We’ve previously written about environmental regulations passed by the EPA in connection with coal ash ponds. Those regulations, as we’ve noted, require companies to routinely test these ponds for toxin levels and to decommission those which build up an excess of toxins. One of the realities with coal ash is that it is a waste product that needs to be dealt with in order to avoid contamination of ecosystems and human populations.
Last time, we began speaking about two House bills currently under consideration—the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and the Further Asbestos Claims Transparency Act. As we noted, the aim of these bills is to prevent overbroad classification, but there is the concern that these bills, if passed into law, will make it harder for victims of corporate wrongdoing to receive compensation.
Class action litigation is an important way for consumers to receive compensation when they would not otherwise be able to pursue litigation due to the costs and likely small payoff for them as an individual The idea with class action litigation is that similarly situated parties have the opportunity to receive compensation through the court system which they would likely not otherwise have the resources to pursue against powerful corporations.
In our last post, we began looking at a proposal to build a convenience store in the Howell Station neighborhood and the objections local residents had raised about the proposal. As we noted, the concern was that the business proposing the project would disturb the Atlanta Beltline vision.