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J&J, Talc Witness Get Criminal Contempt Ruling on Absence Nixed

A trial judge’s criminal contempt ruling against Johnson & Johnson and a key witness in its defense of a talcum powder product liability suit must be reversed because the judge “inferred and presumed” that the company and witness lied to him, an Illinois appeals court ruled.

FDA Denies Petitions to Restrict Phthalates in Food Packaging

The US Food and Drug Administration denied two petitions from environmental and health advocates to ban food packaging phthalates and accepted an industry group’s petition to stop authorizing phthalates no longer used in food containers, the agency said Thursday.

Minnesota Moves to Write Carbon Capture Pipeline Regulations (1)

Several carbon-capture pipelines financed by Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., John Deere & Co., BlackRock Inc. and other investors will face increased governmental scrutiny after a Minnesota utilities commission on Thursday voted to initiate a rulemaking process to regulate liquefied carbon dioxide.

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The Long Fight for Environmental Justice Continues

Environmental justice gained traction in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Forty years later, impacted communities still have limited legal options to combat negative environmental impacts.

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