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.



Current Issue

Benzene Defendants Oppose Plaintiffs’ Second Motion to Remand, Say Efforts Are ‘Disguised Attempt’ for Reconsideration of Prior Order

Benzene defendants Sunoco Inc. and CRC Industries Inc. have opposed a motion to remand, saying the plaintiffs’ second attempt to have the case proceed in state court should be rejected since the court has already weighed in on the matter.

Benzene Plaintiff Reaches Settlement with Lone Remaining Defendant, Berryman Products

A benzene plaintiff has reached a settlement agreement with the lone remaining defendant in the case, according to status reports filed by both parties in Massachusetts federal court.

Roundup MDL Judge Grants Motion to Compel Production of Tissue Slides; Won’t Permit Further Testimony from Rowland

The MDL Court overseeing the national coordinated docket for Roundup personal injury claims has compelled Monsanto to produce or permit inspection of kidney tissue slides from mice, which the plaintiffs said were “immensely” important to the issue of general causation.

Parties Remaining in Ongoing Benzene Trial Reach Settlement Agreement at Close of Evidence

Parties remaining in a benzene case brought by a maintenance mechanic have reached a settlement agreement in the middle of trial, according to the court’s online docket.

Ky. Court Tosses Chemical Exposure Claims Against Gates Rubber as Time-Barred

A Kentucky federal court has awarded summary judgment to Gates Rubber Co. in a chemical exposure case, concluding that the claims were filed more than two years after the statute of limitations had expired.

Issue #148, April 2017

Parties in Benzene Case Exchange Briefing on In Limine Motions Prior to Upcoming Trial

Parties involved in an upcoming benzene trial have exchanged briefing on a number of in limine motions, including one seeking to preclude testimony referring to specific products with the plaintiffs maintaining that reference to the defendant’s product is “highly relevant.”

Roundup Plaintiffs Move to Compel Monsanto to Produce Kidney Tissue Slides of Mice from Former Study on Glyphosate

Plaintiffs involved in the federal Roundup personal injury claim coordinated docket have asked the court to issue an order compelling Monsanto to produce or permit inspection of kidney tissue slides from mice, saying that the importance of the slides is “immense to the question of general causation.”

Roundup MDL Judge Orders Former EPA Employee to Answer Questions Regarding Post-Employment Work

The federal court overseeing the national coordinated docket for personal injury claims allegedly related to the use of Monsanto’s Roundup product has ordered a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee to order questions about the identities of companies for which he has done consulting work since leaving the EPA.

C-8 MDL Judge Appoints Claims Administrator and Special Master in Wake of Global Settlement

The federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation docket relating to C-8 water contamination personal injury claims has appointed a claims administrator and special master to oversee the master settlement agreement, expected to total more than $920 million.

Louisiana Court Allows Benzene Plaintiffs to Amend Complaint Over Defense Objections

A Louisiana federal court has allowed benzene plaintiffs to amend their complaint over defense objections, ruling that “a finding of liability is better and more reliably made if all alleged wrongdoers are in the same case and able to defend themselves directly.”

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