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Issue 59 | April 2013
New Reporting Requirements under the Federal Hazard Communication Standard for all Chemical Containing Products

Long gone are the days when manufacturers and distributors of chemical products could more readily comply with their obligations under the Federal Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) based on a simple reporting rule of 1% or 0.1% for carcinogens. The new standards will also likely lead to new arguments to be raised by Plaintiff attorneys in toxic tort failure to warn claims

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By: John H. Shaffery
Brand-Name Drug Makers Liable for Inadequate Warnings on Drugs Manufactured by Generic Competitors

An unprecedented decision made by the State of Alabama's highest court in January 2013 held that a brand-name drug maker could be liable for injuries resulting from a consumer's use of a generic version of its drug manufactured by another company.

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By: Jaion Chung
House Committee Holds Hearing on Legislation Requiring Public Disclosure of Claims Filed With Asbestos Trusts

On March 13, 2013, The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, held a hearing on the prospects of H.R. 982. H.R. 982, The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013, would amend title 11 of the United States Code to require the public disclosure by trusts established under section 524(g) of such title, of quarterly reports that contain detailed information regarding the receipt and disposition of claims for injuries based on exposure to asbestos.

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By: Paul A. Johnson