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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.


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Issue #16, June 2006

Court: FHSA Doesn't Qualify as Complete Preemption Exception

A Federal Court has remanded a benzene action, stressing that federal preemption is ''nothing more than a defense to a state law claim,'' and does not


Miss. Court Dismisses 3 Lawsuits for Failure to Plead Sufficient Facts

A Mississippi Circuit Court has dismissed three benzene actions without prejudice, finding that the complaints did not


Plaintiffs File<i> In Limine </i>Motions, Seek Preclusion of Compliance Testimony

Plaintiffs in a California benzene case have filed several<i> in limine</i> motions, contesting the relevancy


Miss. Couple Names Experts But Objects to Filing Mandate

Mississippi benzene plaintiffs have complied with an order requiring them to name potential expert witnesses, but


New Del. Complaint Says Benzene Exposure Occurred at Chemical Plant

A Maryland resident is the latest to file a benzene action in Delaware, contending that his wife developed acute


Judge Overseeing Del. Benzene Litigation Sets Aggressive Trial Schedule

The judge overseeing Delaware's coordinated benzene docket has asked the parties involved in the litigation


Nearly 30 Benzene Defendants Dismissed from Miss. Action

The Mississippi Circuit Court for Washington County has entered an order dismissing nearly 30 benzene


Judge Throws Out $2 Million Non-Hodgkin's Verdict

A judge that oversaw a $2 million verdict in a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma case has granted a defense motion


Issue #15, May 2006

Research Watch - Litigation Watch: Benzene - May 2006

Hospital nursing workers are exposed to occupational chemical risks.


Mechanism Or Causation? The New Battle Over Benzene Metabolites

As part of the ongoing litigation battles between the plaintiffs' bar and the defense bar in cases involving benzene or products


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