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PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


Poor Paint Storage Draws $90K Fine

A New York paint company will pay $90,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations after a fire investigation revealed over 100 improperly stored, corroded paint drums, federal officials...


USACE Agrees to Reveal Dam Pollution

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start disclosing how much oil pollution its largest dams in Oregon and Washington send into waterways—information it has never been forced to give up.


Ex-Worker Sees Racism in Paint Names

A fired African American employee of Benjamin Moore has accused the paint maker of discrimination in using two brown color names that resemble his own.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

Mexico’s largest coatings producer has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams, blaming the Cleveland paint maker for the implosion of its plan to buy the Latin American supplier, Reuters report...


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over $3.7M Cleanup

Insurance giant AIG is demanding that the federal government and Sherwin-Williams pony up more than $3 million for cleanup reimbursement at a former munitions plant where bombs were painted ...


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


U.S. Dismisses $117M Shipyard Bid Suit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has thrown out a lawsuit by a Virginia shipyard protesting the Navy's rejection of its $117 million ship maintenance bid—the highest, by far, of eight propos...


Lining Maker Loses Bid to Block Inspector

A Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker is barking up the wrong legal tree in its effort to head off a federal health and safety inspection at its facility, a federal judge has found.


OSHA in Standoff with Pipe Lining Maker

Federal health and safety authorities have gone to court to obtain a warrant to carry out their inspection of a Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker that stores a highly flammable resin.


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Oregon DOT Sued over Bridge Deal

A structural fabricator has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, alleging the company got a raw deal in a mitigation agreement meant to compensate it for negative impacts of the pro...


Bridge Deck Defects Spark Legal Storm

A bridge deck in Oregon is coming apart just a year after completion, triggering a coast-to-coast legal showdown over who is to blame.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

A former executive with one of the nation’s largest construction contractors is accused of orchestrating a kickback scheme that drained more than $4.8 million from his company during a proje...


Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has filed suit against Dow Chemical Co., accusing the raw materials maker of misusing confidential information gained from a partnership to apply unilaterally for tw...


ACA Supports New Regulatory Legislation

Coating makers are urging Congress to lighten up on new regulations and hunker down against a regulatory pressure tactic known as “sue and settle.”


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Court Battle Pits Elcometer, TQC-USA

Global coatings instrument maker Elcometer Inc. is locked in federal-court litigation with a former employee and distributor over allegations of unlawful marketing tactics designed to steal ...


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

The many victims of New Orleans’ “tragically flawed” levees cannot prove that the Army Corps of Engineers caused the system’s failure during Hurricane Katrina—but even “if the levee was desi...


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


Nuke Firm to Pay $18.5M in 10-Year Scam

A decade of “systemic” time-card fraud charged to a $2.6 billion nuclear tank cleaning contract will cost global engineering firm CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. $18.5 million in penalties and rest...


Coating Allegedly Ruined $40M Deal

Shipping container manufacturer Sea Box Inc. has filed suit against the Valspar Corp., accusing the coating maker of supplying defective paint for a $40 million container coating project for...


Jury to Decide Dow Price-Fixing Case

Eight years after the suit was filed, Dow Chemical Co. is preparing to defend itself before a federal-court jury over allegations that it participated in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy w...


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


Carboline Named in BP Refinery Suit

BP is suing protective coatings giant Carboline and four other companies, alleging that steel they provided and fireproofed for a multibillion-dollar refinery project is defective and causin...


OSHA Sues Contractor over Fired Worker

Federal regulators are suing an Alabama structural relocation company for allegedly firing an employee who refused to work in a collapsing trench.


Gulf Crimes to Cost BP New US Contracts

Citing a “lack of business integrity,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday (Nov. 28) that it was temporarily suspending BP Exploration and Production Inc. and affil...


BP Hit with Indictments, $4.5B Fine

British oil giant BP will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, in the April 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers...


Judge OKs Release of Kids’ Lead Tests

Hundreds of thousands of children’s medical records will be released to the Sherwin-Williams Co. and other lead pigment paint producers in a long-running lawsuit brought by 10 California cit...


Court Tosses ‘Any Dose’ Asbestos Claim

In a case with major potential implications for chemical exposure claims, Pennsylvania’s high court has dismissed expert testimony asserting that “each and every fiber of inhaled asbestos” c...


After 10 Years, CTS Wins Patent War

Q: If Sam invents a lucrative product while working for Jane at ABC Corp., who has dibs on the invention and its proceeds? Sam, Jane and/or ABC?


Chinese Patriotism Lured TiO2 Spy

Chinese Communist Party officials appealed to a former DuPont employee to “work for the good of the PRC” in divulging secret titanium dioxide technology he had obtained over decades of servi...


Old PPG Waste Site Spurs New Lawsuit

Two environmental groups have opened a new chapter in a long-running battle over a former PPG Industries waste site in Pennsylvania, accusing the paint and coatings giant of illegally discha...


Stopaq Wins Pipe Coating Patent Suit

A Dutch innovator has won a major patent victory against pipeline coating multinational Canusa-CPS in what the winner is calling a “real David and Goliath story.”


Rival ‘Vigorously’ Pressing Graco Suit

While Graco Inc. prepares to parry federal antitrust action aimed at stopping its takeover of ITW Finishing, an industry competitor is “vigorously” pushing its own antitrust lawsuit against ...


Engineers Blamed for Tunnel Collapse

Quebec will launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against three engineering firms that it now blames for the partial collapse of an expressway tunnel last July.


DuPont Fined $725K in Repeat Plant Case

DuPont has agreed to pay a $725,000 fine and upgrade maintenance and hazardous material handling procedures at its century-old chemical plant in New Jersey—the facility’s second such sanctio...


Dumping to Cost Contractor, GDOT $2.8M

The Georgia Department of Transportation and one of its contractors will pay more than $2.8 million in federal penalties and environmental offsets for dumping a million cubic yards of highwa...


Contractors Face 15 Years in Wage Theft

A New Jersey husband-and-wife contracting team has been indicted on charges of swindling employees out of nearly $200,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, then trying to paper over the alleged ...


RPI Plea Likely in 5 Painters’ Deaths

RPI Coating Inc. is expected to plead guilty to several misdemeanors and financially compensate the families of five painters killed in an underground fire at the Xcel Energy Cabin Creek hyd...


Lead Case Targets Disney Attractions

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e is getting s-u-e-d over l-e-a-d.


Forecast Withdraws Axxiom Patent Suit

Blast equipment maker Forecast Sales has dropped its “False Marking” patent lawsuit against competitor Axxiom Manufacturing, saying a recent overhaul in the U.S. Patent Code has rendered the...


Paint Plant to Pay $40K Waste Fine

An Arizona industrial paint producer has agreed to pay a $40,000 state penalty for hazardous waste violations unresolved since 2008.


Wife’s Fatal Cancer Tied To Paint Worker’s Laundry

A family in the UK is searching for colleagues of a veteran paint company inspector whose wife allegedly died of cancer contracted by washing his asbestos-filled clothes over the years.


Sherwin-Williams Upheld in $7M Appeal

Mississippi’s high court has thrown out a $7 million jury verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co. in a case involving allegations of brain damage to a boy who allegedly ate lead paint chips...


Chemical Distributor Settles EPA Suit

A major chemical distributor in Virginia has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws...


Paint Waste Halts $4.2M Bridge Project

A dispute over spilled lead paint chips, containment issues and other problems has stopped a $4.2 million bridge project cold in Oregon, where commuters have spent much of the summer endurin...


Transit Venture to Pay $4.6M in Fraud

A group of transit contractors and subcontractors will pay a $4.6 million fine for allegedly misrepresenting minority participation on a federally funded light-rail project in Minneapolis.


Companies Settle Coatings Patent Suit

Seattle-based Modumetal Inc. has reached an agreement with Toronto-based Integran Technologies Inc. to end litigation in a patent dispute.


$9M Suit Targets Contractor, Coating

Improper coatings application and other problems are at the heart of a $9 million dispute over a ruptured water pipeline in Naples, FL.


Public Entity Must Pay Sub, Court Says

Government entities cannot duck a subcontractor’s payment claim by pleading either lack of funds or sovereign immunity, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled.


PPG Accepts $600M Cleanup Settlement

Twice defeated in getting the case thrown out, PPG Industries has agreed to remove an estimated 700,000 tons of chromium waste from its former chrome production facility in a densely populat...


Stopaq Wins Round 1 of Coating Suit

Is Wrapid Bond a rip-off of Wrappingband? Dutch protective coatings maker Stopaq BV says yes, and it has won the first round of its court battle to prove so.


Ex-DuPont Chemist Sued Over Trade Secrets

DuPont Powder Coatings has filed suit to stop a longtime senior research chemist from sharing pipe coating trade secrets with competitors—including a South Korean firm he joined after abrupt...


Judge Seals Massive Paint Settlement

What may be the world’s priciest botched paint job could cost hundreds of millions of dollars to repair—but the tab will not be disclosed, a Canadian judge has ruled.


Suit Takes Aim at Low Bidder’s Deadly Record

Should a low bidder’s blemished safety record weigh against its being awarded new contracts? Yes, says a Connecticut contractor that is suing to gain a contract lost to a competitor involved...


Suit Accuses Dow, Sasol of Unlawful Activity

Greenpeace Inc. has filed a federal-court lawsuit against coatings chemical makers Dow Chemical Co. and Sasol North America Inc., accusing the companies and their public-relations firms of s...


Reservoir Crack Repair and Lawsuit Advance in Tampa Bay

A permanent repair for Tampa Bay’s cracked regional reservoir— and a multimillion-dollar legal settlement over the problem—are both moving forward, after recent decisions by the town’s water...


Graco Settles Lawsuit against TTI

Graco Inc. has reached a successful settlement in its patent and trademark infringement suit brought against Hong Kong-based Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (“TTI”) and TTI’s U.S.-based affil...


URS to Pay $52.4M in 2007 MN Bridge Collapse

Multinational engineering giant URS Corp. has agreed to pay $52.4 million to resolve the last major lawsuit over the August 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, which killed 13 ...


Axxiom Lawsuit Targets Competitor Forecast Sales

Axxiom Manufacturing Inc., a major manufacturer of abrasive blast equipment, has filed suit against afttermarket abrasive-blast equipment company Forecast Sales, alleging “deceptive business...


 
 
   

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