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May 2017 Archives

The EPA Steps Up Enforcement Of Civil Violations From Lead-Based Paint Renovation

In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ramped up its efforts to fine and enforce civil violations against sub-contractors and demolition businesses which remodel or renovate homes constructed prior to 1978. Specifically, the EPA cites renovators for failing to obtain firm certification and failing to comply with work practice standards under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), 40 C.F.R. Part 745, Subpart E.

3 key points to remember when writing a contract

Before you decide to work with another company, you need to sign a contract. A contract dictates what you expect from the other company and what it expects of you. For example, if you are paying $2,000 cash biweekly for deliveries on a specific date, that should be listed clearly in the contract along with information on what happens if the delivery or payment is not made on time.

Consult experienced legal counsel to address changes in capital structure from mergers, acquisitions

Previously, we noted that it is important to work with experienced legal counsel to properly prepare for and navigate merger and acquisition transactions. These transactions affect acquiring companies and target companies differently. For acquiring companies, it important to consider how a proposed transaction would affect its capital structure.

Work with experienced attorney to effective address legal issues with mergers, acquisitions

California consumer advocacy groups have expressed opposition to a proposed merger CenturyLink Inc. and Level 3 Communications Inc., a deal for which CenturyLink has offered $34 billion. Recent reports have said that the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of September.

More businesses voluntarily beginning to track greenhouse gas emissions

Last time, we looked briefly at a legislative proposal that would entail a new scheme for the regulation of carbon emissions in California. As we noted, the state of California is particularly strict when it comes to environmental regulations, and environmental compliance is an important aspect of doing business.

Lawmakers propose new scheme to regulate carbon emissions in California

Carbon emissions regulation is an important issue for businesses, not only because of the fact that businesses are regulated at both the state and federal level in this area, but because there are costs associated with noncompliance.

What is a manufacturer’s duty to warn consumers? P.2

In our previous post, we began looking at some of the basic principles of manufacturers’ duty to warn consumers of risks associated with their products. As we noted, warnings must be provided for risks which are known or which reasonably could have been discovered by the manufacturer.

What is a manufacturer’s duty to warn consumers?

Last time, we mentioned that one potential basis for product liability litigation in California is failure to warn consumers of the dangers of a product. There are a handful of elements that must be proven to make such a claim. First of all, a failure to warning claim can be aimed at either manufacturers or suppliers of the product.

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