Emerging Torts

Aqueous Film Forming Foam – AFFF

A Case Study by Stag Liuzza law firm HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF FIREFIGHTING FOAMS  The first firefighting foam was developed in 1902 by Russian engineer and chemist Aleksandr Loran Loran was working in the oil and gas industry trying to find a substance to combat petroleum-based fires for which water is wholly ineffective Loran’s solution was the first firefighting foam which was able to extinguish oil and other flammable liquids-based fires by blanketing and smothering them Through the years, multiple advancements were made in the firefighting foam sector Beginning in the 1960’s, the Naval...

COVID-19 AND INSURANCE CLAIMS “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW”

(May 29, 2020) Governments and health authorities across the United States are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 through the use of stay-at-home orders and other federal, state, and local orders in an attempt to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 As a result of these measures to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have fallen on tough times and are looking to their commercial property insurance in an attempt to cover the losses they’ve experienced since the enactment of these protective measures through their policy’s business interruption insurance This article will explain what business...

ELMIRON LITIGATION: EMERGING TORTS

By Rachel Shkolnik, Hunter J Shkolnik Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC (May 27, 2020) The nationwide Elmiron eye damage litigation has picked up headlines over the past several months Elmiron, the brand name for pentosan polysulfate sodium, is a semi-synthetically produced heparin-like macromolecular carbohydrate derivative[1]  The lawsuit is centralized around the basis that the drug causes an eye disorder called maculopathy and other disorders of the retina that may lead to blindness  The lawsuits underlying claim is based on failing to properly warn the public about the risk of vision...