In a move affecting retailers in the furniture and other wood-based industries, the EPA recently issued a series of amendments to its Final Rule implementing the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which added Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Formaldehyde Final Rule sets formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products and includes requirements for the testing, third-party certification, import certification and labeling of covered products by manufacturers of those products.
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On August 29, 2016, in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court left many retailers wondering what the 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman may mean for the exercise of specific jurisdiction in cases involving nationwide courses of business conduct affecting both resident and nonresident plaintiffs.
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On July 19, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a general liability insurer’s duty to defend suits seeking damages “because of bodily injury” was triggered when the state of West Virginia sued a pharmaceutical distributor, alleging it had contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, causing the state to spend money to care for addicted citizens.
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Syed Ahmad and Matthew McLellan, attorneys in Hunton & Williams LLP’s Insurance Coverage Counseling and Litigation team, recently authored an article entitled A Primer On Insurance Coverage for Food Contamination Losses, which provides an overview of insurance protection for food contamination issues that retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers may encounter.
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