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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 #17, July 2006

Plaintiff Appeals Order Vacating $2 Million Non-Hodgkin's Verdict

A Mississippi plaintiff has filed a notice of appeal, saying he will ask the state's highest court to overturn a trial court


Nonsuit Order in Texas Case Renders Motion for Summary Judgment Moot

A Texas plaintiff has nonsuited what was alleged to be a premises owner of the property on which benzene


Oral Argument Set in Review of Personal Injury Damages

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Oct. 18 in an appeal of a jury's decision to award a benzene plaintiff $7.5


Issue #16, June 2006

Benzene Defendants in Texas Action Claim Venue Improper

Benzene defendants named in a Texas lawsuit have filed a reply in support of their motion to transfer, saying the plaintiffs


Plaintiffs Defend Merits of 1st Amended Complaint; Hearing Continued

A hearing on a demurrer and motion to strike portions of a California benzene lawsuit has been continued to June 23


Defendants Point to Prior Decision Stressing Diagnosis as Accrual Date

Benzene defendants have filed a reply in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in support of


Court-Ordered Mediation Fails, Sugar Creek Cases to Proceed to Trial

A court-ordered mediation has failed, paving the way for at least three Missouri cases to go to trial this fall, sources told


Union Pacific Objects to Affidavit Filed in Jurisdiction Dispute

On June 5, Union Pacific objected to an affidavit submitted in a benzene action, saying that the


Benzene Study Confirms Safety of Beverage Products

Health Canada has released results of a study examining the benzene amounts in beverages, concluding that the safety of the


Defendant Claims Prior Release is Applicable in Benzene Case

Union Pacific has pointed to a 2003 release of liability signed by a plaintiff in support of a motion for summary judgment


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