelan

TN Coal Plant That Spilled Toxic Coal Ash Knew About Leaks

My last blog was about the coal-burning power plant responsible for the massive spill of coal ash in East Tennessee late last month. The chief executive of the Tennessee Valley Authority…

Michael Phelan

Toxic Coal Ash Spill Threatens East Tennesssee

This past Monday, the Tennessee Valley Authority disclosed to the New York Times a 2007 inventory of toxic materials that the Kingston Fossil Plant, a T.V.A. coal-fired electric plant 40 miles west…

Michael Phelan

KBR Accused of Exposing Our Troops to Known Toxic Chemical

The CBS Evening News(12/22, story 8, 3:30, Smith) reported that on since the beginning of the war in Iraq, may be facing yet another scandal. CBS added, in April, 2003, James Gentry of the…

Zev Antell

Grass Really is Greener….

Litigation involving lead paint has been with us for decades. Long ago it became recognized that when ingested, lead could have deleterious effects on the human body. Essentially everyone knows by…