MD Trial Team Earns Defense Verdict in Mesothelioma Case

On April 4, 2019, after a two-week trial, a Cleveland, OH jury delivered a defense verdict in favor of John Crane, Inc. in a living pleural mesothelioma lawsuit. The jury found that the John Crane asbestos containing products were not a substantial factor in causing Mr. Sivert’s mesothelioma. MD attorneys Stephen Daniels and Sandra Sommers represented John Crane and co-counsel support was provided by Claire Weglarz of Hawkins Parnell Young. Plaintiff was represented by the law firm of Dean, Omar & Branham, LLP. The Honorable Harry Hanna of Cuyahoga County, OH presided.

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MD Recognized by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2019 Edition) recognized McMahon DeGulis LLP as a Band One firm in Natural Resources and Environmental law in Ohio.

Chambers USA distinguishes MD as a “highly regarded boutique with expertise covering the full range of environmental law” and notes that “peers say: ‘They’ve got a good reputation and clients like working with them.”

Partners Michael McMahon, Gregory DeGulis and Louis McMahon were also recognized for their individual representation of clients. David Nash was named a Senior Statesman. To see what the Chambers USA editorial team says about these accomplished attorneys, view the full rankings. Spoiler alert: an interviewee observed that Gregory DeGulis is “a great lawyer and a super guy.”

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Court Dismisses Pipeline Lawsuit

On March 12, 2019, Judge Kristin G. Farmer of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas granted the defense Motion to Dismiss in State of Ohio, ex. rel. v. Rover Pipelines, LLC, et al. (2017cv02216). The Court found that “the State of Ohio failed to act upon its rights specifically given to it pursuant to the Clean Water Act within the Act’s specified period of time.” As a result, Ohio EPA waived any right to oversight of the pipeline, which remains subject to FERC oversight. Gibson Dunn and McMahon DeGulis represented Rover. For more information, contact Michael McMahon.

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Opens New Paths to Affordable CWA Compliance for Local Governments

On January 14, 2019, the President signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279) (“WIIA”) granting municipalities new statutory tools to affordably confront the expensive infrastructure challenges of stormwater, wastewater and other water resource improvement goals using Integrated Planning.

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Environmental Law Network recognized by Chambers Global

The Environmental Law Network (ELN) received a Band 1 ranking in Environment in the Chambers 2019 Global Guide. The Environmental Law Network is the only environmental law network to be globally recognized by Chambers and Partners.

ELN is the first environmental law firm network that makes local environmental legal representation available nationwide. ELN also has foreign affiliates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. Greg DeGulis, Partner at McMahon DeGulis, currently serves as Chair. ELN provides significant benefit to MD clients, especially when the situation calls for an attorney in another jurisdiction with strong local connections.

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