Michael R. Brown

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The United States and Denmark are at war. Not against each other, but against a common enemy — Salmonella on poultry products. Recently, there has been attention in the media about Denmark’s attempts to eradicate Salmonella from its poultry supply. Like Denmark, the U.S. poultry industry and the federal government recognize that Salmonella is a very serious issue and we use the best science, data and technologies available to protect public health. Like Denmark, the U.S. poultry industry and federal…
United States District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf recently denied the “medical monitoring” claims of a putative class alleging beryllium exposure. This is the first decision addressing medical monitoring claims in Massachusetts since the landmark Donovan ruling in 2009, and strengthens the restrictions on such claims. Medical monitoring claims, a relatively modern addition to tort law, seek monetary damages for medical testing required after toxic exposure. States increasingly allow medical monitoring claims to proceed. However,…
The Massachusetts Payment of Wages Statute (the “Wage Act”) has lately received a great deal of attention from Massachusetts trial and appellate courts.  Although the statute has been in place since 1993, Massachusetts employers have recently faced a marked increase in Wage Act claims, likely due to the availability of treble damages and attorneys fees.  Just in the past year, Massachusetts court rulings have reflected this renewed interest in the Wage Act, as they attempt to define the law and…
  Recently, the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on an important new bill aimed at furthering transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts.  Proponents of the controversial new bill, entitled H.R. 4369, the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) Act of 2012,” say that it would shed some much-needed light on the secretive claims processes of the bankruptcy trusts. Asbestos-related liabilities have plagued…