STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

Plaintiffs Contend Defendants Omitted Information Regarding Benzene Dangers

PITTSBURGH -- A benzene defendant has removed the claims of a plaintiff who says his work as an auto mechanic exposed him to benzene and subsequently caused his acute myelogenous leukemia. Cardello, et al. v. CRC Industries, et al., No. 05-029307 (W.D. Pa.).

Radiator Specialty removed the claims on Dec. 27 to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, contending that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act preempts the claims.

Michael and Tracy Cardello contend that Michael's vehicle mechanical and maintenance services at auto repair shops exposed him to benzene-containing products, including solvents, paints, gasoline, degreasers and rust ...

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