Blast Injury

A Wisconsin judge ruled that a man may seek punitive damages against the Husky Superior Refinery after an explosion at the facility created a blast wave that caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Allegations of a worn valve and presence of a hazardous chemical created a dangerous situation at the refinery, and its operators may have intentionally disregarded the danger to others.

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Children’s Toys

The Fifth Circuit ruled the Consumer Product Safety Commission procedurally erred when it issued its final rule prohibiting the manufacture and sale of any children’s toy or article that has more than 0.1% of any one of five phthalates, which can have negative health effects. However, the court remanded the case, finding there is a “serious possibility” the agency can substantiate its decision if given the opportunity.

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Groups Ask France to Probe 2013 Syria Chemical Attacks

A group of Syrian chemical attack survivors and Syrian rights groups said Tuesday they have filed a criminal complaint in France over two August 2013 attacks outside Damascus, pointing to the alleged responsibility of the Syrian government in what would constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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French Court Hears Agent Orange Case Against Chemical Firms

A French court will on Monday hear a case against more than a dozen multinationals, accused by a French-Vietnamese woman of causing grievous harm to her and others by selling the Agent Orange defoliant to the U.S. government which used it to devastating effect in the Vietnam War.

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