November 21, 2019

Lawsuit alleges negligence by Seattle Children’s for mold-related sicknesses

Source:, November 20, 2019
By: Hana Kim

Earlier this week, Seattle Children’s CEO Jeff Sperring made no excuses for the deadly mold problem at his hospital. They now believe that complications from Aspergillus mold has killed six patients since 2001.

“Looking back, we should have made the connections sooner. Simply put, we failed,” Sperring said. Read more.

November 21, 2019

The list of military sites with suspected ‘forever chemicals’ contamination has grown

Source:, November 20, 2019
By: Patricia Kime

The number of places where the U.S. military spilled or suspects it discharged perfluorinated compounds has grown, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, but they did not say where or how many sites are under investigation for possible contamination.

The Department of Defense previously identified 401 sites on active and former military bases where the compounds — perfluorooctane sulfonate or perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOS and PFOA — were released or a suspected discharge occurred. Read more.

November 21, 2019


November 21, 2019

The Pollution Exclusion Can Bar Coverage for Alleged Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims

Source:, November 14, 2019
By: Kevin M. Apollo, Goldberg Segalla LLP

Foremost Ins. Co. v. Rodriguez, a Pennsylvania federal district denied a motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment lawsuit filed by a liability insurer that sought to disclaim coverage for an underlying lawsuit alleging carbon monoxide exposure.[1]

In the underlying state court lawsuit, tenants sued their landlords, alleging that the landlords refused to repair a heating system, which resulted, ultimately, in carbon monoxide poisoning. After the tenants’ hospitalization, the local gas company deemed the heater on the property unsafe, and instructed the landlords to replace the heater. Read more.

November 20, 2019

Toxic PFAS chemicals, found across Pennsylvania, get the Hollywood treatment

Source:, November 20, 2019
By: Wallace McKelvey

Authorities and homeowners are finding high levels of PFAS, toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems, in drinking water across Pennsylvania.

That includes samples taken around former military sites at Harrisburg International Airport and the U.S. Navy facility in Hampden Township, where the likely source was firefighting foam.…

November 20, 2019

Easton alerts residents about chemicals in water supply

Source:, November 20,2019
By: Donna Whitehead

While sampling related to a replacement of one of its wells, the town discovered the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS in the town’s water supply.

The tests showed levels of PFAS between 0 and 51 parts per trillion in Easton’s finished drinking water. PFAS are not currently regulated by state Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) or the Environmental Protection Agency. In May 2016, the EPA issued a lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion for the combination of two PFAS chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, in drinking water. Read more.

November 20, 2019

49ers Will Pay $24M To Settle Stadium ADA Class Action

Source:, October 10, 2019
By: Steven Cohen

The San Francisco 49ers have reached a $24 million settlement with fans who claim that Levi’s Stadium has thousand of non-compliant access barriers that prevent those with mobility disabilities from enjoying the game.

Plaintiffs Abdul and Priscilla Nevarez have filed a motion for preliminary approval of the NFL settlement in federal court. Read more.

November 20, 2019

49ers, Santa Clara settle suit over disability access for $24 million

Source:, October 9, 2019
By: Bob Egelko

The 49ers and Santa Clara have agreed to pay $24 million and make Levi’s Stadium and its parking lot more accessible to people with disabilities in a proposed settlement with fans in wheelchairs, who said they encountered barriers in buying tickets, parking, reaching their seats and even using the restrooms.

The settlement, now pending before a federal judge in San Jose, would be the largest ever in a class-action lawsuit over physical access to a facility by the disabled, Guy Wallace, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said Wednesday.  Read more.

November 20, 2019

Levi’s Stadium Case Illustrates ‘Associational Discrimination’

Source:, December 2017
By: Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio

The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including all places open to the general public. Levi’s Stadium opened as the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers in 2014, and today ranks as the fourth most expensive venue in the league at a cost of $1.3 billion.

Considered state of the art in many ways at the time of its debut, Levi’s Stadium has since been accused of significant accessibility shortcomings by one individual with disabilities and his wife in Abdul Nevarez v. Forty Niners Football Company LLC, case number 5:16-cv-07013, filed last December in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Read more.

November 19, 2019

Lawmaker promises action following deadly hospital water investigation

Source:, November 18, 2019
By: Nathan Morabito

A state lawmaker is promising action after an NBC Charlotte investigation uncovered patient illnesses and even deaths linked to hospital water across the Carolinas. The bacteria responsible was non-tuberculosis mycobacteria.

“We’ve got a problem. We’ve got to address that,” Rep. Mary Belk (D), NC-District 88 said. “I think it’s something that we definitely have to look at.” Read more.