Pickens County Council seeks legal counsel in coal ash controversy

By: Vince Jackson, Independent Mail Originally Published: January 31, 2016 PICKENS COUNTY — The Pickens County Council has retained the services of an environmental lawyer in the ongoing controversy involving the possible dumping of coal ash in the Liberty area. Spartanburg attorney Gary W. Poliakoff has been retained by the county to look at the

Judge hears arguments in Pickens County coal ash landfill dispute

By: Ron Barnett, Greenville Online Originally Published: February 18, 2016 The company that wants to build a landfill for coal ash near Liberty used “deceit, fraud, misrepresentation” and “bare-faced lies” to get state approval to bring in coal ash without Pickens County’s knowledge, an attorney for the county told a circuit judge Thursday. Robert Goings,

Why Did Firm Keep Selling Problem Blood-Clot Filters?

By: Tim Sandler and Stephanie Gosk, NBC News Originally published on December 31, 2015 A company that made a blood-clot filter associated with 27 deaths and hundreds of problems replaced the device with a modified version that it knew had similar and potentially fatal flaws soon after it was put on the market. Confidential company

Heaven, Hell and The U.S. Chamber: 13 Years of Anti-Judicial Propaganda

By Arthur Bryant, Chairman. Source: Public Justice. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform just released the latest version of the propaganda piece it started publishing in 2002. Entitled 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, the report summarizes the answers of a “nationally representative sample of 1,203 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or

GM simply writes a $900 million check: Our view

The $900 million General Motors agreed on Thursday to pay the government for concealing a deadly ignition switch from regulators is a lot of money — nearly one-third of GM’s earnings last year — though hardly an existential threat to the company. Indeed, GM stock was up 11 cents to$31.31 a share on the news. But the


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