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 #6, August 2005

Abstracts from the Literature - Benzene August 2005

Radiator Specialty Files Motion to Transfer Benzene Proceedings

Radiator Specialty has filed its own motion to transfer a benzene lawsuit, echoing arguments asserted in an earlier motion by co-defendant Southern Champion Tray

Discovery Deadline Entered in Recently Filed Aromatic Hydrocarbon Lawsuit

According to a scheduling order entered July 12, discovery requests and responses in the aromatic hydrocarbon lawsuit will be completed by September 14

Plaintiffs Support Claim for Punitive Damages in Benzene Case

Plaintiffs who have asserted a claim for punitive damages in their benzene lawsuit have filed an opposition to a defense motion to strike that claim, arguing that the defendant has ignored the 'ultimate facts' of the lawsuit

Chemical Co. Supports Demurrer, Claims Plaintiffs Fail to Prove Causal Link

On July 26, a chemical company named as a defendant in a benzene lawsuit supported its demurrer, contending that despite numerous opportunities, the plaintiffs have only identified one product manufactured by the company and have not provided any causal l

Radiator Specialty Asserts Federal Hazardous Substances Act in Removal

Radiator Specialty has removed the claims of a plaintiff who alleges that benzene exposure caused his leukemia, saying that the Federal Hazardous Substances Act applies to the claims

Transfer in Benzene Lawsuit Involving Cosmetics Industry Becomes Official

An order transferring a benzene case filed against the cosmetics industry from Oakland to Santa Clara, Calif., has become official

Judge Rules on Several <i>In Limine</i> Motions in Ongoing Benzene Trial

A judge overseeing an ongoing benzene trial has denied several <i>in limine</i> motions which sought the preclusion of several plaintiff expert witnesses

Benzene Defendants Oppose Motion to Exclude Asbestos-Related Litigation Testimony

Chevron is opposing a motion in limine which seeks to preclude testimony relating to plaintiff's former involvement in asbestos

Plaintiffs Set to Take Deposition of BP Corporation CEO

Plaintiffs with benzene claims set to be tried in August are scheduled to take the deposition of BP Corporation North America Inc. CEO John Browne on July 28

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