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  • Man Sentenced to 10-Year Prison Term for Asbestos Violations of Clean Air Act

    Posted by on July 30, 2012
    The U.S. EPA recently announced a tough 10-year sentence for a man convicted of criminal violations of the Clean Air Act relating to asbestos: Duane “Butch” O’Malley, 59, of Bourbonnais, Ill., who was convicted by a federal jury on September 26, 2011, for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by ...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on January 9, 2012
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) State of Illinois sues the City of Markham for allegedly violating the IL Environmental Protection Act by not having a backflow contamination control in its water supply system for at least six months. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8494027 (2) Illinois EPA officials h...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 15, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Settlement of lawsuit against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District formalizes deadlines to finish sections of the Deep Tunnel, but the entire system will not be completed until 2029. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-legal-settlement-to-force-completion-of-deep-tunnel-20111214...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 14, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder has been reportedly barred from hearing asbestos cases after her campaign committee allegedly got $30,000 in contributions from area law firms specializing in asbestos-related cases.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-asbestoscases-jud,0,149...
  • Illinois Appellate Court Affirms $1.5 Million Jury Verdict in Asbestos Case

    Posted by on November 25, 2011
    The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed a $1.5 million jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs in Zickuhr v. Ericsson, Inc., Case No. 1-10-3430.  The Court ruled that the trial court correctly (1) ruled that the plaintiffs did not have to show the exact quantity of asbestos fibers the decedent was exposed to and (2) barred the defendant from introducing evidence that ...
  • Property Owner Fined $3,000 for Violating Asbestos Regulations

    Posted by on September 14, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently ordered a property owner to pay a $3,000 civil penalty for violating asbestos regulations in People v. Landers, Case No. PCB 07-13.  This case concerned demolition of a building located at 1229 West Jackson Street in Auburn, Sangamon County, Illinois. The State alleged that the property owner violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by f...
  • IL Appellate Court Overturns Existing Civil Conspiracy Law in Ruling on Asbestos Liability Case

    Posted by on August 3, 2011
    In Rodarmel v. Pneumo Abex, L.L.C., No. 4-10-0463, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, recently overturned a judgment of over $2 million against the defendants in an asbestos civil conspiracy case.  In doing so,  the Court overruled portions of two previous decisions and changed the standard of proof in civil conspiracy cases. (more…)...

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