Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. DOL and U.S. EPA have published their 2022 increases to civil penalties.
By Philip L. Comella and Craig B. Simonsen
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered an orthotic shoe insert manufacturer to pay over $210,000 in civil penalties for making “unsubstantiated antimicrobial claims” about their orthotic shoe inserts – resulting in the sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide, a violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
EPA has amended its Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule. 78 Fed. Reg. 66643 (Nov. 6, 2013).
Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), the EPA is required to amend its regulations for adjusting for inflation the statutory…
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By Philip L. Comella and William R. Schubert
California is the most recent state to pass a new, comprehensive statute with which to regulate the hydraulic fracturing industry.
The California statute is making headlines, and for a good reason: California contains an estimated two thirds of the nation’s shale-rock oil deposits. Further, since many details underlying the law remain unsettled,…
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