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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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J&J Defendants Seek Summary Judgment on Misleading Advertising Claims Relating to Baby Products

Johnson & Johnson defendants have challenged a lawsuit alleging that their Baby products were misleading labeled as hypoallergenic, maintaining that the plaintiffs’ interpretation of the term is implausible and “precludes any triable issues on their claims.”


Michigan Townships and Wolverine World Wide Reach $69.5 Million in PFOA, PFOS Water Contamination Suit

Michigan Townships and Wolverine World Wide Inc. have reached a settlement agreement regarding water contamination claims, with the company agreeing to pay nearly $70 million to cover costs related to remediation work.


Roundup MDL Court Pushes Back Pretrial Conference, Hearing on Wave 1 Motions

The California federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for Roundup personal injury claims has pushed back a pretrial hearing in what is scheduled to be the next case to proceed to trial in wake of reports that global settlement talks are nearing completion.


Multi-Plaintiff Roundup Trial in Missouri Pulled Off Trial Docket

After informing parties that opening statements would begin on Wednesday, Feb. 5, a Missouri state court has pulled a multi-plaintiff Roundup personal injury lawsuit off the trial docket, as discussions on a global settlement continue.


Calif. Roundup Trial Continued Shortly Before Opening Statements as Settlement Talks Continue

Parties involved in a California Roundup case slated to begin trial have reached an agreement to postpone the proceedings, as work on a global settlement agreement to resolve Roundup personal injury claims continues.


Issue #181, January 2020

Radiator Specialty Moves for Summary Judgment in Benzene Action, Says Claims Preempted

Radiator Specialty has filed a motion for summary judgment in a benzene personal injury lawsuit, contending that the claims are preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substance Act.


Pa. Court Dismisses Benzene Personal Injury Action, Notes Claims Have Settled

A Pennsylvania federal court has dismissed a benzene personal injury action, noting that the remaining parties have reported that the claims had been settled.


Pa. Court Schedules Personal Jurisdiction Hearing in Benzene Personal Injury Action

A Pennsylvania trial court has scheduled a rule hearing to address challenges to personal jurisdiction in a recently filed benzene personal injury complaint, according to a recent court document.


New Benzene Complaints Pending in Pa. State Court, Say Auto Work Caused Injuries

Two new benzene personal injury lawsuits have been filed in Pennsylvania state court, with the plaintiffs contending that auto work required them to work with benzene-containing solvents, brake cleaners, and degreasers.


Plaintiffs, Safety-Kleen Reach Settlement Agreement in North Carolina Benzene Case

Plaintiffs with benzene personal injury claims pending in North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with the lone remaining defendant in the action, Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., according to recent court documents.


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