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.



Issue #12, February 2006

Plaintiff Says Defendants Misstate Pleading Requirements in Seeking Dismissal

Plaintiffs alleging injury from workplace exposure to benzene said in opposition to a defense demurrer that they have met the liberal pleading

Jury Finds for Department of Transportation in Diesel Exhaust Fume Case

A West Virginia jury has returned a defense verdict, finding that while a government entity failed to protect a worker from diesel exhaust fumes

Issue #11, January 2006

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene January 2006

Liquid Wrench Regulated by Federal Law, Radiator Specialty Claims

Radiator Specialty has opposed a motion to remand, contending that its benzene-containing product was regulated

Benzene Plaintiffs Contend 'Well-Pleaded Complaint Rule' Applies, Moves to Remand

A Texas couple has moved to remand their benzene lawsuit, contending that until their complaint is well-pled, their claims should remain

Scheduling Order Entered in Press Operator's Benzene Lawsuit

A recent scheduling order has rejected preliminary efforts by defendants to limit discovery in a benzene lawsuit to product identification

Plaintiffs Contend Defendants Omitted Information Regarding Benzene Dangers

A benzene defendant has removed the claims of a plaintiff who says his work as an auto mechanic exposed him to benzene and subsequently caused

Plaintiffs Claim Defendants Misinterpreted Preemption Arguments

Plaintiffs in a benzene lawsuit have reasserted their arguments for remand, stating that Radiator Specialty has misinterpreted their arguments against

W. Va. Court Upholds Summary Judgment on Limitations Issue

A West Virginia Appellate Court has affirmed an award of summary judgment to several defendants, finding that the benzene plaintiff

Summary Judgment Motion Calls Benzene Complaint 'Shot in the Dark'

A benzene defendant has filed a summary judgment motion seeking dismissal of the claims asserted against the company

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