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 #15, May 2006

<i>Amici</i> Brief Filed in Alabama Statute of Limitations Dispute

The Alabama Trial Lawyers Association has filed an amicus curiae brief in a dispute over the constitutionality of Alabama's

Court Rejects Federal Defense, Finds Adequacy of Warnings in Question

A federal court has rejected summary judgment motions by Shell Oil Co., in a benzene case, finding that there was a question

Mo. Judge Orders Mediation; 3 Trials Scheduled Before Fall of 2007

A Missouri judge overseeing more than 30 benzene cases has ordered the parties to mediate the claims

Plaintiffs Re-File Lawsuit Linking Benzene Exposure to Aplastic Anemia

A Tennessee couple has re-filed their benzene lawsuit almost one year after they voluntarily dismissed the claims

Decision on Post-Trial Motions in Non-Hodgkin's Verdict Filed Under Seal

The judge that oversaw a $2 million verdict in a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma case has reached a decision on the post-trial motions, but

Benzene Parties File Case Statements, Indicate Medical Damages Sought

In a May 3 statement of compliance, California benzene plaintiffs reported that while defendants in the case would like to retain

Defendants Cite Statute of Limitations in Motion for Summary Judgment

Benzene defendants U.S. Steel Corp. and Aristech Chemical Corp. have filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi for

Defendants Ask for Interlocutory Appeal in Benzene Jurisdiction Dispute

The manufacturer of the benzene-containing product Liquid Wrench has asked a federal court to certify a jurisdictional issue for interlocutory

Petition for Minor's Compromise Filed in Ink Product Benzene Case

A benzene plaintiff has petitioned the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County to approve a settlement so that it would be applicable

Hearing Set on Motion to Dismiss 'Vague and Ambiguous' Complaint

A May 16 hearing has been set in the Mississippi Circuit Court for Clarke County to address a motion to dismiss a benzene action

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