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

C-8 Water Contamination Trial Enters Day 17; Plaintiffs Rest as DuPont Begins Defense

Parties involved in a consolidated C-8 water contamination trial have completed more than two weeks of trial, with the plaintiffs resting on the sixteenth day of trial before an Ohio federal jury, according to recent court documents.

State of California Responds to Request for Briefing on Preemption in Appeal of $289 Million Roundup Verdict

The State of California has responded to a California appellate court’s request for briefing on the issue of preemption in the appeal of a $289 million Roundup verdict, explaining that “FIFRA does not expressly displace claims under Proposition 65 of similar state common law claims because those state laws do not impose any requirement in addition to or distinct from the requirements imposed by FIFRA itself.”

Plaintiff Asserts Claims in Texas Federal Court, Says Exposure to Chemicals at Frito-Lay Caused Lung Cancer

A new chemical exposure lawsuit has been filed in Texas federal court, with the plaintiff contending that exposure to chemicals at a Frito-Lay North America Inc. facility caused the decedent to develop lung cancer.

Neb. Dismisses Asbestos, Chemical Exposure Suit, Says Claims are Time-Barred

A Nebraska federal court has dismissed a chemical and asbestos exposure suit, finding that the decedent knew he had been exposed to hazardous materials at work at the time he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

6th Circuit Denies Petition Seeking Review of C-8 MDL Court’s Order on Collateral Estoppel

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company’s petition for writ of mandamus of an MDL Court order awarding C-8 plaintiffs summary judgment on the application of collateral estoppel to certain issues, finding that mandamus remedy is not a substitute for appeal and that “DuPont will have a right to appeal after trial and can raise these legal arguments in that appeal.”

Parties in Ongoing C-8 Water Contamination Trial Exchange Briefing on Admissibility of 2002 Leach Order

Parties in an ongoing C-8 water contamination trial have exchanged briefing on whether a 2002 order entered in the Leach proceedings is relevant to the current cases, with DuPont contending that it will confuse and mislead the jury and the plaintiffs maintaining that withholding the contents of the order from the jury will result in an “incomplete narrative.”

Monsanto Files Opening Brief in Appeal of $2 Billion Roundup Verdict

Monsanto has filed its opening brief in the appeal of a $2 billion verdict that was later reduced to $86.7 million, maintaining that not only were the plaintiffs’ claims preempted by federal law, but also that there was insufficient evidence to support “any liability theory or causation.”

Roundup MDL Judge Pushes Back Deadlines, Next Trial Date ‘At Request of Settlement Master’

The Roundup personal injury products liability multidistrict litigation has extended all deadlines in the MDL at the “request of the settlement master,” according to a recent pretrial order.

JPML Rejects Transfer of PFOA/PFOS Water Contamination Suit to AFFF MDL Docket

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has declined to transfer a water contamination lawsuit to the Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Product Liability Litigation MDL docket, explaining that the lawsuit does not make any allegations or claims relating to AFFF use.

Calif. Appellate Court Seeks Supplemental Briefing on Preemption in Appeal of $289 Million Roundup Verdict

The California appellate court overseeing the appeal of a $289 million Roundup personal injury verdict has requested supplemental briefing from the parties on the issue of preemption, noting Monsanto’s position that precedent may have changed since jurors reached their verdict two years ago.

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