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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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JPML Places Petition for PFOA/PFOS Foam MDL on November Hearing Docket

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a petition seeking the creation of a nationwide docket for PFOA and PFOS foam lawsuits on its November hearing session.


Calif. Judge Issues Tentative Order Granting Motion to Toss $250 Punitive Damage Verdict in Roundup Case

A California judge has issued a tentative order granting Monsanto’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict with regard to punitive damages, opining in the tentative ruling that the plaintiff “presented no clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression to support an award of punitive damages” in the Roundup personal injury suit.


Issue #165, September 2018

Consolidated Nationwide Docket Sought for PFOA and PFOS Foam Lawsuits

Tyco Fire Products and Chemguard have moved for transfer and consolidation of all federal lawsuits alleging injury and environmental contamination caused by PFOS- and PFOA-containing foams.


Pa. Court Denies Motion to Reconsider Order Tossing Claims Against 3 Benzene Defendants on Jurisdiction Grounds

A Pennsylvania state court has denied a motion for reconsideration filed by benzene plaintiffs, standing by its original decision that the court did not have jurisdiction over Genuine Parts Co., Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., and Univar USA Inc.


Benzene Defendants Seek Final Order from Court in Wake of Defense Verdict, Denial of Post-Trial Motions

A defendant in Pennsylvania has asked a trial court to enter judgment in favor of Berryman Products Inc. and U.S. Steel Corp., months after a jury reached a defense verdict at the conclusion of a benzene trial.


Monsanto Contests $289 Million Roundup Verdict, Says Evidence is Insufficient to Support Verdict

Monsanto has filed notice of post-trial briefs contesting a $289 million Roundup verdict, saying that the evidence presented by the plaintiff was “insubstantial” and “insufficient.”


Roundup MDL Court Circulates Draft of Proposed Plaintiff Fact Sheet; Parties Weigh in With Changes

The judge overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has circulated a draft of a plaintiff fact sheet, days after both the plaintiffs and Monsanto weighed in with proposed changes and additions to the document.


Roundup MDL Judge Designates 4 Cases for 2019 Trials; Requires Plaintiffs to Complete Fact Sheets

The judge overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has designated four cases for trial in Spring 2019 and has filed an order requiring all plaintiffs in the MDL to complete a fact sheet.


Issue #164, August 2018

Roundup MDL Judge Seeks Information on Fact Sheets, Bellwether Trials for Next Case Management Conference

The judge overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has proposed questions relating to leadership structure, fact sheets, and bellwether trials in the wake of his decision rejecting Daubert challenges to general causation.


American Airlines Employees File Class Action Suit, Says New Uniforms Causing Health Ailments

Employees, including flight attendants and pilots, of American Airlines have filed a class action lawsuit against the airline and the manufacturer of their uniforms, saying that the clothes contain chemicals and are inducing a number of health ailments.


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