Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation
HarrisMartin's Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation Report will track recent developments in litigation stemming from exposure to benzene, as well as a number of other emerging areas of toxic tort litigation, such as talc, silica, pesticides and other chemical exposures.
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U.S. Steel has moved to exclude the testimony of a plaintiff expert in a benzene case, maintaining that the expert’s cumulative exposure calculation was not based on facts or evidence in the case, but rather on assumptions or extrapolations.
The judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has reduced a $75 million punitive damage verdict issued earlier this year, saying the size of the award was constitutionally impermissible.
The United States has petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to reestablish a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims connected to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, saying that the denial of approximately 4,400 administrative tort claims has prompted the filing of several FTCA actions.
A California case in which an auto body mechanic alleged that his cancer was caused by various benzene-containing products he used on the job has settled on the eve of trial, bringing the settlement total to $6.3 million, sources told HarrisMartin.
Issue #174, June 2019
Counsel for plaintiffs the first Roundup personal injury suit to proceed to trial in the national multidistrict litigation docket have indicated their intent to appeal two pretrial orders in which the MDL judge sanctioned trial team members for “acts of misconduct” during opening statements.
Defendant Named in Butter Flavorings Suits Says Complaints Lack Specificity Despite Repeated Amendments
A defendant named in three butter flavorings exposure lawsuits has moved to dismiss the complaints, saying that, despite amending the lawsuits two times, the claims still lack “any specificity.”
A new benzene complaint has been filed in Washington federal court, with the plaintiffs contending that service in the U.S. Armed Forces caused one of the plaintiffs to develop Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasm with JAK2 V617F mutation.
Monsanto Backs Post-Trial Motion Contesting $80 Million Roundup Verdict, Calls Punitive Damages ‘Extraordinary’
Monsanto Co. has backed its post-trial motions contesting an $80 million verdict in what was the first Roundup personal injury case to proceed to trial in the national multidistrict litigation docket, maintaining that the plaintiffs were permitted to present “unsubstantiated and/or undisclosed opinions,” which ultimately infected the jury’s verdict.
The federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for C-8 water contamination claims has scheduled six trials for the first joint trial group to go before a jury in the wake of a global settlement reached more than two years ago.
A new benzene complaint has been filed in Louisiana state court, with the plaintiffs contending that in utero exposure to benzene-containing paint, and other chemical products, caused their son to develop Acute Myeloid Leukemia.