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Impacts of the 2016 U.S. Election on Environmental Law, Policy, and Enforcement

The 2016 election results will have wide-ranging impacts on the future direction of environmental law, policy, and enforcement in the U.S.  With 100 lawyers in offices around the U.S. focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation, Beveridge & Diamond helps clients navigate legal and business risks arising from this evolving legal landscape. Read More ›

Unprecedented Pesticides Criminal Penalty and Civil Settlement Announced

On September 7, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio sentenced Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG), the world’s largest marketer of residential use pesticides, to pay a $4 million fine for eleven criminal violations of the federal law which governs the manufacture, distribution, and use of pesticides (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act or FIFRA). In a separate consent agreement to resolve related civil pesticide violations with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SMG will also pay more than $6 million in penalties, spend $2 million on environmental projects, and contribute another $500,000 to organizations that protect bird habitat. (To review a copy of the civil consent agreement, click here). The total criminal penalty and civil settlement payment of $12.5 million is the largest payment in the history of FIFRA, according to Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). (To review DOJ’s press release, click here). The criminal indictment and record-breaking fines could signal a new era in the government’s enforcement of the pesticide law. Read More ›