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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 #11, January 2006

Plumber's Benzene Lawsuit Transferred to Another Federal Court

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has transferred a lawsuit across the state, ruling that the decedent


Complaint Says Defendants Altered and Terminated Benzene Studies

A new complaint asserts that certain defendants deleted information from studies and reports in an effort to conceal the dangers of exposure to benzene


New Complaint Says Benzol Caused Myelodysplastic Syndrome

A New York couple has filed a lawsuit in federal court, contending that the benzene-containing product Benzol has caused myelodysplastic syndrome


Court Calls Complaint 'Transparent,' Denies Motion to Remand

A federal court has retained jurisdiction over a Mississippi couple's benzene claims, finding that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) is applicable


Missouri Court Denies <i>Writ</i> on Statute of Limitations Issues

A Missouri appellate court has denied a defense <i>writ</i> seeking review of a trial court's decision to deny a summary judgment motion based on


Issue #10, December 2005

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene December 2005


Radiator Specialty: Case is Preempted by FHSA Regulations

Radiator Specialty Co. removed a Texas couple's benzene-related injury lawsuit, saying their claim was subject to federal matter jurisdiction


Radiator Specialty Settlement Prompts Remand

A federal court judge has indicated her intent to remand a benzene complaint because the lone removing party has reached a settlement with the plaintiffs


Parties Dispute Particularity of Facts

Plaintiffs in a benzene lawsuit have opposed a motion to dismiss, stating that their complaint sufficiently names specific chemicals, products


Plaintiffs Move to Remand, Argue FHSA Doesn't Preempt State Law Claims

Benzene plaintiffs have moved to remand their claims, arguing that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not preempt claims


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