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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

Protection of people and their property from large corporate polluters is still our top priority. A unique feature of our growing environmental toxic tort practice is the ability to represent a large number of people harmed by damage to their property. Our attorneys are fighting to make a difference in the lives of those threatened by environmental toxins that contaminate waterways, soil and wildlife, endangering human health and life.

Household Cleaners May Promote Obesity in Children, Study Shows

Do you have overweight children? If so, it could be that household cleaners and disinfectants are to blame for excessive weight gain in babies and toddlers, a new Canadian study has found. The study, led by Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Canada and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, collected fecal samples from 757 infants, measured different types of gut bacteria in each, and tracked the weight of the subject babies for three years. The study revealed that children from homes where antimicrobial cleaners and disinfectants were used daily were more than twice ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

E-cigarettes can contain toxic ingredients that are especially harmful to teens

More and more teenagers are using e-cigarettes, and many of their parents assume they are less dangerous than traditional cigarettes so they don’t need to worry. But they are sorely wrong, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health warned. To help parents better understand what vaping is and the harm it poses, state health officials have launched a statewide campaign, “The New Look of Nicotine Addiction,” to arm parents with information they can use to talk to their kids about e-cigarettes. Contrary to what most people believe, these products – also known as e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems, JUULs and ... Read More

Talc-mesothelioma case begins in NJ courtroom

Rosalind Henry regularly used Johnson’s Baby Powder on herself and her two young sons, assuming the product was safe even for babies. Through the years she bought hundreds of bottles of baby powder, never knowing they could contain cancer-causing asbestos. Decades later she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Henry and her husband Frederick are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew its talc contained asbestos but continued to sell the product to consumers while failing to warn them of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, including the development of mesothelioma. Rosalind Henry ... Read More

Pipeline Break Floods Indiana River with Jet Fuel

A pipeline failure released more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into the St. Mary’s River in northeastern Indiana Sept. 7, and officials warned a cleanup could take several weeks to complete. Bernie Beier, Homeland Security Director for Allen County, Indiana, told The Journal Gazette that an employee of Buckeye Pipe Line Company, which owns the busted pipeline, detected a pressure drop and immediately went to check on the line. The company then shut down the affected pipeline, but not before 8,190 gallons of jet fuel escaped into the river. The spill prompted police officials in the city of Decatur ... Read More

Imerys settles case brought by mesothelioma victim just before jury deliberations

Hours before the conclusion of closing arguments in the latest trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America knowingly sold asbestos-tainted talcum powder products to consumers that contributed to a woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Imerys announced it had reached a settlement with the plaintiff. The California jury was told by Los Angeles Superior Judge Margaret Oldendorf that they would be receiving a new verdict form to account for Imerys no longer being part of the case, but jurors would still need to assign responsibility for damages; that is, if they found J&J and Imerys ... Read More

Colorado health officials discourage blood-testing for benzene

Colorado health officials want people living near oil and gas refineries to stop having their blood tested for cancer-causing benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), arguing that the best way to deal with the public health threat is to monitor the environment. Residents living near drilling sites in western Colorado have raised concerns about the fumes that the refineries emit and how they might affect their health. As a result, they have taken their health into their own hands, having their blood tested at laboratories. Marion Wells of Rulison said she has her blood tested regularly, and that her ... Read More

Duke Energy Dump Spills Tons of Coal Ash in Florence Floods

Toxic coal ash from a shuttered Duke Energy plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, was released from a primitive dump as heavy rains from Hurricane Florence lashed the coast. As of Monday, the city of Wilmington was inaccessible by land due to widespread catastrophic flooding in the city and surrounding areas, so Duke Energy and state environmental officials haven’t determined how far the spilled coal ash – enough to fill about 180 dump trucks – has migrated. According to the Associated Press, the toxic coal ash from Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Station “likely flowed into the Cape Fear River.” With waterways ... Read More

Wife blames spouse’s lung cancer on asbestos, benzene exposure at railroad

A Colonie, New York woman is suing her late husband’s former employer for exposing him to several toxic substances which she claims caused his fatal lung cancer. He died just four months after diagnosis. Susan E. Willis De Seve, on behalf of the estate of her husband Kevin C. De. Seve, filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against Consolidated Rail Corporation of Philadelphia (Conrail) and American Premier Underwriters (formerly, Penny Central Corporation and c/o C.T. Corporation System). Mr. De Seve worked for Conrail from 1969 to 1995 performing inspections and repairs in an environment where he ... Read More

EPA rule will allow more climate-damaging methane into the environment

It is bad enough for the environment – and especially human health – that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration is allowing new uses of cancer-causing asbestos whereas 60 other countries around the globe have banned the mineral due to its toxicity to humans. Now the agency – under the same Trump regime – is proposing to ease Obama-era requirements for oil and gas companies regarding the monitoring and repairing of methane leaks, the New York Times reports. Methane is among the most powerful greenhouse gases. It damages the climate when it is released during natural gas ... Read More