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

U.S. Petitions JPML to Reestablish Camp Lejeune Water Contamination MDL

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.

Benzene Exposure Case Settles on Eve of Trial, Bringing Settlement Total to $6.3 Million

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

Plaintiff Counsel in Roundup MDL Case Appeal Orders Sanctioning Trial Team Members

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.”

New Complaint Says Exposure to Benzene in Jet Fuel Caused Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

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.

C-8 MDL Court Selects 6 Cases for First Joint Trial Group, Says Trial Will Take Place in June 2020

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.

New Benzene Complaint in Louisiana Contends In Utero Exposure Led to Minor’s Development of AML

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.

Del. Court Weighs in on Admissibility of Experts in Roundup Cases, Says Monsanto Not Entitled to Summary Judgment

A Delaware state court has weighed in on the admissibility of experts in Roundup personal injury exposure lawsuits, finding that while the testimony of two plaintiff experts was inadmissible, Monsanto was still not entitled to summary judgment.

Roundup MDL Judge Outlines Plan for Remand of Cases Back to Home Districts

The federal judge overseeing the national coordinated docket for multidistrict litigation claims relating to Roundup has outlined his plan for preparing cases for transfer back to home districts, saying the first wave will consist of cases governed by California and Nebraska law.

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