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Mother, son arrested for robbery, battery of elderly woman

Mother, son arrested for robbery, battery of elderly womanFirst Coast NewsThree people, including a mother and son, were arrested and charged Thursday in the robbery and assault of an elderly woman at the Lake City Mall. The Lake City Police Department…

Al Jazeera America Files Nasty Counter-Claim Against Al Gore

     (CN) – A month after former Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera over claims the satellite news provider is trying to renege on $65 million payments related to its $500 million purchase of Current TV in 2003, Al Jazeera …

EPA Doesn’t Need to Change Pesticide Labels

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency need not face claims that it must require the labeling of potentially hazardous inert ingredients on pesticides, a federal judge ruled.     Carolyn Cox with the Center for Environmental Health said that they are disappointed by the ruling.     “The agency had really been looking at good changes for progress on the issue and has now just backed off,” she told Courthouse News in a telephone interview.     The EPA requires pesticide manufacturers to list active ingredients on the label, but does not mandate the disclosure of inert ingredients.     In 2006, The Center for Environmental Health and Californians for Pesticide Reform petitioned the EPA to require the labeling of 374 inert chemicals on pesticide bottles that “have been determined to be hazardous under other environmental laws and regulated as such by the EPA,” according to their original complaint.     When the EPA had not responded three years later, the groups sued in June 2009 for unreasonably delaying their petition in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.     Three months later, the EPA issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking declaring its intent to address the issue of disclosing inert ingredients, including nonhazardous chemicals, but stated that it was “not committing, and indeed legally cannot commit, to any particular outcome for rulemaking,” the ruling states.     In light of this notice, the EPA moved to dismiss in February 2010 on the grounds that it had responded to the groups’ petitions and the issue at hand was now moot. The groups in turn filed a voluntary dismissal in March, and the case was dismissed.     But when the EPA took no further action on the matter for four years, the groups again filed suit for unreasonable delay in issuing a decision on their petition.     Approximately two months later, the EPA issued a response stating that it was exploring different approaches to the issue and would not pursue rulemaking mandating the disclosure of inert ingredients as the groups had requested.     It again moved for mootness and dismissal, arguing that the court can grant the environmentalist no relief.     The groups countered by arguing that, because the EPA took eight years to fully respond to and deny their petition, the question of whether that stretch of time amounts to unreasonable delay keeps the case current.     U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick agreed with the EPA and dismissed the case.     The EPA committed to nothing beyond issuing the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, effectively concluding all action on the plaintiffs’ petitions, the 6-page ruling states.     “That the EPA has indicated that it is considering (but not committing to) action which arguably parallels part of what the plaintiffs requested in their original petition does not mean that the EPA has retroactively granted the portion of the plaintiffs’ petition that the EPA denied in 2009,” Orrick wrote. “Plaintiffs are understandably frustrated that they may be no closer to fulfilling their goal eight years after petitioning the EPA to require that pesticide product labels list hazardous inert ingredients. But the EPA has unambiguously ‘concluded’ the ‘matters’ presented to it in plaintiffs’ petitions, as required under the Administrative Procedures act, 5 U.S.C. §553(e), and I can offer the plaintiffs no relief. This matter is moot, a deficiency which cannot be cured by amendment.” (Parentheses in original.)     Cox said the groups “have not had time to strategize about the next best approach,” but said they “definitely have some next steps,” including filing another petition.     “Because pesticides are something we are all exposed to every day, there are a lot of compelling reasons to know the ingredients,” she said.     She pointed out that if someone is poisoned by a particular pesticide, the doctor treating them cannot know what to specifically treat them for without knowing all the ingredients in that pesticide.     “This has been an important, controversial issue for decades, and we will keep working with [the EPA] until we can make some progress on it,” Cox said. “We are definitely not going away.”     A spokesperson with the EPA told Courthouse News that the agency “is considering reviewing the inert ingredients in the petition currently listed for use in pesticides to determine which ones are still used in pesticides, revising the list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products in light of that analysis, establishing criteria for prioritization, and selecting top candidate inert ingredients for further analysis and potential action to address those risks.”

Ambush Suspect Could Be Aided by Dense Woods

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Judge Dismisses Berkeley Occupy Civil Rights Case

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A federal judge upheld the dismissal of false arrest claims related to a 2011 Occupy protest at the University of California, Berkeley but left the door open for the plaintiffs to amend the claims.&n…

Willkie Farr Ducks Suit Over Investor’s Loss

     (CN) – A real estate mogul whose hotel chain went bankrupt cannot pin his loss on his lawyers, a New York appeals court ruled.     David Lichtenstein retained the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallag…