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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 #15, May 2006

Pa. Federal Court Transfers Benzene Action to Tennessee

A Pennsylvania federal court has transferred a benzene action to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee


Texas High Court to Review Personal Injury Damages Under Takings Clause

The Texas Supreme Court on May 5 granted a petition to review a jury's decision to award a benzene plaintiff $7.5 million in personal injury damages


Issue #14, April 2006

Court Orders Defendants to Specify Product Identification Discrepancies

A California court has denied a benzene defendant's request for an order requiring the plaintiffs to comply with the final products list


New Benzene Class Actions Target Soft-Drink Companies

Two class action complaints have been filed against soft-drink companies in the wake of a three-year old FDA report indicating that some diet sodas


Benzene Plaintiffs Reach Settlements with All Defendants, Case Dismissed

A benzene lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on March 13, after a court order showed that all the parties in the action had reached settlements


Safety-Kleen Files Offer of Proof Regarding Federal Jurisdiction

Safety-Kleen Systems has filed an offer of proof regarding federal jurisdiction in a benzene case, saying that all of the non-diverse parties


Benzene Parties Dispute Need for Joint Discovery

Plaintiffs in a benzene action have filed a brief in support of their motion for joint discovery, calling the position taken by Fleetwood Enterprises


WD-40 Files Case Management Statement in Benzene Lawsuit

WD-40 has filed a case management statement saying that it plans to file summary judgment motions in a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs


Lone Remaining Defendant in Benzene Action Settles Claims for $90,000

The last defendant remaining in a benzene action has settled with the plaintiffs, according to recently filed court documents


Plaintiffs Ask Court to Reconsider Motion to Remand

Plaintiffs disputing jurisdiction in a Mississippi benzene action filed a motion on April 3 asking the court to reconsider their efforts to remand the claims


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