STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

La. Court Excludes Plaintiff Expert Testimony in Benzene Case, Says Cited Studies Don’t Isolate Benzene

NEW ORLEANS –– A Louisiana federal court has excluded the testimony of three plaintiff experts in a benzene case, finding in part that some of the studies cited by an expert focus on solvents or organic solvents as a class instead of the specific studies to which the plaintiff alleged exposure.

In the Feb. 4 opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found that one of the experts relied on a “collection of divergent studies that either do not isolate the relevant substances, do not examine the exposure outcome at issue, or do not exhibit ...

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