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

Rohm and Haas Fights Benzene Claims, Says It Can’t Be Held Liable as Premises Defendant

Rohm and Haas has filed a reply brief supporting a motion for summary judgment filed in a benzene case, maintaining that it cannot be held liable for the underlying claims as a premises owner defendant.

New Benzene Complaint Filed in Pennsylvania State Court; Couple Says Exposure Called AML

A new benzene complaint has been filed in Pennsylvania state court in which the plaintiffs alleged that work around benzene-containing gasoline products caused the development of AML.

Ashland Files Reply Brief Backing Motion for Summary Judgment, Challenges Product Identification in Benzene Case

Ashland Inc. has filed a brief supporting its motion for summary judgment in a benzene case, maintaining that the plaintiff is “unable to point to a single occasion that she worked with or around an Ashland product.”

Benzene Defendants File Supplemental Motion Opposing Motion to Remand

Defendants involved in a Pennsylvania benzene case have filed a supplemental memorandum of law in opposition to the plaintiffs’ second motion to remand, maintaining the court “undeniably” has subject matter jurisdiction over the claims.

Massachusetts Federal Court Enters Order Dismissing Benzene Suit in Wake of Settlement

A Massachusetts federal court has entered an order dismissing a benzene case brought by a former auto mechanic in the wake of the plaintiff’s settlement agreement with the lone remaining defendant.

Issue #150, June 2017

Pa. Court Grants CRC Industries’ Motion to Compel in Benzene Case; Requests Further Briefing on Remand Motion

A Pennsylvania federal court has issued an order outlining the parameters for production in a benzene case, granting motions to compel from defendant CRC Industries Inc.

La. Court Allows Chemical Exposure Plaintiffs to Amend Complaint to Provide Citizenship of Defendant

A Louisiana federal court has permitted a chemical exposure plaintiff leave to amend the complaint in order to cure deficiencies regarding the citizenship of some of the parties.

Benzene Parties Exchange Briefing on Court Order Allowing Amendment

Several defendants involved in a benzene lawsuit have filed briefs supporting their motion for review of a magistrate judge’s decision to allow the plaintiffs to amend their complaint, maintaining that the court has already concluded that the plaintiffs had fraudulently joined one of the defendants.

6th Circuit Grants Parties’ Motion to Dismiss Appeal of $1.6 Million C-8 Exposure Suit

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a C-8 water contamination personal injury verdict, granting the parties’ joint motion to dismiss in light of a global settlement agreement.

Remaining Parties in Silica Exposure Suit Reach Settlement Agreement; Court Enters Dismissal Order

A Louisiana federal court has entered a judgment of dismissal in a silica exposure action in the wake of a settlement between the plaintiffs and the last remaining defendant.

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