One wordSeyfarth Partner James L. Curtis was one of sixteen “top legal experts” interviewed to provide a “list of critical information you should be aware of in the event you receive an OSHA citation.” See16 Legal Tips: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way”  (Intelivert, 2016).

The article notes that the experts weighed in with “simple, actionable tips that
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By Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently announced the filing of a consent decree to settle a Clean Water Act (CWA) fill and dredge case for the Army Corps of Engineers (COE). The complaint and consent decree were filed in USA v. Trinski and Hohan, No. 07-C-3600 (N.D. Ill). The notice of lodging was

Continue Reading Clean Water Act Settlement Requires Defendants to Pay Fine, Forfeit Property, and Perform Free Excavating Services

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and The Ryland Group Inc. (Ryland Homes), have filed a proposed consent decree to resolve Clean Water Act violations. The complaint, filed simultaneously with the proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., alleged violations that were discovered through site inspections and

Continue Reading Homebuilder to Pay $625,000 Penalty for Construction Site Stormwater Violations

By James Curtis

OSHA Hitting Employers With Significant “Repeat” Penalties

On July 13, 2011, OSHA issued $104,000 in serious and repeat citations to a national retail chain for workplace hazards relating to ladder use, storage shelving, emergency exit routes and electrical panels, many routine safety issues encountered in the hospitality industry. Significantly, $99,000 of the penalties were for violations classified

Continue Reading OSHA Spotlight: OSHA Hitting Hard on “Repeat” Penalties at National Chains, and Ergonomics (Housekeepers, etc.) Are Back in Play