By: James W. Kraus
As industrial waste-water becomes a more significant issue, particularly in those states where hydraulic fracturing for natural gas recovery is prevalant, it is important to understand the potential criminal sanctions for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). DOJ’s willingness to proceed with criminal charges in such matters was recently demonstrated with the indictment of Tennie White, owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
According to the indictment, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on November 9, 2012, White had been hired to perform laboratory testing of a manufacturer’s industrial process waste water samples. Upon completion of the testing, White was to use those results to complete monthly Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) for submission to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). According to the government, White created three DMRs that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when, in fact, such testing had not been done. The indictment further alleges that White made false statements to a federal agent during a subsequent criminal investigation.
Pietragallo partners John Schwab and Jim Kraus will be discussing topics related to federal criminal practice in a four-hour symposium hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association on Friday, April 24th, 2020. Do you have your first criminal case in Federal Court or do you practice criminal defense and need a refresher on the specifics… Read more »Read More
PITTSBURGH and PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 10, 2019) – Twenty Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP attorneys were named to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list, including founding partner William Pietragallo, II. These designations are awarded to lawyers who received the highest point totals in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers2019 nomination, research, and review process, an honor reserved… Read more »Read More
On Tuesday, July 14th, Pietragallo Partner Pamela Coyle Brecht will host a panel presentation to all members of the Qui Tam section of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). The panel will include compliance counsel, defense counsel, and relator’s counsel who will discuss several areas related to the False Claims Act under the program title, “How… Read more »Read More
Pietragallo Partner Douglas K. Rosenblum will be presenting at PBI’s upcoming program, “Intellectual Property Law Institute 2020” on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020. Mr. Rosenblum’s segment is titled, “Trials and Tribulations of Virtual Hearings, Depositions, etc. in the Age of Covid-19.” This year marks the 14th anniversary of the ‘IP Institute’ and the program will be… Read more »Read More